Soupy sales passes away.

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I don't mind you guys comin' 'round my house," Soupy Sales once said to the off-camera guys cracking up at his jokes, "but why'd you have to bring cameras in?" His afternoon TV show, aimed at kids and running in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York off and on from the 1950s through the '70s, had the seeming informality of a friendly fellow you'd hire to entertain the tots. He'd crack venerable jokes, play with puppets, teach the occasional verity ("Don't eat just before dinner") and, at the end, get a custard pie in the face. Simple stuff, really, but delivered with a brio that kept generations of children giggling. So his death Thursday, at 83, in a Bronx hospice after years of declining health, has to raise a tear, and a reflective silly grin.

Soupy Sales Death: Farewell to the Pieman - TIME
 
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