Question: How many seasons did Benson air on ABC?
A. 5 seasons
B. 7 seasons
C. 8 seasons
D. 9 seasons
Last Question: What type of geek did pro wrestling manager Fred Blassie immortalize in song?
Answer: A pencil neck geek
Early in his career, the “The Fashion Plate of Professional Wrestling”, “Classy” Freddie Blassie was himself a wrestler. His heyday was in the 60s and early 70s. In 1974, he had to retire from active wrestling due to a California law that prohibited anyone over 55 from getting a wrestling license. He went on to become a manager in the World Wide Wrestling Federation and its subsequent incarnation the World Wrestling Federation.
Blassie had managed wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan (when Hogan was a bad guy), The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff, Adrian Adonis and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.
Here is an edition of Piper’s Pit with guests, “Classy” Freddie Blassie with his team of Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik:
Freddie Blassie retired in 1986, but made brief appearances at some events and in video packages. His final wrestling appearance was May 12, 2003 in Philadelphia, PA on Monday Night Raw, three weeks before his death:
He died of heart and kidney failure at the age of 85 on June 2, 2003.
In addition to be involved in wrestling, Freddie Blassie recorded voiceovers for songs that appeared on the Dr. Demento Radio Show (where Weird Al got his start). In 1983, Rhino Records released a 14 track album by Blassie, titled I Bite the Songs, which included one of the previous Dr. Demento songs – “Pencil Neck Geek”.
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