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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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2019 9 which he is "negatively ionized" and becomes able to fly like a bird and irresistible to women in one swoop. At the time, "Judy" was the star of TV's "Daktari" series. The return of Soupy Sales in Franklinton in 1966 was an unforgettable experience for Randy Harris Allen, who as a young teen got to ride along with Soupy in the star's limousine, his boyhood friends in tow. "They stopped at City Lunch," he said of the downtown hot-dog counter marking its 70th anniversary this year. "He got out of his car, and his co-star (Beverly Adams) got out. Boy, was she beautiful! … We'd never seen anything like it." Turns out Allen's dad, Archie Brown Allen Jr., once played with young Soupy, leading to the inevitable question. "Do you know A.B. Allen?" The ride deal was sealed. The ride-to-end-all-rides in that limo included a stop at the home of young Allen's great aunt, Molly Harris, who, it turns out, wasn't about to come out. "Franklinton is a pretty small town," he said from his home today in Sacramen- to, Calif. "The only person who had a limo was the undertaker. …. She thought it was a hearse, and she cried out, 'I ain't dead yet.'" But she ultimately emerged. "We finally talked her into it," he said. As Allen recalls, Soupy Sales was actually born in the Cheatham Street home his grandfather, Archie Brown Allen Sr., purchased from the Supman family so long ago, and Franklinton being a small town, they shared the circa 1923 North Main Street school that served as elementary, junior high, and high school, all rolled into one. "I went to high school for 12 years," Allen said of a school where Soupy had the title role in the school's production of "Peter Rabbit." In those days, Allen recalls watching "The Soupy Sales Show" on television, as well as the star when he was a celebrity panelist on "Hollywood Squares," a game show where stars would field trivia questions while seated inside a giant nine-square board. In later years, Allen's parents went to see the comedian perform at Charlie Goodnight's Comedy Club in Raleigh. "He recognized my father and called him up on the stage," Allen said. But Franklinton — unlike Mount Airy's much ballyhooed connection to actor Andy Griffith — never quite got around to promoting itself as Soupy's launching pad. "They wanted to put up a sign at one time, 'Home of Soupy Sales,' but it never got done," Allen said. Editor's note: 27587 Magazine took its very first "Field Trip" to Franklinton in its premier 2014 issue, tracing the town's connection to Soupy Sales. Read the closeup at 27587magazine.com. CHARLES S. KILLEBREW PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION / THE WILSON LIBRARY / UNC-CHAPEL HILL. Franklinton's Soupy Sales, with co-stars Judy the Chimpanzee and Beverly Adams on a 1966 promotion tour for the film "Birds Do It" in Rocky Mount. COLUMBIA PICTURES

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