Wednesday, April 28, 2010

WTRLTPSD? (Pt. III)

Mousers, this NEXT interview segment got a little hard to write at first, because it was where The Chief was tellin' me about his new DVD project. Now, whilst I'M working on a book about LL, I'm hoping that the DVD will finally come out in all the glory and fanfare and promotion that Lloyd deserved.
Let's get on with Part III of the interview, okay?




Q: Now, you have a DVD in the works chronicling your famous teen show. Tell us about it.

A: The DVD's called My Name Is Lloyd Thaxton: SO WHAT?? That's the way I'd begin each show: state my name, with the audience yelling the reply you just read. With so many memories, performers and terrific audiences on board, it's hard to pick just the right ones for the finished product. Already, I'm flattered by the number of people who've already written in with advance orders!

Q: Lloyd, if you could pick three specific moments in your television and broadcasting career that stand out as the most memorable, what would they be?

A: That's a tough one. All the moments are memorable. I have been blessed. I have always been happy with my work and it has given me so much enjoyment. Life is good.

I guess I would have to say that one of the most memorable moments in my life was when I was offered my first job out of college. It was as staff Announcer at WSPD-TV right in my own home town. It was a dream come true. Here was a station that I had been listening to all my life and I was actually WORKING THERE!

Number two big moment was the first time I went to New York City after my show went into syndication. Someone on the street came up and asked me for an autograph. It was thrilling to realize that my show was now on in New York City. Wow! BIG time

But, I have to say that the best moment of my life was when I heard my mother introducing me to some one as "This is my son, Lloyd Thaxton."

Note, she didn't say, "This is my son, Lloyd." It was "This is my son, Lloyd THAXTON!" I was so excited and happy that I was able to make my mother that proud of me. To her, I was really somebody. I WAS A CONTENDER!


Lloyd, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. You've accomplished so much, and brought so many smiles and good vibrations to people, during your career. It's been a total pleasure talking with you.

Thank YOU ... it was MY pleasure!

Let's do a little clarification here: Uncle Lloyd entered the game as a "contender" (as anybody in the entertainment business does) ...
but he left it as a true, 100%, American-made, dyed-in-the-wool WINNER!!

With his inspiration, we saw scores of local teen shows like Charlotte, NC's Kilgo's Kanteen emerge; various acts (some, just emerging) become major "contenders" for the gold (record) due in part to their appearances on his show; thousands more feel better about (and improve) themselves through his (and Alston's) book Stuff Happens. Thanks, in part, to his creativity, we've seen the growing popularity of something called the music video. That's not including everyone who was taught a little about consumer items through his Fight Back! vignettes, or those whose knowledge was enriched by his Today Show segments!

MOUSERS!! Just got an IDEA!! (well, there's ALWAYS a first time, right??) LET'S BAND TOGETHER TO GET LLOYD INTO THE "ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME"!
If you're in, just lemme know here, at my regular email, or on our Facebook page, We Remember Lloyd Thaxton.
Now, I've got more coming up in about 24, so ...

stay tuned ...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WTRLTPSD? (Pt II)

CONTINUING FROM PT. I: This interview first ran in a classic rock blog of mine years ago, then crossed the information superhighway ... where it was hit by a lot of incoming traffic (that's not bad, btw: the goal of EVERY site is to get a lot of "hits"). So, without further ado, here's Part 2 of my interview with Uncle Lloyd (PS He picked out the title ... and I've updated the intro just a smidge.):


People were watching after all. One of them was Jerry Lewis, He became a regular guest and one of the reasons for my growing audience. After two years of "Record Shop," an afternoon slot opened up and I pitched "The Lloyd Thaxton Show." I told the powers that be that I would do exactly what I was doing on the Record Shop but I would be surrounded by teens. I would have them join me in doing the lip-syncs, the playing of instruments, etc. And, they would add a dance element to the mix.

The combination worked. In the first year the ratings became gigantic and in 1964 The Lloyd Thaxton Show was picked up for syndication. I was now nationwide.

