Remember When: Harley Davidson and Kookie

Kookie really deserved better

Sigh: I didn’t know that Edd Byrnes, who for five years starred as jive-talking Gerald Kookson III on “77 Sunset Strip,” died last January at 87. He finally lent Connie Stevens his comb in their 1959 hit song, and he was hip enough to pose for this Harley-Davidson ad in the December 1959 Popular Science Monthly magazine. But for Harley’s long-forgotten motor scooter, the Topper? Yup: a 164cc 2-stroke you started with a pull cord, this motorized file cabinet could streak past the highway patrol at a top speed of 46 mph. Yowsa. Anyway, the song lyrics are at

“Jim, it’s a dream house,” the classic ICS ad

First let me state that, especially since I swiped this ad from the inside back cover of the December, 1959 Popular Science Monthly, International Correspondence Schools is an excellent outfit and that the story, while perhaps apocryphal, is quite plausible.  (I still display my electronics correspondence school diploma.)  Moreover, I am confident that every man above 60 remembers “Buried Alive.”  While scanning it I realized that I was reciting the dialogue verbatim, in particular the ‘6 years, six feet, and six long minutes,’ a bit of numerology I’d also noted at age 12 in 1959. 

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About Craig Ballantyne 17951 Articles
I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.

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