Happy 4th of July! (Wally George Edition)
The 4th of July is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies to name a few. It’s a day to stand up and be proud to be an American. And when I think of proud Americans, I think of Wally George.
Unless you’re from Orange County (CA), you probably never heard of Wally George. Hell, even if you are from Orange County, you probably still don’t know who Wally George is.
Wally George was a late night “talk show” host on a local cable television station called KDOC in Anaheim. Think Jerry Springer or Geraldo Rivera way before their time. The name of Wally George’s show was Hot Seat which launched in 1983. As Wikipedia describes, “Wally was famous for his combative, almost farcical interview style and shocking antics on Hot Seat.”
My brother Patrick and I used to stay up late on Saturday night and turn on Wally George and laugh our a$$es off. Always hanging behind him were pictures of John Wayne and the US space shuttle. Wally was always a huge supporter of then-US president Ronald Reagan. His blond, ear-length, side-parted hair is infamous.
Apparently, E! True Hollywood Story actually ran a feature on Wally George in 2000.
For your viewing pleasure, here are some Wally George “best of” clips. Happy 4th of July!
and if you didn’t get enough…
I was a guest on Wally George’s Hot Seat a few times. Today, for fun, I and 11 other former guests including regulars have formed a facebook group called Wally George Alumni where we and fans talk about the show and what we are doing now. Everyone interested is invited. (You can look up my episode on You Tube.)
George, thanks for the post! That’s awesome. I’ll have to look it up. I’m sure I’ve seen it at some point. If he was around in this era, he’d be an internet sensation.