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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 08:24 PM
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FLOYD R. TURBO: The original freeper!
Unfortunately, my Google search turned up no photos of Johnny Carson's character. I did, however, find this text:


Floyd R. Turbo - Opinionated super-patriot first seen in 1977 during skits on the late night talk variety show THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON. Floyd R. Turbo (played by Carson) was an "everyman" type who taped editorial messages for television. Billed as "Mr. Silent Majority," Floyd R. Turbo dressed in a plaid hunting jacket and hat, and stood nervously in front of a TV camera as he delivered his opinions on gun control, war, women's lib, and hunting ("If God didn't want us to hunt, He wouldn't have given us plaid shirts; I only kill in self defense. What would you do if a rabbit pulled a knife on you?").

Johnny Carson told Rolling Stone reporter Timothy White, "He's (Turbo) the epitome of the redneck ignoramus. I find the things (characteristics) each week when I go out to do...his gestures at the wrong time, his not knowing where he's supposed to be, his feeble attempts at humor, his talks about things he doesn't quite understand."

Here's an example of Turbo's wisdom on nuclear reactors. "And what's all this fuss about plutonium: How can something named after a Disney character be dangerous? So what if an atomic plant blows up? The people who say that, they are afraid to die. I'm not afraid to die because all my life I have lived by the Good Book, the American Legion magazine...They say atomic radiation can hurt your reproductive organs. My answer is, so can a hockey stick, but we don't stop building them....Sure, nuclear leaks will affect the forest animals. So what if a deer grows up with two rear ends? They're easier to shoot...So in my simple way, I' m asking that you support nuclear energy. Remember being an American means being powerful, proud and pushy, and in conclusion let me finish by ending...Thank You."

And on the draft Turbo offered this opinion "This station wants no draft. They want to deprive a boy of the Army. The Army is educational. The Army teaches you how to do dental work with the butt of a rifle....how to tell what time it is by making a sundial out of a dead person...how to make beer out of bird droppings and also how to make a rubber girl out of an inner tube...In conclusion, I say we should not end the draft. We should increase it. We have a moral obligation to give Bob Hope soldiers to entertain. Fellow Americans, it is an honor to be drafted and to serve your country. Thank you, bye-bye, and buy bonds."
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FarLeftRage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 08:29 PM
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1. Yes, I remember that character very well
Johnny really knew how to caricature a freeper!
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 08:35 PM
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2. Johnnies parody characters were always "over the top"

because - at the time - nobody would believe that anyone could
be SOOOO "freeper like". Course now... apparently there are 10
to 20 million real live "Floyd Turbo" characters out there.

I liked his way over the top "Matinee Movie Host" character...

take the Slauson cutoff.... (background "where they cutoff your
Slauson!")
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 10:54 PM
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4. Art Fern!
"...and when you come to the fork in the road..." :D
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 08:36 PM
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3. Floyd was very popular in our house
I hope they release some of this stuff on DVD. I would love to see it again and younger people who missed out the first time would also find it quite hilarious. :D
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 10:57 PM
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5. Here ya go, NightTrain



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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 10:59 PM
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6. Excellent! Thank you.
I couldn't for the life of me find a picture of Turbo. Came across plenty of Art Fern pics, though. :shrug:
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 11:03 PM
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7. "If lots of other people conserve gas, it won't matter how much you blow."
That line even got Carson laughing his ass off, so badly they had to go to a commercial!

RIP, Johnny. You were appreciated. :toast:
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-05 11:46 AM
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8. I really never thought of
Floyd R. Turbo being a freeper--but that is it exactly.

And Carson made such fun of the stupid freeper. LOL!

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Twillig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-05 12:00 PM
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9. Beautiful.
Floyd R. Turbo, American.

or 'Murican, etc.
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