Subject: Bang the Gong Lowly
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Thurs June 3, 1999 at 6:36PM

Bang the Gong Lowly

It's the birthday today for a couple of lads
Who've made inroads in their fields, a tad
One is the veteran actor Bernie Schwartz
Better known as Tony Curtis, of course

Who's had quite a film and tv career ...
Making a hundred-odd, thru the years
In roles as varied as Othello and Houdini
The Boston Strangler, Goodbye Charlie

Spartacus, The Great Race, Johnny Dark
The Defiant Ones (nominated for that part)
Sweet Smell of Success, with Burt Lancaster
And not a single one of them's a disaster ...

A word which might be used to describe
The achievements of the other primary guy
Who shares the birthday honors on this day
The creator of The Gong Show had strayed

Into the production of other shows before
Including two which opened some doors
The Newlyweds and The Dating Game
Were Chuck Barris's first claim to fame

And then more traditional games followed
Like Treasure Hunt - just a wee bit hollow
And one or two others which folded quick
Never really developing into any kind of hit

Which, assuredly, The Gong Show, was ...
Even though, tasteless ... and trashed ...
By all who saw it, and criticized, as well
Thus, infusing it with a fascinating smell

Creating a complete repetitive urgency
(Many, only watched, in an emergency!)
But it had a following for quite a few years ...
For even tho they booed ... inside - cheers!

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
6:10pm Thurs. June 3rd, 1999


Tony Curtis's 74th
Chuck Barris's 70th


Boots Randolph's 72nd
Ian Hunter's 53rd
Suzy Quatro's 49th
Deniece Williams' 48th
Billy Powell's 47th
Dan Hill's 45th
Scott Valentine's 41st