Happy Birthday, Soupy!

10/06/1997 AT 12:00 AM EDT

'50s and '60s TV icon, comic Soupy Sales, celebrated his 75th birthday at the Friar's Club in New York this week, and by his calculation, the slapstick star, whose "The Soupy Sales Show" ran for 14 years, "got hit with 19, maybe 20,000 pies," he told The New York Times. That surely beats -- or at least ties -- the record of the Three Stooges. As for Sales, his health appears to be in decline, notes The Times, which said he walks with a cane and speaks barely above a whisper. Still, the sense of humor remains. Recalling how the Ku Klux Klan used to buy its sheets from his father's store in North Carolina, Sales (born Milton Supman) was asked by The Times why the Klan would buy its sheets from a Jewish guy. Replied Soupy: "Ya gotta get them someplace."

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