Between "The Lloyd Thaxton Record SHOP" and "The Lloyd Thaxton SHOW," I did eight years. Throughout the changeover in 1961, I was doing both shows at the same time. Seven days of "Shop" in the morning and week-ends, and five afternoons of "Show" at 5 o'clock. Twelve one-hour shows a week for the first year. When it all ended in 1967, I had done a grand total of over 2900 shows. It was a great run.


Q: In your opinion, are there positive similarities between today's teens and the kids of the mid-1960s? If so, what would they be?

A: One of the most positive similarities is that the teens of today and the teens of 1960 shared one thing for sure; they were all between the ages of 13 and 20! Seriously, the teen-age years has always been a wonderful and fun time of life. I've had a chance to talk to a lot of teens today and have found they haven't changed that much. Some good, some bad. Same for the 60's; some good, some bad. Truth be known, I would rather do a show with teens than adults any time. Once you earn their respect, you are home free. It was the teen-agers who were on my show that made it the wonderful show it was. They were terrific. I loved everyone of them.
Q: Now, after the show ended, you went on to host other shows, and produced over 200 segments for the Today Show. That NBC show is #1 among morning shows, and is watched faithfully by millions of viewers. What were some of your favorite segments, and how long does it take to get one of those from the drawing board to air-able product?

A: The Today Show represented some of my most favorite TV years. I was producing and directing "Fight Back! with David Horowitz" at NBC in Burbank. It started out local and small but, similar to my experience with The Lloyd Thaxton Show, it grew into a top rated hit, was syndicated, and lasted eighteen years.

One of the reasons for our popularity was what we called "The Commercial Challenge." We did everything from dropping 10-ton wrecking balls on Timex watches to throwing Hefty trash bags out of helicopters. These bits were zany and off the wall (yes we also bounced products off walls) and so exciting to do. Fight Back! delivered a powerful message.

The Today Show producers caught our drift and we were contracted to do a regular one-day-a-week spot. These features were shot all over the country and produced and edited in Burbank. David and I flew to New York every five weeks. We presented one feature live and taped lead-ins and lead-outs with either Bryant Gumbel or Jane Pauley and ran the other four spots on tape. Five weeks later we came back with another batch. We did this for five years. I loved it.

How long to put one together? First the idea had to be created, then researched for accuracy. That took several days. We had a large staff. Usually we would shoot it in about two days and with one day of editing we were off for New York.

Q: You also co-wrote a very successful book called STUFF HAPPENS (and then you fix it)! with John Alston. Give us a little background on the compilation of that book, and why you and John chose that particular subject.

A: I met John after someone pitched one of his presentation tapes to me for a possible TV show.The show didn't happen, but John and I struck up a wonderful friendship. In our conversations we found that, though John grew up in mostly black South Central LA and I grew up in the WASP capital of the world, Toledo Ohio, we had so much in common. We each had similar ups and downs throughout our careers but somehow had always ended on the "up" side. We talked many times about what we had done right. One day I said to John, "Let's write it down." That became the basis for "Stuff Happens (and then you fix it)". The message: It's not what happens to you that's important, it's how you respond to what happens. It's been a wonderful experience for both of us. John is a fantastic speaker and very successful at his trade.

WANT MORE, MOUSERS?? Well, you're in luck .... Part III comes up tomorrow afternoon.
So stay tuned ...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Will The Real Lloyd Thaxton Please SIT DOWN??

This interview first ran in a classic rock blog of mine years ago, then crossed the information superhighway ... where it was hit by a lot of incoming traffic (that's not bad, btw: the goal of EVERY site is to get a lot of "hits"). So, without further ado, here's my interview with Uncle Lloyd (PS He picked out the title ... and I've updated the intro just a smidge.):

During the 1960's, THE LLOYD THAXTON SHOW was the favorite spot for thousands of young people throughout the United States. From the Monkees to the "Mashed Potato", Lloyd gave the kids an awesome mix of dance, special musical guest stars - and the great Thaxton humor. When the show left the air, he went on to produce "Fight Back! with David Horowitz", over 200 segments of the Today show, gain five Emmys, and co-write the popular book, "STUFF HAPPENS - and then you fix it!" Just prior to his passing, he was producing a new DVD chronicling his famous teen show. I caught up with Lloyd in May of 2007 and he graciously consented to this interview:

Lloyd, thanks for taking time out for this interview. You've got a lot of fans throughout the country, both of your teen show and of your book, Stuff Happens. First, give us a little background on the real Lloyd Thaxton.

