Thursday, May 11, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 11, 1912 – Foster Brooks






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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Foster Brooks, comedian and radio and television announcer, was born on May 11, 1912, in Louisville, one of eight children of Edna (Megowan) and Pleasant M. Brooks. At the age of thirteen he began his radio career at WHAS in Louisville, where his mother was a performer. During the 1937 Ohio River flood, Brooks and two other WHAS announcers maintained a twenty-four-hour vigil to provide news of the disaster. Brooks later broadcast for WAVE and WKLO radio in Louisville and worked at stations in St. Louis and in Rochester and Buffalo, New York. In the 1950s he moved into television and worked for WAVE-TV in Louisville. Brooks left local broadcasting for a career as a comedian and by the 1960s he was often seen in guest roles on television series. In the role of "Lovable Lush," he appeared frequently on stage in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In the 1970s this character became a regular on television's " Dean Martin Show" and earned him an Emmy nomination. Brooks was a regular in the television series " New Bill Cosby Show" and " Mork and Mindy." Brooks returns to his native city annually as the sponsor of a celebrity charity golf tournament. The Baseball Hall of Fame recognized Brooks as the author of the poem " Riley on the Mound."

MARY MARGARET BELL, Entry Author

Selected Source from UK Libraries:

Franklin, Joe. Joe Franklin's Encyclopedia of Comedians. 1st ed. Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel, 1979. Print.
PN2285 .F7, Young Library - Reference

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