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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:30 PM
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Gordon Jump of WKRP fame has died
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-obi...

LOS ANGELES -- Gordon Jump, who played a befuddled radio station manager on the sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati" and made his mark in commercials as the lonely Maytag repairman, died Monday. He was 71.

Jump suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, said his cousin, Katherine Jump Wagner. The illness causes scarring of the air sacs of the lungs, leading to heart or respiratory failure.
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Unity Donating Member (108 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:32 PM
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1. "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"
"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"

-- Arthur Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati

CLASSIC!


RIP BIG GUY.
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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:39 PM
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3. OMFG!!!!!!!!!
You DIDN'T just post that!!!!!! As God is my witness, I was going to type that very thing as soon as I got done reading the replys. Very nice work beating me to it.

Gordon Jump will be missed. :(
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Unity Donating Member (108 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:41 PM
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4. First thing I thought of was that line...
Great show, great character, great episode, great actor!
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 01:26 AM
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15. That was the funniest moment on television EVER
Edited on Tue Sep-23-03 01:27 AM by proud patriot
Man we are losing lots of great ones :-(
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kmla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 08:48 AM
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21. I second that.
"...They're hitting the ground like bags of wet cement...."

We've come along way from that classic to today's "Fear Factor".

All the good ones are leaving us.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:35 PM
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2. Aw man...Gordon Jump always made me laugh as Arthur Carlson!
I hope "The Big Guy" rests in peace.
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Maple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:46 PM
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5. I'm sorry to see him go
I loved that show.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:51 PM
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6. I'm very sad about this.
He seemed like a genuinely nice guy.
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:55 PM
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7. My Favorite.....
...was when the Big Guy was sitting at his desk with nothing to do, spied the pen set on his desk, grabbed it and started spinning around making machine gun noises.

:-)

Gordon Jump was perfect in that role, and as the Maytag repairman. He will be missed.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:00 PM
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8. So sad. That was a great role played by the perfect actor.
Gordon, you are missed.
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:00 PM
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9. There was never another show that could touch that one.
A perfect cast, incredible writers, all done at the perfect time. By the end, they had given Gordon's part a lot of subtle, hidden depth.

I'll miss him as much as I miss WKRP.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:18 PM
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13. Yep...and you know, you won't find very many people...
...who don't have a soft spot for WKRP.
One of the truly Great Ones.
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:24 PM
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10. RIP Big Guy....
....sorry to see you leave us too. x(
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:33 PM
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11. "Are there dogs barking on that record?"
"If you think you hear dogs, then there's dogs..."

So long Big Guy!
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Philostopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:41 PM
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12. Hey, BiggJawn...
Did you know that both Gordon Jump and Gary Sandy (Andy Travis on 'KRP) were actually from Dayton? I think that was a big part of the reason the show was so authentic -- at least two of the cast members knew what Cinci radio was like.

Sorry to see him go -- he kept working right up through the '90s. He even has a credit for a small role last year. Rest in peace, Big Guy.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 07:39 AM
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17. They must have remembered the days of WLW daytime TV, then...
"Paul Dixon", Bob Braun, Ruth Lyons, Some young radical fellow named Phil Donahue...All on WLWD. I grew up with WLWI

You wanna get some strange looks? go to Cinci and ask for directions to the "Pfleghm Building"....
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 01:14 AM
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14. I thought I had heard recently
about a "WKRP" reunion show. I guess that scratches that. Bailey stole my young heart. What a fox.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 06:49 AM
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16. I guess Les won't get his walls now.
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bmbmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 08:42 AM
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18. I wondered
whatever became of him?
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MSchreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 08:44 AM
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19. He'll live forever on the air in Cincinnati
Cincinnati W-K-R-P.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 08:45 AM
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20. What a shame
He was perfect as Mr Carlson.

I love that show. It's as funny now as it was then.

RIP, Big Guy!
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 09:42 AM
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22. Does anyone remember -
the episode when Venus Flytrap turned himself in for desertion from the Army? Despite his angry disapproval Mr. Carlson, a WWII vet, went with him to the hearing at the Army base. That one really moved me.
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 10:12 AM
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23. How About When the Tornado Hit Cincinnatti???
At one point, the Big Guy was on the air calming down a young girl who called in to the station because she was scared. And he calmed her down.

To me, that scene showed the depth of Gordon Jump's acting talent. He was perfect in that part.
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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 10:53 PM
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24. Levelling the Venitian Blinds...
Thinking of Mr. Carlson trying to level his office blinds...

One side's too high, than the other, then the first one...

eventually, with a mighty, frustrated tug, he yanks too hard on the cord, and sends the whole blind hurtling out the window, to the street below, just as an astounded Andy enters the office...

Mr. Carlson: "Well, what do YOU want, dammit?!"


OMG, just thinking about his physical comedy makes me laugh out loud.

So long Big Guy, you'll be missed. :(
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Emboldened Chimp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 10:55 PM
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25. Wasn't he the Matag guy, too?
He always looked so bored.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 10:55 PM
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26. I'll miss you Gord
You played the best befuddled boss...even better than McLean Stevenson.
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