A: Well, my dad was born in Kentucky. I don't know where in Kentucky. I do know that it was on a farm and my dad had to leave school in the eighth grade to work the farm.

A self-educated man, he became the wisest person I have ever known. He was a newspaperman working at the Memphis Press-Scimitar when he met and married my mom. When I was only 18 (months, that is), they dragged me screaming off to Toledo, Ohio. Destination: The Toledo Blade. Some people are born with silver spoons in their mouths. I was born with black ink in my nose. I think it was during that trip that I originated the phrase, "Are we there yet?"

So that's Ohio and Kentucky. Don't know of any family in West Virginia, but two out of three ain't bad.


Q: The Lloyd Thaxton Show debuted, nationally, in 1964 -- and it was a hit with kids all across America. How and when did you get the idea for a teen show?
A: How one gets from one stage of their career to another is a long story, so I'll jump from 1950, when I started staff announcing at WSPD-TV in Toledo, to my 1959 staff announcing job at KCOP Hollywood. KCOP was
developing an ongoing promotion contest that would allow all kinds of small businesses to actually get an ad on TV. With their participation in the promotion, each business was given a 15-second commercial on KCOP. In order to fulfill this obligation, KCOP had to come up with a program that could accommodate all these new commercials. At first they considered a morning show that would consist of nothing BUT commercials. KCOP's reasoning was that no one was watching the station in the morning anyway.

That is, no one but the FCC, with all their pesky little rules (like, you've got to have at least SOME programming). After much determined research, they found out that they could get around this little inconvenience by placing at least 3-minutes of actual programming between each 2-minute commercial break. The hardest question now for the station to solve was to find a program that could be broken up in three minute segments and still make sense. One lead genius in the programming department came up with the bright realization that records were all about three minutes long.
"Let's get Lloyd to do a show. He used to be a disk jockey. Let him play 3-minute records."

A format was born: I would play a 3-minute record, then read 2-minutes of commercials. Then I play another 3-minute record followed by another reading of 2-minutes of commercials. This would continue throughout the live program, one hour a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. I tried to run and hide, but one of the duties of a staff announcer is to do what ever you are told to do and I was told to do, "The Lloyd Thaxton Record Shop." What they couldn't do, however, was tell me what to do while the record was playing? (Program Director: "Lloyd, I told you no one would be watching").

And that's when the real "Lloyd Thaxton" stood up to the challenge. I began to create live music videos. I lip-synced records, I cut out album covers and stuck my lips in place of the artists lips, I created the singing finger-people and learned to fake the piano, the organ, the guitar and my beat-up trumpet and trombone. I made it work.I also interviewed some great Musical guests. Anyone who was plugging a record or album jumped at the chance for the exposure. They talked, I faked their records. I did this show for three years and guess what? The ratings actually started to move up!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Imitation: The Sincerest Form of _____

By the time The Lloyd Thaxton Show had become the 5 PM staple on TV sets around the country, there were imitators beginning to pop up all over the place. Quite a few of them were good, but they still lacked the "secret ingredient" that LL used in all his shows.

One such show was called Kilgo's Kanteen, a Saturday afternoon fave amongst the Piedmont-area (N.C.) teens (I was one, hailing from Charlotte). Hosted by WSOC radio DJ Jimmy Kilgo, it leaped to the top of the local Nielsens, right behind Arthur Smith and his Crackerjacks (incidentally, Arthur was the one who created Guitar Boogie, an instrumental that became the most popular riff in rock).


Because the LT Show was grabbing such great ratings and didn't require a humongous budget, WSOC-TV (Channel 9) in Charlotte decided to have their own version, with Jimmy at the helm.
The boyish, wide-eyed wonder came up with a very cool format: Have the kids in a "soda shop", where they could sit at round tables and enjoy a Coke or soft drink between dances (of course, it was all created in the SOC studio). He'd emcee, introduce the latest danceable hits and interact with his high-school guests -- and, in the process, gained a tremendous regional fanbase.

