Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Jerry Haynes, TV’s Mr. Peppermint to generations of kids, and father of a Butthole Surfer

This a little follow up on the father of Gibby "lab rat" Haynes.  From a biography after his death...

Jerome Martin “Jerry” Haynes, the Dallas actor best known to generations of children as television host Mr. Peppermint, died Monday of complications of Parkinson’s disease at a nursing facility in Longview, Texas. He was 84.
Services will be private. A public memorial will be planned.
Mr. Haynes’ passions were theater and children, said his son Andrew Haynes of New York.
“Doing the children’s show, he allowed his inner child to really kind of come out and connect with children,” his son said. “He liked making people happy, but making children happy was something really great for him.”
Watching Mr. Haynes in his trademark red-and-white striped suit, straw hat with matching hatband and candy-striped cane was a rite of passage for many who grew up with Dallas television beginning in 1961.
Generations of fans continued to ask “Mr. Peppermint” for his autograph for years after the last new episode of his show aired in 1996. There were more than 6,000 episodes of Mr. Peppermint that spanned 35 years, making it the longest running locally produced show on WFAA-TV (Channel 8).
“He loved that so many generations of people grew up watching him,” his son said. “He was really, really proud of that.”
TV, film actor
While his Mr. Peppermint character caught most of the limelight, Mr. Haynes also appeared in 50 films, many of which were made for television.
The lanky actor also starred on stage in a one-man, one-act tribute he wrote in honor of former Dallas Morning News columnist Paul Crume.
He played a variety of roles and was many times cast as a judge. He was the general whose troops surrounded the Little Rock school being integrated in the 1981 TV movie Crisis at Central High.
His television work included appearing in four episodes of Dallas as the wheeler-dealer who sold Jock Ewing swamp land. He played a minister on Peyton Place and had a role on Walker, Texas Ranger.
He appeared on the silver screen in Places in the HeartRobo Cop and Boys Don’t Cry.
Mr. Haynes was born in Dallas and grew up in Plano and Dallas, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1944. He attended Louisiana State University for a summer semester and Yale University for one year.
Mr. Haynes served in the Air Force as an information specialist using the Japanese language skills he learned at Yale. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1946.
He returned to Dallas and received a bachelor’s degree in speech and theater at Southern Methodist University, where he studied drama with classmate Aaron Spelling, who gained fame as a film and television producer.
In 1950, Mr. Haynes went to New York, where he took additional acting classes, “and I went broke,” he recalled in 1980.
“I couldn’t get going after that,” he added. “I said, ‘Well, if I can’t be Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, I’ll go home.’ ”
Early TV years
Back in Dallas, Mr. Haynes joined WFAA-TV, where he was an announcer, cooking-show assistant, sports reporter and rock ’n’ roll show host.
When the Dallas station decided to launch a children’s show, Mr. Haynes picked the costume from The Music Man and the name from an associate’s favorite candy. Co-worker Vernon Dailey co-created and co-starred as Mr. Peppermint’s puppet sidekick, Muffin.
“He was just the best friend in the world,” said Mr. Dailey of Wills Point, Texas. “We never had one serious bust in all those years.”
The men were opposite personalities, his friend said. “He was the big sports fan, and I could care less.”
But Mr. Haynes was always open to suggestions.
“He trusted me, and I trusted him, and he delivered,” Mr. Dailey said. “Nothing was cut and dried, it just happened.”
Mr. Haynes loved his children and was sensitive to the needs of young people in general, his friend said.
“I’ve seen him cry from talking about something on the news,” Mr. Dailey said. “He had a heart.”
Mr. Peppermint ran from 1961 to 1969 and was revived as Peppermint Place from 1975 to 1996.
The urge for more serious acting called to Mr. Haynes in the late 1970s.
He discovered his years as Mr. Peppermint, especially performing on a live TV show, had given him a perspective on acting.
