Posted: Jun 3, 2005 3:16 am
I have an embarrassing Hot Stuff story.
Hot Stuff haunted my childhood. For years I was under the misconception that the Hot Stuff character was a giant potato. Most Hot Stuff episodes that we remember where reruns from the late-70's. If I'm not mistaken, they were shot in the back of a children's clothing store located in Eastgate Shopping Center.
As I got older, and into my late-teens, and into smoking weed and doing other drugs, I used to tape PBS/Channel 10 daytime educational TV. Marathons of poorly done sub-after-school-special craziness - it was the stuff that ran DURING the school year (summer and holiday programming consisted of Sesame Street and the Electric Co. and such).
This is totally incriminating, but about seven years ago, a close friend (name rhymes with Cave Stunlap) and I ate mushrooms and watched one of these tapes. While an episode of Hot Stuff played, I managed (in a blazing mushroom frenzy) to find the guy that voiced and played Hot Stuff....in the phone book. I called him and held the phone up to the TV....
His first and only reply was, "Ah....I'd say...1978."
Very freaked out, I hung the phone up.