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George Leslie Gobel (May 20, 1919 - February 24, 1991) was an American comedian, best known as the star of his own weekly NBC television show, The George Gobel Show, from 1954 to 1960. May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ...

Gobel was born in Chicago. Initially a country music singer, he appeared on the National Barn Dance on WLS radio and, after service in World War II, turned to comedy. During World War II, Gobel served as a flight instructor on AT-9 aircraft at Altus, Oklahoma, and later on B-26 aircraft at Frederick, Oklahoma. Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The National Barn Dance was a former country music radio program broadcast in the early period of radio over the facilities of WLS in Chicago, Illinois. ... WLS (Worlds Largest Store) is the callsign two broadcast stations in Chicago: radio station WLS AM 890 TV station WLS-TV 7 (DTV 52) WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) see Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery   This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Curtiss AT-9 Jeep was a twin-engined advanced trainer aircraft used by the United States during World War II to bridge the gap between single-engine trainers and twin-engine combat aircraft. ... Altus is a city located in Jackson County, Oklahoma. ... See A-26 Invader for the plane known as the B-26 from 1948 to 1962. ... Frederick is a city in Tillman County, Oklahoma, United States. ...

In 1954 he got his own network TV show on NBC, a comedy show that showcased Gobel's quiet, homespun style of humor. Its centerpiece was a monologue that usually recounted humorous stories about things that had supposedly happened to him, as well as stories about his wife, "Spooky Old Alice." Gobel's hesitant delivery and penchant for getting tangled in digressions were the chief sources of comedy, more important than the actual content of the stories he told. His monologues popularized several catch phrases, notably "Well then there now" (repeated by James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause) and "Well, I'll be a dirty bird." A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is spontaneously popularized after a critical amount of widespread repeated usage in everyday conversation (i. ... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ...

Gobel described himself as "Lonesome George," and the nickname stuck for the rest of his career. The TV show typically included a segment in which Gobel appeared with a guitar, started to sing, then got sidetracked into a story, with the song always left unfinished after fitful starts and stops. He had a special version of the Gibson L-5 archtop guitar built, featuring diminished dimensions of neck scale and body depth, befitting his own small stature; a series of several dozen of this "L-5CT" or "George Gobel" model was produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also played harmonica. In 1957 three B-52 Stratofortress bombers made the first nonstop round-the-world flight by turbojet aircraft. One of the aircraft was christened "Lonesome George." The crew appeared on George Gobel's prime-time television show and recounted their mission which took them 45 hours, and 19 minutes. Categories: Stub ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Gobel appeared in several films and as a guest on various TV programs, including Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. He became a regular panelist on the TV show Hollywood Squares. In the early 80's, Gobel played Otis Harper, Jr, the mayor of Harper Valley in the television series based on the film Harper Valley PTA. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Hollywood Squares title screen The Hollywood Squares was an American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ... Harper Valley is the fictitious community named in the 1968 hit song Harper Valley PTA as well as the movie and television series of the same name. ... Harper Valley PTA was an early 1980s U.S. television sitcom based on the 1978 film Harper Valley PTA, which was itself based on the 1968 hit song recorded by country singer Jeannie C. Riley, written by Tom T. Hall. ...

George Gobel died in 1991, survived by his wife Alice and three children. He is interred in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. The San Fernando Mission Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery operated by the Los Angeles Archdiocese since 1800, and is located at 11160 Stranwood Avenue in the Mission Hills community of northern Los Angeles, California, near the Mission San Fernando Rey de España. ... Mission Hills is a suburban community in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, California. ...


  • After following Bob Hope and Dean Martin on The Tonight Show, Gobel famously quipped to Johnny Carson, "Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?" Also " Did you ever think some other guys Cock is bigger than yours!"

Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

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George Gobel (131 words)
George Leslie Gobel (May 20, 1919 - February 24, 1991) was an American comedian, born in Chicago, Illinois, and known as Lonesome George.
His comedy routines were mainly humorous stories about things that had supposedly happened to him (and his wife "Alice"), and they often involved word play, such as spoonerisms ("in one swell foop").
George Gobel is interred in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.
gobelsquares (1614 words)
George Gobel was born in Chicago in May 1919.
George Gobel: And he also believes that 18 minutes of the new testament are missing.
George Gobel: Well, in the first place, they can't believe their eyes the first 20 or 30 times.
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