“The Peppermint thing helped, too, a great deal,” he said. “Because we ad lib it all … You learn how to make a line sound original. You really have to listen to the puppets, hear what they say and digest it, so you can reply.”
JFK assassination
Mr. Haynes was on duty at WFAA-TV on Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas. He saw the motorcade pass about one minute before the president was shot. Mr. Haynes brought eyewitnesses to the station and was one of the first announcers to bring details to viewers.
BRYLCREAM your hair!!!!
"You'll Excuse The Fact That I'm Out Of Breath": The JFK Assassination -- The topic was hidden zippers in winter coats as the lunch hour advanced on The Julie Bennell Variety Show. It was Friday, Nov. 22, 1963. Suddenly, viewers saw frames spin out. A shellshocked Jay Watson appeared, frantic and holding copy from the United Press. He was the first to tell TV viewers that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Jerry Haynes (a.k.a. Mr. Peppermint) stood nearby and helped recount what just happened at Dealey Plaza. The curtain to the station's operations was lifted during the hours afterward as staff scrambled to assemble coverage. Just days before, WFAA had been the first TV station in North Texas to test out something called "videotape." If it hadn't, we might not have this footage, which was central in the KERA documentary Breaking The News.
from IMDB... "22 November 1963: Jerry Haynes and his program director Jay Watson were on lunch together watching the JFK motorcade pass down Main Street. Less than a minute later they heard shots as the motorcade turned down Elm Street. The men quickly located and interviewed eyewitnesses. Haynes was the first person interviewed giving his account on WFAA-TV. He continued to work in the background to help with the live broadcast after Kennedy's assassination was announced on live TV.
Mr. Haynes was found to have Parkinson’s disease in 2008.  
In addition to his son, Mr. Haynes is survived by his wife, Doris Gibson Haynes of Dallas; a daughter, Carla Mann of Longview; another son, Gibson Haynes of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Peppermint had a brother: Mr. Lifesaver...
All kidding aside, Jerry was brother to Maj. Gen. Fred Haynes.   (GIBBY'S UNCLE) Here is his obituary...
HAYNES FRED E. HAYNES (Age 89) Fred E. Haynes, 89, a retired Marine Corps Major General, died March 25, 2010 in a New York City hospital. He was a veteran of the iconic battle of Iwo Jima in WWII and founder of the Iwo Jima Association of America. He served with the 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima - the same regiment that raised the now famous flag on Mt. Suribachi. The picture, taken by Joe Rosenthal during the heat of the battle, has become the world-wide symbol of Marine Corps heroism. General Haynes served his country for almost 40 years, including three wars. Just prior to his demise, he participated in the 65th Anniversary of Iwo Jima Reunion and Symposium at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia. General Haynes served in Korea in 1954 as the Executive Officer, Second Battalion, lst Marine Regiment. In Vietnam, 1966-67, he served as both Commanding Officer, 5th Marine Regiment, and as Chief of Staff, Task Force X-Ray, lst Marine Division. As a general officer he served as Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and subsequently commanded both the 2d and 3d Marine Divisions. With extensive experience handling prisoners of war, General Haynes also advised presidential candidates, as well as sitting presidents, on the treatment of those captured during battle. He strongly advocated humane treatment of all prisoners, not only because he believed "it was the moral thing to do", but also because humane treatment often provided valuable intelligence at a time when the lives of servicemen and women depended on it. General Haynes, along with co-author James A. Warren, wrote the best-selling military book on WWII, "The Lions of Iwo Jima". It is a firsthand account of the 4,500 Marines, from Combat Team 28, 5th Marine Division, during the ferocious battle for Iwo Jima in 1945, in which the General actively participated. This highly decorated Marine Corps General is survived by his wife Bonnie Arnold Haynes, three children Karen Francis Haynes, Fred Elmore Haynes, William Lane Haynes and stepdaughter Alexandra Samantha Tramont. Services to be held at a later date. 
Original image by Joe Rosenthal/The Associated Press.  Second image by Henry Rollins


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