For those who don't remember his wacky noontime show, it's impossible to explain. It was obviously the inspiration for the Pee Wee Herman show. About all I can remember is the couple inside the cast-iron stove; one of the signature lines was "Cool it, Reba," aimed at the wife. And of course, the Mouse:
Later that year he invented a dance called "The Mouse," a loony version of the Twist in which Sales bared his upper teeth, raised his hands to his ears and wiggled his fingers while chewing in time to the music. He performed it several times on "The Ed Sullivan Show," where he met dancer Trudy Carson. They were married in 1980.
They miss the real trick of the Mouse, which was that Soupy would skip left and right as he sang the song, and sometimes he would skip twice in one direction, which us kids tried hard to do and mostly failed.