Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Slim Whitman, Earth's Mightiest Hero

Ottis Dewey "Slim" Whitman Jr.
1923-2013


This coming Sunday, June 19, will mark the third anniversary of the death of Slim Whitman, a man some think of merely as a third or fourth tier country/pop  singer, best known for pioneering the "As-Seen-on-TV" record ads that filled up the late-night television commercialscape in the '70s and '80s. Slim and Boxcar Willie had to have been the Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf of this bizarre little universe.

Here's a classic. As The Firesign Theatre's Don G. Ovanni would say, "If you asked for this in a store, they'd think you were CRAZY!"

 

But it's not that aspect of the man from Tampa's brilliant career for which I want to honor him today.  It's for his indispensable role in stopping the great Martian attack of 1996.

These two scenes from a documentary I found on YouTube tell the story.



 

So thank you Slim Whitman for defeating the Martian menace. The Earth will never forget!

We'll remember you!



(from Rob Zombie's  House of 1000 Corpses)