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Joe Franklin
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TV Personality
    (March 9, 1926-January 24, 2015)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Record librarian for WNEW NYC Radio's 'Make Believe Ballroom!'
    Hosted 'Joe Franklin's Nostalgic Record Store' on radio
    Hosted a late night old movie TV show in New York City which evolved into 'Joe Franklin's Memory Lane'/'Joe Franklin Show' (1950-August 6, 1993)
    Hosted 'When Movies Were Movies!' (1970's)
    Wrote 'A Gift For People,' 'Classics of the Silent Screen,' 'Joe Franklin's Encyclopedia of Comedians' and co-authored 'Up Late With Joe Franklin'
    A dispute with WABC TV caused him to move his show to WOR TV (1962).
    He is boring and lacks personality.
    His statements about show business are not always accurate.
    He claims that Bud Abbott was a lion tamer and a race car driver before meeting Lou Costello. Bud Abbott was an epileptic, hence he couldn't drive a car or work with wild animals.
    He claimed Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner's brother Keith Hefner played 'Tommy Seven the Clown' and was dead. Although Keith did appear on 'The Tommy Seven Show' he did not play Tommy Seven and was alive at the time.
    He was known to interrupt his guests with inane chatter such as 'What do you hear from Elvis' or 'This man eats more for breakfast than you do. Boss!.'
    Most of the time the guests on his shows were 'nobodies' who were barely in show business.
    He constantly hawked Martin's Paint, a local New York paint and hardware store.
    His interest in nostalgia began when his mom bought him a record player and some old records.
    Writing for his school newspaper he interviewed George M. Cohan.
    A guest on his show, author Fanny Hurst, gave him the rights to use 'Memory Lane,' a chapter title from her book 'The Book was Calda Lilly.'
    Uncle Floyd good naturedly mock him on Uncle Floyd's show.
    A Broadway restaurant was named in his honor: 'The Joe Franklin Memory Lane Restaurant.'
    Because just about anyone could get on his show, many entertainers were given their first TV exposure there. These include Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Bill Cosby and Woody Allen.
    Information Provided by Kevin S. Butler
    For 2018, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 172 Votes: 62.79% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 11 Votes: 63.64% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 9 Votes: 88.89% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 18 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 20 Votes: 65.00% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 55 Votes: 72.73% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 31 Votes: 70.97% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 74 Votes: 66.22% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 126 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 247 Votes: 68.83% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 318 Votes: 69.81% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 168 Votes: 75.60% Annoying
 
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