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Miss U.S. Television

The Miss America pageant has been conducted since 1921, but it's only been televised since 1954. Before then, it briefly had competition when the Miss U.S. Television contest, conducted by the DuMont Television Network, aired in 1950. Watch the full pageant at the internet archive, or a version edited for length below. It has a strange opening segment in which the contestants introduce themselves, framed by a fake TV set. Then they go on to their talent performances, some of which were truly awful. The winner was a young Edie Adams.

According to wikipedia, the Miss U.S. Television contest only took place once, but there must have been subsequent pageants that used the same title, since once can find women being crowned Miss U.S. Television in later years, such as Phyllis Maygers (below), who won the title in 1952.

Altergott Does SpongeBob

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I am taking the liberty of "reprinting" a page from the latest SpongeBob comic because it features the newest work from our resident genius artist Rick Altergott. The whole issue is hilarious, and you should grab one for yourself or any young budding WU-vie.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 15, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Television, Weird Universe, Comics, Cartoons

Follies of the Mad Men #181


We're aligning our product with a subculture that is the butt (no pun intended) of thousands of late-night comedy-show jokes, and whose practitioners are seen as eccentric perverts.

That said, I bet the ad agency had a lot of fun at the photo shoot.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 03, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Television, 1960's, Nudism

Most Televised Girl in America


Was the rightful bearer of this distinction Rita Morley?


Or was it Sue Read?

Morley's claim is better documented. I can't really learn much about Read other than this:


Anyhow, who could rightfully claim the title today?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 13, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Celebrities, Television, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's

Horrible Norman Lear Show

This little clip proves that even geniuses can fail. The show lasted two whole episodes.

Did anyone catch this when it first aired?

Info here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 03, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Television, 1970's

Winky Dink and You

The voice of Betty Boop launched a thousand TV screen scribbles and parental curses....

Have fun playing with your "winky dink" at home!

Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 31, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Disasters, Television, 1950's

Emma Peel Unpeeled

Anyone who ever fell for Diana Rigg as Emma Peel--and judging from the comments lately, there are many such among the WU-vies--will have their heads (and possibly other body parts) explode upon viewing this clip, which was banned in the USA at the time of its release.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 26, 2012 | Comments (13)
Category: Television, Sex Symbols, 1960's, Europe

Finnish TV James Bond Ad

Wait, huh, what--? This is the latest "Bond Girl"?!?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 12, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Television, Advertising, Sex Symbols

New Starving Muppet

Couldn't Cookie Monster just share!?!

Article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 06, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Puppets and Automatons, Television

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

All you need to know here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 01, 2011 | Comments (6)
Category: Television, Comics, 1970's, Parody
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