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Gary Owens
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Radio Personality
    (May 10, 1934-February 12, 2015)
    Born in Mitchell, South Dakota
    Birth name is Gary Altman
    Hosted the prime-time Gong Show (1976–1977)
    Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1980)
    Radio Hall of Fame inductee (1994)
    Author of ‘The (What to Do While You’re Holding the) Phone Book (1973)’
    Voice announcer for ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in,’ ‘The Perils of Penelope Pitstop,’ ‘Garfield and Friends’ and ‘Ren and Stimpy’
    ‘And now here he is, Gary Owens. Thank you very much, me.’
    He was the son of an auditor and sheriff.
    He often used nonexistent words in his recitations (for example, ‘krenellemuffin,’ or a short pause).
    His signature phrase was ‘beautiful downtown Burbank.’
    He estimated having hosted roughly 12,000 radio shows in his lifetime. (Shows or episodes?)
    He had a rich baritone voice, well suited to radio — and far smoother than Chuck Barris.
    He was a fan of The Shadow.
    He was a 20-year-veteran of KMPC radio in Los Angeles.
    He appeared on the very first episode of Sesame Street.
    He could mix and shift between straight and silly activity easily.
    One nonsense word – ‘insegrevious’ – made its way, albeit for only a ‘krenellemuffin,’ into the Funk and Wagnalls dictionary.
    Whereas the Barris version of the Gong Show awarded $516,32, his awarded $712,05 (later $716,32).
    There were only three other lifelong Laugh-In cast members.

Credit: Cool It All Right?


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