Last week, on Friday, Oct. 11, and again on Monday, Oct. 14, there was a mention of Red Skelton in Bob Billingsley’s column. I just want to point out that Red Skelton’s name was not Red Skeleton. (Note the extra “e”.)
Last week, in Mr. Billingsley’s column, Mr. Skelton’s name was twice spelled incorrectly in the same item. This week it was again spelled incorrectly. I don’t know if the contributors of the item had spelled it incorrectly, but Mr. Billingsley appears to be old enough to remember Mr. Skelton and should know how to spell his name.
Red Skelton was one of the finest comedians in vaudeville, on radio and on television and was noted for his clean humor and his appeal to folks of all ages. I didn’t say anything last week but when it happened again this week, I felt like I ought to speak up and defend Mr. Skelton’s legacy. I know people all over this country have mistakenly pronounced his name as “skeleton,” including me when I was a kid, but I soon learned how to say it right.
One of the most memorable things Red Skelton did was to always close his TV show with “Good night and may God bless.”
Oh, and one more thing. Go onto YouTube.com and watch Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegience.