I remember working with Joe Franklin during a project for Spy magazine and J&B Scotch. We thought it would be kitsch to have him MC an event at Tunnel (a massive nightclub in Chelsea) where we buried a time capsule (which, of course, included a copy of Spy and a bottle of J&B). Anyone remember Tunnel? (Anyone stop by that night for free and flowing J&B?) The event, part of a "Spur of the Moment" series in which party-going, hip Manhattanites would call a phone number at a certain time that day, and we would announce where the place "to be" was that night in NYC. It was an irreverent adventure and tons of fun. One summer night we showed a movie on a cleared lot in the West 20s.
Before the Tunnel event, I remember going to Joe Franklin's office at WOR-TV. Newspapers were stacked to the ceiling on his desk and floor. (It was hoarder's dream.) He was a clippy New Yorker wearing a big check jacket, foundation. There was an impish perkiness to his smile (and he was one of the only men I had ever seen wearing foundation off-set.)
Joe Franklin was perfect for the Spy event. This TV talk-show and radio pioneer in his own right would bring a a seasoned showbiz "cleee-esss" to the happening.
His voice is inimitable. Unless, of course, you're Billy Crystal.
Here's a clip of Joe Franklin appearing on "Fresh Air."http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html…