September 22, 2003

RAGTAG TO MAYTAG AND BEYOND:

Gordon Jump of 'WKRP' and Maytag Ad Dies (LYNN ELBER, 9/23/03, AP)

Gordon Jump, who played a befuddled radio station manager on the sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati'' and made his mark in commercials as the lonely Maytag repairman, died Monday. He was 71. [...]

Jump played Arthur Carlson in "WKRP in Cincinnati,'' which aired on CBS from 1978-82 and featured Gary Sandy, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman and Richard Sanders as the ragtag station's crew.


Mr. Jump was a capable and immensely likable character actor, never really a star, but he did get to deliver perhaps the best line in the funniest episode ever of a sitcom: "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2003 10:40 PM
Comments

...which was actually based on a real incident done by a Georgia radio station as a promotinal stunt.

Sad to hear about his death. He did one of the best jobs of playing a befuddled innocent in TV history.

Posted by: John at September 22, 2003 11:27 PM

That is one of my fav eps.

Posted by: Sandy P. at September 22, 2003 11:35 PM

Possibly the funniest half-hour of my life was watching that episode.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 23, 2003 7:25 AM

and then Les Nessman cries: "Oh, the humanity!"

Posted by: Foos at September 23, 2003 7:21 PM

My favorite line from TV, too, though I don't know many to choose from. I only saw the last few seconds of that episode.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 24, 2003 9:50 PM
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