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Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral EXTRA (Pt1)
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July 06, 2016 05:24 PM PDT
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 42 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974.This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times.Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs.

This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral EXTRA (Pt1)

The following hour after “The Finale” in Public Square, Downtown Cleveland, Ohio Dr. Count Manalesco, or as Gary called him Dr. Voodoo, after doing a personal appearance at “Gary's Funeral”, he headed back to the WERE studios for his 10 AM show. The show continued with comments from listeners about what Gary and WERE just pulled off. I hope you enjoy.

Local and CBS Network News at 10 AM.

After the news Bob Price (WERE newsman) introduces “His Excellency”, Count John Manalesco. Dr. Manalesco, continues the theme of Gary Dee's funeral by continuing the discussion, and the psychology of Gary Dee's intentions of a “mock” funeral.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt17) Finale
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July 01, 2015 10:19 PM PDT
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 41 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974. This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times. Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs. This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt17) Finale

This is the grand finale of “Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral”. Here is where it all comes together. Gary's great plan is finally unveiled much to the surprise of everyone. Merle Pollis introduces Mike Betts from The Greater Cleveland Growth Association. Mr. Betts gives Gary Dee a lot of credit for getting people involved and spreading the word about all that Cleveland has to offer. After the final set of commercials a return to Public Square Live (except for Gary, who is supposed to be dead!) Merle introduces the orchestra with some funeral music as the corpse shouts and responds to comments from the crowd. After a brief interlude, Merle Pollis introduces “the deceased” Gary Dee for a final comment. What follows could be defined as Gary Dee's finest moment. Gary gives an eloquent and moving speech, peppered with his own personal brand of humor, about getting people of all nationalities, all colors, all races, and creeds involved, having fun and promoting Cleveland as a great place to work, live, and raise a family.

Gary Dee was just 39 years old when this show was broadcast. He would live another 21 years, until his death in 1995 at the age of 60 years old.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt16)
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June 02, 2015 10:27 PM PDT
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 40 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974. This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times. Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs. This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt16)

Station ID and then John Webster gives some words that are food for thought. He then turns the the microphone over to Merle Pollis live in Public Square. Merle doesn't get two word out when Gary Dee puts his showmanship to work as he begins to get the crowd revved up. Merle continues his comments and introduces a businessman from a jewelry store, and then a person claiming to be the head of the church of Satan of Cleveland. A very funny exchange of words between Gary and this person occurs. Back to Merle as he reads a letter of regret from George Forbes that explains why he couldn't be at Gary's farewell. Another millionaire friend of Gary, Alan P. Bedol of Marsh-Allan Industries gives a very nice and emotional tribute to Gary.

Alan P. Bedol (1925-2012) (http://www.cleveland.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2012/07/post_60.html)

Back to Merle Pollis who introduces Cleveland Politician, Dennis Susnik who at first puts forth a funny Eulogy for Gary. But in his last few sentences, he mentions the good that Gary is doing on the air bringing all you people gathered here on the square, bringing life to the City of Cleveland, then you know what Gary Dee is really all about. These last few words begin to reveal the “secret” of this series of programs. It wasn't about Gary Dee at all, it was about making Cleveland a better place to live and work. To bring citizens together, to downtown and to celebrate all that is good in Cleveland. A few more words from Merle and then we take a break until next time for the conclusion of “Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral”.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt15)
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May 01, 2015 10:49 PM PDT
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 40 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974. This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times. Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs. This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt15)

After commercials John Webster gives the temperature at 44 degrees as he turns the microphone over to host and moderator, Merle Pollis live in Public Square Downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Merle returns with some funny zingers as Gary Dee shouts from his casket. Merle then introduces Count John Manalasco (a talk show host that followed Gary's show). Count John Manalesco gives a very funny Eulogy all the while Gary shouts and makes very funny comments from his coffin. Merle continues with the services. Merle introduces Gary's councilman David Trenton. Mr. Trenton gives a short but funny eulogy, as Gary razzes him mercilessly. Merle then states that before we will continue with the solemn service, we pause for these commercial messages. Gary can be heard saying “make a buck Neuhoff”.

