Soupy to Nuts!
A History of Detroit Television
by Tim Kiska
8 x 9 / softcover / 232 pages / $24.95
Back in the 1940s - before coaxial cable from the East Coast reached Detroit - television was as local as Vernors, Sanders Hot Fudge and Hudson's. There was room for clowns, bowlers, philosophers, journalists, adventurers, movie mavens, wrestlers and magicians.
The people who put these shows on were drunks, geniuses, thugs, heroes, artists, craftsmen, hustlers and poets. Some were all of these things at times. A few were all these things before lunch.
As the medium grew, thousands of Detroiters visited Channel 4 to see Milky the Clown, danced on Channel 62's The Scene or tuned in to watch bombastic anchorman Bill Bonds. With the evaporation of distinct local television, a piece of Detroit's character disappeared.
From Soupy to Nuts! is a snapshot of Detroit TV history - from Sonny Eliot, Bozo the Clown, Bill Kennedy, Lou Gordon and Gil Maddox to Al Ackerman, Sir Graves Ghastly, Dick the Bruiser and Mr. Belvedere.
"Here's all you ever wanted to know about your Detroit TV favorites- from Bonds to Bozo. From Soupy to Nuts! has it all- a neat trip down that long lane of Detroit television memories." -Dick Purtan, WOMC-FM
"Jump into Tim Kiska's Detroit TV Time Machine with From Soupy To Nuts! and take a cruise through Motor City cathode ray memories. With this nifty channel-surfing encyclopedia, Kiska puts you back in front of the TV with everyone from Soupy Sales to Sagebrush Shorty and Van Patrick to Rita Bell. All that and bombastic Bill Bonds, too! A terrific reference guide to the people and personalities who put their stamp on Detroit television." - Mike Duffy, Detroit Free Press
"From the time I picked it up it was nothing but laughs. One day I intend to read it."- Soupy Sales
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