Jimmy had some great local talent on tap for his show, as well as regional hitmakers. The Nomads, The Gayelords (who did a knockout version of The Animals' "I'm Crying"), The Paragons and others. Even my band (a short-lived, Byrds-like troupe we called Sons of Dylan) was scheduled thanks to producer Bob Champion, but we had to renege: a death in two of the members' families.

While Jimmy did a great job (he and his lovely wife, Wilma, are still with us and live in the Charlotte area), he still has every appreciation for Lloyd and the trails that he blazed. He and LL had three things in common, outside their career similarities (both DJs, both inspired to do teen shows, etc.):
(1) A very sincere love for the kids, whether in-studio or watching on television.
(2) A great appreciation for the rock genre and its performers.
(3) Belief that you don't need million-dollar setups and getups to become successful. All you need is a handful of creativity, a pinch of self-confidence, a dash of coolness ... and a whole lotta love for what you do!

Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery. And, believe me, Uncle Lloyd would've been more than flattered by the show that patterned itself after a small studio wonder outta KCOP-13 in L.A.

Stay tuned ...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ahhh, The Way We Were ...

Like most people my age, on occasion I take a trip down Memory Lane and relive the thrilling days of yesteryear -- especially those surrounding the debut of the Lloyd Thaxton Show.
Remember? We'd just lost one of the most popular U.S. Presidents to an assassin's bullet a few months before; television had that marvelous color scheme of black-and-white; and the British Invasion was stealing American rockers' thunder (in fact, that's one of the reasons The Kinks stopped touring the U.S. 'Tis true!).

Well, yesterday, I noticed the following memory-jogger in the MH mailbox -- and found myself back in that amazing way-back machine we call "memory". Formatted to sound like an old fogey fussing at a young, Brylcreemed, acne-troubled whippersnapper, see how many of these you remember (btw, thanks to Vicki Ritchie for her fab email, though I added a little at the end:)

" ... when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the darn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! You had to hitchhike to the record store with a couple bucks that you had to beg from your folks, or use your allowance, to buy a 45 or LP!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape your favorite song off the radio with a little reel-to-reel recorder, but the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up! There were no CD players!

There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a darn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOD, think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!! (Texting?? Let me refer you to the second paragraph above ...)

We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting, either. If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it! And we didn't have Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, the collection agent -- you just didn't know! You had to pick it up and take your chances ...

We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! By the late Sixties, we had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square. You actually had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... FOREVER! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE ...
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your keister and walk over to the TV to change the channel. NO REMOTES!!

There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons! But it was well worth it (by the way, they had more "frames per second", so it really DID look like Tom was gonna catch Jerry! SO much smoother ...)

Oh, yeah ... and we didn't have microwaves, either. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

And forget about these rock shows on MTV, with their flashy, eccentric emcees trying to act cool in front of million-dollar sets. Those are a dime a dozen!
We had a guy who, in just a suit and tie but with carloads of imagination, humor and plenty of records, pranced around a low-budget TV studio like an elf on Christmas Eve and made rock and roll fun. He didn't have a script to go by, just a bunch of teenagers in that little studio -- and some of the best stars in the business.

But he could beat YOUR hotshot emcees in a heartbeat because, while they're struggling to stay on the air, THE LLOYD THAXTON SHOW was the most popular teen show in America for about six years straight!


Ahhh, those were the days!

Stay tuned ...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Meeting At High Noone

Awhile back, I had the distinct privilege of talking at length with Peter Noone (he of Herman's Hermits, who, you might remember, played The LT Show). An amazing young man (well, he is! I'll explain in a minute ...), he still retains the lively, witty personality that made him a star to begin with.
But wait ... there's more!
"Herman" (named after the cartoon dude "Sherman" of Mr. Peabody's "way-back-machine" fame) has grown into quite a rock historian as well as savvy philosopher. He still has the looks that charmed millions of girls and some rabbits back then.
The last I'd heard of the other four: Karl Green (bass and left-handed, bless him) is now doing sound and keyboard installations; Keith Hopwood (rhythm guitar) is still performing and producing; Derek ("Lek") Leckenby (lead guitarist), sadly, lost a battle with cancer back in 1994.
Now, I'll use my other blog to share some of my interviews with him, but, for now. I'll ...
wait! I forgot their drummer, Barry Whitwam ...
Barry's now fronting the band, Herman's Hermits!

