top of page
  • jacdewitt

Car Stars on TV

Published in The American Poetry Review Volume 42 No. 3

An excerpt:

The first car to be a real star on a TV series was Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie T”on 77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964). Driven on the show by “Kookie” Kookson III, it was part of ABC’s semi-successful attempt to launch a teen idol in the form of Edd Byrnes. (Grabowski received almost as much media coverage as Byrnes.) A car jockey in the parking lot next to the detective agency, Kookie was known for his comb and for uttering words never spoken by any self-respecting teenager, “like she’s the ginchiest, man.” The car was the reason to watch 77 Sunset Strip even if its appearance lasted only a few seconds. It was enough to prove to the rest of the country that such fantastic cars actually existed in Southern California. It was that amazing.

Related Posts

See All


bottom of page