Commercial for Paint And Pattern Centers (voiced by another famous Cleveland announcer, Phil McLean). More commercials.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt14)
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April 02, 2015 10:50 PM PDT
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 40 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974. This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times. Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs. This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt14)

Bob Price ending news and turns mic over to John Webster. John gives a brief rundown of funeral events. John turns the mic over to Master of Ceremonies Merle Pollis in Public Square. Merle does a very funny opening monologue. As Merle is eulogizing “Fearless Number One” we can hear Gary making wisecracks in the background! Merle introduces the first person, WERE traffic reporter Ciatta Mickey. Ciatta does very well with her presentation despite Gary's loud and funny interjections from his casket.

Next, a pregnant woman eulogizes Gary in a very funny skit. Merle announces that they will take a break for a word from our sponsor. Commercials, 4 minutes worth! These sponsors you hear got one Hell of a deal! This was radio at its best. It couldn't be beat anywhere in the country.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt13)
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March 02, 2015 11:16 PM PST
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 40 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974. This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times. Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs.

This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt13)

Commercials ending. With Gary Dee being transported in a Hearse to downtown Cleveland and John Webster who is at the microphone. John gives a station ID and time and weather. “It's 8:46 on WERE Cleveland it's 44 degrees”. John calls on reporter Mike Drexler for an on the spot report. Mike gives a very solemn report of the motorcade as it enters Public Square. There is some technical difficulties in communication with several of the reporters which really gives the appearance that this event is the real thing.

John Webster breaks for commercials. In between the spots, John gives listeners details of what can be expected during the services. After the commercials John switched to Mike Drexler again. Mike gives a play-by-play as the pallbearers carry the casket to the stage. John Webster begins to explain the what they are doing today is one of the brilliant ideas of Gary Dee. John further explains that psychologists have suggested for years that it would be a good idea if one could attend his own funeral and hear what people have to say about him. John turns the microphone over to Merle Pollis who is at Public Square and assumes duties of announcing the events of the funeral. Merle begins to exhibit some of his wry humor that he does so well.

Time Check: It's 8:57. Commercials abound. Gary had the number one radio show in Cleveland at this time and this was morning drive time. Forty years ago - - This was the heyday of local radio. Radio was live and well, er uh except for Gary Dee that is!

Most, if not all of the sponsors were local. This was long before the popularity of coast to coast network and voice tracked radio you find today. Satellites and The Internet was still in their infancy. John Webster states that they will cancel the CBS network news to catch up on some sponsors and to report some local news with Bob Price.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt12)
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February 01, 2015 02:39 PM PST
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 40 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974. This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times. Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs. This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt12)

After the news John Webster returns with a promise of a report from the Hearse.

But first a traffic report!

Back to Webster with an itinerary of the funeral proceedings. John Webster and Bob Neal talk about Gary and his future in the great beyond.

Time check: It's 8:28 with 43 degrees.

Bob Price reports the Hearse with Gary's body is proceeding down Chester Avenue. Bob and John turn the reporting to Carl Monday. They turn it over to Rick Sallinger who is on foot trying to keep up with the motorcade.

After some commercials, John Webster introduces Bob Price and the News.

After a traffic report, reporter Charles Reynolds begins to describe the cortege as it passes East 9th and Euclid Avenue.

Time check it's 8:38. Mike Drexler is in the funeral procession and reports from Euclid and East 4th in the WERE mobile news unit.

The motorcade is entering Public Square. John Webster expects the Gary Dee memorial to begin in the next 10 to 15 minutes.

Commercials.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt11)
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January 03, 2015 05:42 PM PST
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974.

Now, 40 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974.

This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times.
Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs.

This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt11)

Bob Price introduces Gary Dee. Gary takes some calls from of his ingenious listeners.

One caller tells Gary that The City of Cleveland is going to provide the worlds largest crypt just for Gary—The 5-Mile Crib!

A caller sings a mournful song. Gary and Ciatta Mickey kibitz a bit.

Commercials.

A female caller hits a nerve with Gary when she criticizes him for doing this type of broadcast. Gary responds by egging her on and getting her to add more and more until she then finally puts her foot in her mouth when she comments that he doesn't have to talk to that low level. Gary responds that he's just getting down to where she understands it.

