Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2019

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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8 Spring 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Rewind A look back at notable people and events in history CHARLES S. KILLEBREW PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION / THE WILSON LIBRARY / UNC-CHAPEL HILL. Throngs of fans greet Soupy Sales at the Tarrytown Mall in Rocky Mount in August 1966 as the comedian promoted the release of his feature film, "Birds Do It." With him is co-star Beverly Adams, whose 1960s' TV roles included appearances on "My Three Sons" and "Dr. Kildare." Soupy's tour de force I t was mid-summer in 1966 when legendary TV comic Soupy Sales came home to North Carolina, if only for a series of brief stopovers in a weeks-long roadshow promoting his first feature film, "Birds Do It." The tongue-in-cheek visits included a stopover in Burlington, where Mayor William L. Beamon offered up a large "Key to the City" to the comedian and quickly noted that all the locks had been changed the night before. Still, Soupy, born Milton Supman on Jan. 8, 1926, in Franklinton, was gracious. "You have no idea how hospitable the people in the South are," he told a reporter for The Daily Times-News. "It's really great to be back home." Home, of course, was Franklinton, just north of Wake Forest, where young Soupy lived until he was 10, the youngest child of Irving and Sadie Selma Supman, said to be the only Jewish family in town and owners of a Main Street dry-goods store. Since locals pronounced Supman as "Soup-man," the story goes, little Milton became known as "Soupy." Long ago, Soupy — who rose to celebrity status with the celebrated "Soupy Sales Show" and its pie-in-the-face antics with TV sidekicks White Fang and Black Tooth — said he got the entertainment bug as a first-grader in Franklinton, when he had the title role in the school production of "Peter Rabbit." "It was, without a doubt, the pivotal event of my life," he later wrote in his autobiography. "After that gig as Peter Rabbit, I said to myself, 'Soupy, this is what you're going to do with your life.' It's weird, I know, because I was only 6 years old, and yet somehow I knew that entertaining people was going to be my life." He was known to take some comical pokes at his hometown. "My birthplace is so small," he once said, "that 'You are now entering Franklinton, N.C.,' and 'You are now leaving Franklinton, N.C.' are on the same sign." His North Carolina tour stops included Wilson; Henderson, where his mother then lived ("My mother is my best fan," he said.); and Rocky Mount, where "Birds Do It" was to premier at the Cameo Theater. With him were co-stars Beverly Adams, then best known for her roles in such films as "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini," as a beach bunny; and opposite spy Matt Helm, played by Dean Martin, in "The Silencers." In "Birds Do It," she is the love interest of Soupy, who plays Melvin Byrd, a NASA janitor whose affection for Judy, a chimpanzee, results in a mishap during

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