Posts Tagged ‘Publicity Stunt’

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The Surprise Party Mascot

July 25, 2009

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Gracie: Wait until you see the picture I had taken.
 

George: I’m not interested in any picture.  We’re here to do a broadcast.

Gracie: You know, the Democrats have a donkey and the Republicans have an elephant.

George: What have you got: squirrel?

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Qualities of a Good President

July 23, 2009

George: Gracie, have you any idea what a person has to be before they become president?
 

Gracie: Sure, they’re elected.

George: The whole thing is absurd.

Gracie: Oh, stop worrying, George.  I may not even be elected until next November.

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Hats Off

July 4, 2009

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Gracie tosses her hat into the ring as she announces her candidacy for President of the United States in 1940.

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Gracie’s First Press Conference

June 10, 2009

[In 1940 Gracie actually became a candidate for President of the United States.  During the year the Burns and Allen Show featured several comdey routines on their radio show.  Below is a transcript of one of these segments:]

Reporter: Miss Allen, my readers want to know what your platform is.

Gracie: Well, it’s knotty pine trimmed with oak and inlaid with California redwood.

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Gracie Announces Her Candidacy

May 23, 2009

George: Coming down to the studio tonight I saw a big banner that said “Vote for Gracie.”

Gracie: Yeah, I know.

George: All over town I see billboards saying, “Put Gracie in the White House.”

Gracie: Uh-huh.

George: It’s in the news reels.  It’s in the papers…signs right here on the street saying, “Send Gracie to Washington.”  What does this mean?

Gracie: Well, George, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I’m running for President.

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The Surprise Party Platform

May 16, 2009

Highlights from the Surprise Party Platform

Congress Must Go! The Senate is the only show in the world where the cash customers have to sit in the balcony.  Put Congress on a commission basis — if they do a good job, they get 10 percent of the extra take.

Extend Civil Service to All Branches of Government — a little politeness goes a long way!

End Secrecy in Foreign Affairs — if Charles Boyer is going around with Greta Garbo, the people are entitled to know about it.

Take the Fizz Out of Fiscal! Put our money in a safe bank — at 2 percent it’s a good investment, so let’s put it in three banks and get 6 percent!  Learning to balance the budget would be a waste of time, on account of where would a juggling act get booking today after what George Burns did in vaudeville?

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Gracie’s Whistle-Stop Schedule

April 30, 2009

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Wednesday, May 8, 1940

  • Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, May 9, 1940

  • Riverside, CA
  • San Bernadino, CA
  • Yermo, CA
  • Kelso, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV

Friday, May 10, 1940

  • Provo, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Rock Springs, UT
  • Rawlins, UT

Saturday, May 11, 1940

  • Laramie, WY
  • Cheyenne, WY

Sunday, May 12, 1940

  • Cheyenne, WY
Monday, May 13, 1940

  • Greeley, CO
  • La Salle, CO
  • Brighton, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Sterling, CO
  • Julesburg, CO
  • Ogallala, NE
  • North Platte, NE

Tuesday, May 14, 1940

  • Lexington, NE
  • Kearney, NE
  • Grand Island, NE
  • Central City, NE
  • Clarks, NE
  • Columbus, NE
  • Schuyler, NE
  • Fremont, NE
  • Valley, NE
  • Omaha, NE

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