Commercials.

Gary starts to pant and exclaim he is having pain.

Commercials.

Merle Pollis barges into the studio and ad-libs a bit. A caller starts to speak as Gary acts out his passing with music in the background.

The staff is heard in the background shouting Gary's name.

John Webster enters the studio and begins to eulogize Gary Dee.

John Webster introduces Bob Price and the news, with Gary's antics in the background.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt10)
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December 01, 2014 04:59 PM PST
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 40 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974. This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times. Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs. This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt10)

John Webster promo: invitation to attend the Gary Dee funeral in Public Square at 8 am this morning.

Gary is having a doughnut because he doesn't want to die on an empty stomach. Gary checks-in with Ciatta Mickey with the traffic report.

A call from “The Vicious Piranha” who was a regular caller with a wry sense of humor, that Gary seemed to connect with.

Gary explains to a listener that while in college he had an assignment to write his own obituary. From that evolved the idea to do this series of radio programs. And Gary takes it a step further and involves the entire city of Cleveland.

A caller suggests that Gary not be buried, but mounted (like a fish). Gary says that Liz Richards sent him some flowers. Gary says God may be Black, a caller responds that God is not Black, he is any kind of color.

Gary gets philosophical with a caller and asks what would you do if you knew you were going to die within two years. A caller threatens to squirt Gary with her holy water pistol. In Gary's quick wit, he responds “There's a gun totin' Catholic”!

Gary introduces Bob Price and the news. Gary kibitzes with Ciatta Mickey who enters the studio and tells Gary to pull down his shirt because his “belly is showing”.

Gary introduces sportscaster Bob Neal. Bob and Gary go back and forth in their very unique style which make for a very funny exchange. Gary introduces Bob Price and the news.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt9)
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November 13, 2014 08:13 AM PST
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"Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral" was broadcast the last week of March 1974. Now, 40 years after it aired, the show has such deep impact and even more meaning than it did in 1974. This is a story that is humorous, thought provoking, and serious at times. Nobody suspected what Gary Dee had in mind throughout this series of programs. This story has an ending with a twist, but I won't spoil it for you.

Gary Dee Attends His Own Funeral (Pt9)

Ending of network news at 6 AM. Commercials and promo's.
Bob Price ends the news and intros Gary who says he “feels dead” sitting in this casket.

Gary begins by taking calls from listeners. Then a plug for Cleveland Tux. A female listener cry's and mourns loudly for Gary.

After a flurry of very funny calls, Gary gets serious and says:
“you still have time to add another chapter to your obituary; to keep this country out of other peoples business around the world; time to build this country into a great nation, and Cleveland into a great city.
Or you can continue after I go, to be racist, to be prejudiced, and to pay taxes to two bit politicians.”

More funny calls from listeners. A caller asks if there will be TV coverage of the funeral. Gary jokingly says that Liz Richards will be there with Joel Rose and John Hambrick will be there with his guitar.
And Dorothy Fuldheim will Streak along with Bob Neal.

Next caller says to Gary: “You Damn Die Hard” in which Gary immediately gets the joke and laughs. Caller gets the horn.

Commercial breaks with Gary doing tags.

Bob Neal (most probably a parody) with a phone call from Gary's first Ex wife.

A caller says she does not want Gary to go. Gary gets philosophical by saying: “Those of you who don't have to go can continue to write in your pages of life, those of you who aren't dying with me today still have a chance to add another chapter in your book of life. You can change those evil thoughts of yours -- your bad habits -- you can give up sin and sex and prostitution. And the crooked cops can quit taking payoffs. And the crooked ministers can quit having affairs with the congregation and the widows”. Gary says I know sin, I was one of the best sinners the Devil ever had.

Commercial break.

Gary claims he's got wreath of thee day old flowers from Liz Richards. Gary once again states that even though he is dying, the listener can still change what you are griping about. “You could be impeaching the President” (Nixon that is!).

Gary introduces Bob Price and the news.

Commentary on President Nixon then Sports world roundup on CBR Radio Network.

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