Ummmm ... WHAT?!?!?

Actually, there are two HH bands making the circuits! One is Barry's band, which is pretty much limited to UK (Britain, not that Kentucky university) gigs, and the other is Peter's band, which is actually a group of very coordinated and talented backing musicians.
The dig is that Herman Himself can't use the name of his old band over in England and, if Barry wanted to bring his troupe to America, he can't use the Hermits moniker.

But there's only one real Herman ... and, when you look at his "spunk" (that's allowed here in the states. Dunno about the UK ...), his creativity, his fan-friendly personality, and the fact that he's kept his hair, you'll see a guy who was more like Uncle Lloyd than most other rockers (Freddie Garrity excepted. More about this amazing "court jester of rock" later. RIP, mate ...).

And he and LL had one other trait: Due to their lively, optimistic and creative personalities, their fame has lasted lonnnnnnng after the British Invasion. In other words, they proved Andy Warhol wrong when he said that everybody has their 15 minutes of fame.
They took that "15 minutes" ... and extended it to fit a lifetime!

More info on the book progress soon, so stay tuned ...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Man's Gotta Do What A Man's Gotta Do

It was a phrase that made the great John Wayne famous.

You know what I mean: if Black Bart was a-comin', the schoolmarm (who always looked like Maureen O'Hara for some reason) would beg John, the sharrrf (cowboy for "sheriff"), not to go out and meet him -- he might get shot, and she loved him and who'd take care of her and her son and the movie would be over in thirty minutes and they'd lose money ...

While she was sobbing (she'd always hug him as she did so), he'd strap on his six-shooter, pause for a moment, look in the distance then drawl out those famous words:
"Wellllla-man'z-god-da-do-whad-da-man's-god-da-do ..."

Then she'd bawl as he sauntered out to the middle of town and wait for the inevitable showdown, shoot the bad guy ... then come back, cue the violins and hold her close until the credits rolled.

Now, we're coming up with a new book about Uncle Lloyd, and there's loads of material to go through. And since it takes time to research everything (actually, TIME™ didn't agree to release any material, so I turned to the local college library ...), I've had to cut the cheese ... er, take a couple of days away from posting to get all the material organized and collated.

But, among the clips, stills, articles, sound bites, music and more, I found some really boss things about the Boss:
  • Due to his innovative, sometimes wacky ideas to match music with non-musical movement, he's been considered by many to be "the father of the music video". No word on who the mother was ...
  • He was also the proud papa of televised, improvisational humor. The man worked with no set script, no big rehearsals -- just with what came from that amazingly-fertile mind of his (does this still work? Watch The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which not only is wildly popular but just won a Peabody Award, and ask me again ...).
  • Despite what some have printed, LL was actually the co-founder of the legendary Tiger Beat! magazine ... not just a "columnist"!

Lloyd wasn't born into a "glitz-and-glamour" world with everything handed to him on a silver plate (apologies to Paris Hilton), and he worked his way up from ground level to become the most popular teen show host in the nation!
He didn't have a zillion-dollar budget for the show, either ... he just rolled up his sleeves, grabbed a huge helping of that dynamic, lively Thaxton attitude, and headed for a small studio to not only bring the best of music and mayhem to your TV, but to show the world that, no matter what life's (or a miniscule budget's) handed to you, you can still make an impact.
Even television history ...

"Wellll-a-man'z-god-da-do-whad-da-man's-god-da-do ..."

Stay tuned ...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Kinetic-Cut Yankee

A few days ago, I was invited to speak to a local college group about the melding of American rock and blues music into the style that became known as the Merseybeat (to those who aren't familiar, think The Beatles, The Searchers -- and, most recently, The Fore) when one of the professors noticed the students were really responding to what they were learning.

