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Birthdate :January 8, 1926
Country :United States
Sign : Capricorn
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Soupy Sales Timeline
1917His older brothers are Marvin who goes by Jack (born 1917) and Leonard (born 1918); both brothers survive him.
1920According to Sales' autobiography, the name Soupy Sales was derived from two things. "Soupy" came from "Soupbone", a nickname he got in his youth which was a mispronunciation of his real last name, Supman; and Sales came from the suggestion of an Ohio television manager who knew of a comic named "Chick Sales". Soupy knew that the man was referring to 1920s comic actor Charles 'Chic' Sale, but didn't correct him and accepted the name. Sales also went by the name of "Soupy Hines" for a while, which was a reference to (and a misspelling of) the famous soup company.
1944Graduated in 1944 from Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Randall (APA-224) in the South Pacific during the latter part of World War II.
1944Graduated from Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia in 1944. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the South Pacific during the latter part of World War II. After the war, he graduated from Marshall College, where he earned a Master's degree in Journalism.
1951His first pie to the face came in 1951, when the newly christened Soupy Sales (aka Milton Supman) was hosting a children's show in Cleveland.
1964In a 1964 incident that nearly ended his career, Sales jokingly told his young viewers on his syndicated show to "take some of those green pieces of paper with pictures of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Lincoln and Jefferson on them" from their parents' wallets and send them to him, and he would send them a postcard from Puerto Rico. Several young viewers did send Sales some money, but all were returned. He was suspended from television for a week, but the incident made his show "cool" and boosted his ratings when he returned to the air.
1965Numerous celebrities have been on the receiving end of Soupy's pies over the years, including, on one memorable occasion (c. 1965), Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Trini López, all on the same program, in the same sketch.
1965He had a pair of albums that hit the Billboard Top 10 in 1965 and his surprise hit single, the novelty song "Do the Mouse," sold 250,000 copies in New York alone.
1980Has been a popular New York City area radio personality since the early 1980s.
1985Joined WNBC-AM as a disc jockey in 1985, a stint best remembered because Sales filled the hours between shock jocks Don Imus and Howard Stern.
19951995 - Broke his leg, which has since limited his walking ability.
20002000 - Had surgery to repair damage to his vocal cords.
2001Mr. Sales attended the "Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show", at Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn, in North Hollywood, California, on October 6th & 7th, 2001.