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October 30, 2004

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Carl

Hey, I think my dad had that album.

I still remember the bit on that album where the whole presidential motorcade pulled up to a gas station and the president asked if they gave Green Stamps with any purchase. When the gas station attendant said "no", the motorcade left without fueling up.

Or am I forgetting a detail or two?

Roger K.

I was saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Meader. For a short time he held the funny bone of a then innocent nation impersonating a very beloved and martyred president. Another large portion of a time when all things were possible died with JFK
when gunfire errupted in Dealey Plaza in Dallas Texas on November 22,1963 bringing down a comic who made us laugh in parody of a long ago faded time which was called Camelot. It is with deepest heartfelt sympathy sent to his surviving family for a man who like JFK was a part of us all during that time and who lives on as a constant reminder of something very special this great nation had and lost

Greg

Carl was right. The motorcade sketch was on the "First Family" LP (my mother actually had a copy - along with some other gems from the late 1950s/early '60s). I thought that one was hilarious, and the gas station attendant sounded just like Jonathan Winters (but it was comedy writer Earl doud, who once wrote for MAD magazine). Other bits included Kennedy (Meader) with a group of (then) international leader ordering lunch (the leader of an African nation orders fried chicken and Kennedy says, "Don't put me on, Mr. Inkruma and Fidel Castro - the only person parodied in the album to still be alive - claims in Spanish that he wants a chicken sandwich with a live chicken). There's also a sketch in which Jackie takes Charles Collingwood on a tour of the White House ("there's the Richard Nixon dumb waiter") and one in which she wants to go to a party while JFK wants to see "Hercules," with Steve Reeves. As a kid, I didn't get all the jokes, but I must have listened to that album 100 times. Unlike today's political comedy, meader's satire on the whole JFK thing was genteel at best, but still funny and provocative. It's doubtful anyone younger than 35 has ever heard of "The First Family," (and probably fewer remember Rich Little's lame attempt to parody the Reagans in the same fashion), but if you can get a copy, do so, it just might make you belive in intellegent political comdy - again.

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