She later took me aside and told me "kids today don't seem to be as active as they used to be!" Then she regaled me with the story of her brother in Connecticut, whose kids are so "hooked" on these interwebs, Tweeter, MyFace and SpaceBook things that they've just stopped doing anything requiring physical activity.
"They just sit there," she said, "waiting for the next electronic 'rush'". No liveliness, no hanging out with friends, no spark of anything in their eyes. "They've cut themselves from anything kinetic," she told me.

Hence, the title: "A Kinetic-Cut Yankee"

Now, we Mousers are known for our kinetic ability, thanks to the typecasting that our frisky feline counterparts and Republicans have thrust upon us over the years.

And no one was more kinetic than the Head Mouser himself, Uncle Lloyd. When you tuned in to his show every weekday, you'd automatically find yourself popping into high gear, just by watching his antics. I mean, his energy -- his electricity -- was contagious!
Of course, it was a trio of decades before this "internet" thing started to catch on. We actually spoke to each other, went out to the malt shop or just cruised in our Chevys, and hung out at something we called "record stores". When that last school bell rang, we came alive (oh, alright ... after our homework was done, then ...) and the world was ours to explore!

Have ya ever wondered why "The Lloyd Thaxton Show" appeared on our TV screens at Five O'Clock?? Why not later, or just on Saturdays?
I believe it's because, since Lloyd was such a warm, funny ... and kinetic ... dude, he was just the ticket to kick-start our tired, school-worn minds and attitudes. At some point in the show, we started feelin' what James Brown was singin': "WOW! Ah feeeeel good ... ah knew that ah WOULD, now ..."

Kinetic-cut?? Maybe, on occasion, a nice place to visit and relax ... but not a place ya wanna call home ...

Stay tuned (oh .. by the way, keep cheerin' that mouse up there. He's just about made it to the door ...)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Memories ...

Think you dread going back to work today?? Think about these guys ... and be thankful ...

Now ... where were we?? AHHHH, yes ...

HEY ... REMEMBER THESE??

This little dude showed up almost every Sunday night with the rrrrrreally-big-shhhhhhhewwwman himself, Ed Sullivan.
I understand he's still around, but, having been passed over for the role of "Mr. Jingles" in The Green Mile, a bit despondent these days.
Hey ... got an idea here, Mousers. LET'S DRAFT HIM AS OUR MASCOT!! I mean, this is the Mouse House, right??

Think of the clout it'd give us! Topo Gigio® was an icon (okay, he was a mouse. But stretch it a little, okay?), and everyone who camembert him would come. It'll do us gouda, I think ...

These flash bulbs (remember the old blunderbuss of a camera that used them?) were never fully appreciated until you've stepped on one in your bare feet! And, just after the shot, you'd hear a little "sizzle", followed by a loud cussword when you tried to take 'em out (they were blazing hot!!).

When my mama was moving from Morrow Ave. to Park Ave. back in Pineville (this was just after daddy passed away), we were packing up some boxes from the top shelf of her closet, and these fell out!
S&H Green Stamps® were the coupons of the day! Saving those up could buy a 1966 Cadillac (not really. Just wanted to see if you're still with me here). Actually, it'd open a whole new world of merchandise (read: salt and pepper shakers and the occasional toaster) to your mailbox!


Stay tuned ...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hoppy Easter!

HOPPY EASTER, MOUSERS!!

or something like that ....

Why The Easter Bunny Brings Eggs...

10. Big tax write-off.

9. Who ever heard of Easter Bricks?

8. Consider all of the varieties: scrambled, over easy, hard boiled.

7. He gets a good deal from the local chickens.

6. Secret plan to eliminate human race by cholesterol overdose.

5. Pressure from the Egg Marketing Board.

4. Because if it brought bottle rockets it would be the Independence Bunny.

3. Would you want to hunt for waffles?

2. He thinks guys should get chicks at least once a year.

1. Because the Energizer rabbit got the good job.

Back to our regular madness tomorrow. For now, just kick back and enjoy the day, all right?? And ...

stay tuned ...