In article <384178cb-86f1-4ab1...@googlegroups.com
Tommie Hicks <tommie....@gmail.com
>On Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 1:07:07 AM UTC-4, That Derek wrote:
>> It is quite distressing to post that Anthony Vincent Petrillo, better known as
>>Tony Petrillo, or his sometimes stage name Tony Vincent, has expired. He died on
>>Monday, March 14th, 2022, here in New Jersey, aged 75 (born June 18th, 1946)
>> No newsprint obituary or funeral home notice just yet and no cause of death is
>>forthcoming, though Tony was, reportedly, suffering from kidney ailments.
>> Tony Petrillo was a fixture on local Essex County cable access TV programming
>>centered in his hometown of Bloomfield NJ. In the mid-1970s, Tony served as
>>cameraman at UHF Channel 68 (originally designated WBTB-TV, then WTVG-TV) in West
>> This position facilitated Petrillo being absorbed into the cast of The Uncle
>>Floyd Show, a NYC-market cult comedy programme geared toward a college
>>audience even though Floyd Vivino maintained many kiddie-show trappings such as
>>puppets and artwork from his viewers. In the nascent days of TUFS, there was a
>>dearth of available players to assist Floyd in his sketches -- forcing him to
>>recruit camera operators like Marc Nathan or Tony Petrillo for an assist.
>> Although Tony never built up a hefty repertoire of characters, three of his
>>1976 mainstays were later taken up by others: Mr. Whistle, an off-camera
>>personage who communicated via a toy slide flute; The Hand, which
>>essentially was a disembodied knock-off of Thing, from The Addams
>>Family and in Floyds parody of You Bet Your Life, with Floyd
>>portraying Groucho Markowitz, and Tony as his announcer George
>>Filet-Mignon [Please do not get me started on TUFSs tendency towards
>>forced parody names in this case, George Fenneman; this comedy
>>writer lives by the rubric that parody names that sound like one is going out
>>of his/her way to make it a parody name are only funny within the pages of MAD
>> In 1981. Petrillo started WAVP Cable Radio in the basement of his Bloomfield
>>home on Gillespie Road. In short, he always had wanted his own radio station, the
>>frequencies were all taken, and he discovered a way in which WAVPs (named
>>after his initials) signal would be transmitted via phone lines to be broadcast
>>as the audio portion of a print-out channel over Suburban Cablevision (now
>>part of Comcast) in nearby East Orange. This writer was an AVP air personality
>>throughout most of 1981
>> Thats about all for now.
>> Derek Tague,
>> one-time -- but never deposed-- "Official Historian" of "The Uncle Floyd Show"
>I wonder if he was related to Sammy.
All that to add just one line...
People who say they'll vote for someone else because Obama couldn't fix
*all* of Bush's messes are like people complaining that he couldn't cure
cancer, so they'll go and vote for (more) cancer.