In this debut tribute, a fan-turned-friend revisits journal entries to share fond memories she has of entertainer Soupy Sales.
Shortly before attending UCLA, Davis catches an episode of The Soupy Sales Show, and after just minutes of watching the host perform on screen, a fan is born. As a way to show her support, she immediately joins the official Soupy Sales fan club in Los Angeles. In doing so, she quickly makes many lasting friendships and connections, which eventually lead to the most meaningful one to her: a friendship with Soupy himself. Davis kept a detailed account of these years of her life and recalls specific entries from her journal in order to share her memories of the events surrounding her friendship with the beloved comedian. Though many of the extraneous personal details extracted from her journal limit the book’s universal appeal, the fulfillment she receives from befriending Soupy Sales would be best appreciated and understood by fellow fans. