(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 2 Apr 1992 10:26:00 MST
This will never reach you in time to be any good for the opening you are
doing, but I thought I would bring it up anyway, since it makes a great
On January 14, 1969 Red Skelton came out and started his comedy hour in the
normal fashion. He did his routine with the two sea gulls (Herman and
Grutrude I think he called them) and then he did something completely out
of character. He got serious. What he did became know as Red Skelton, The
Pledge of Allegiance.
I have heard people read what he said on that date, but it never had the
same impact that it has when Red Skelton does it himself.
Red Skelton's review of the Pledge of Allegiance was released as done on the
T.V. Show (you can hear the laughing from the punch line from the sea gull
joke) by Columbia Records as a 45rpm record.
If there is anyone out there who can tell people how to get this record
from Columbia, please do so. If not, I am willing to risk copy right
prosceution to make copies on cassettes to those interested. The copies
are not perfect (the record was used a lot before I transfered the copy to
a cassette and stopped using it). I would hope that Red Skelton would not
get upset by copies made this way to spread one of the principals he seems
to hold so dear.
So if you want a copy, mail me a cassette with return postage (a return
envelope would help also). The cassette needs at least four 1/2 minutes of
free tape time. Beleive me, this is one of those things that make for the
hearing of a pin drop when he finishes.
8060 E. Eli St.
Tucson, AZ 85710-5819
P.S. Don't wait too long, I am moving near the end of May!
P.P.S. Gad I hope Columbia does not come ater me, I just think this
recording is too good to keep bottled up somewhere and I have not seen it
in the stores for years.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City