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Flip Wilson

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It was on this date in 1998 that Clerow Wilson Jr. died.

You might remember him as "Flip" Wilson. He was a comedian and actor best known for his television appearances during the late 1960s and 1970s.

From 1970 to 1974, Wilson hosted his own weekly variety series The Flip Wilson Show, and introduced viewers to his recurring character "Geraldine."

Wilson was the first black American to host a successful TV variety show. In January1972, Time magazine featured Wilson's image on its cover and named him "TV's first black superstar."

He released a number of comedy albums in the 1960s and 1970s and won a Grammy Award for his 1970 album The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress.

We went back and listened to that album. Funny stuff. But he never used the word "prosopography."

Think it over. Sound it out. Does prosopography mean:

A: Mixing a message into a conversation. "My main point is to be funny; if I can slip a prosopography in there, fine," said Flip.

B: A gathering of friends. "I'll be on the Dean Martin roasts again," said Flip. "It's always a prosopography."

C: Evil. "The prosopography made me do it," said Flip's character Geraldine.

D: Social and family connections. "My boyfriend, ‘Killer,' might not have much prosopography, but he's my man," declared Geraldine.

Wilson lied about his age and joined the Air Force when he was 16. His outgoing personality and funny stories made him popular; he was even asked to tour military bases to cheer up other servicemen.

Claiming that he was always "flipped out," Wilson's barracks mates gave him the nickname "Flip," which he used as his stage name.

The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "D."

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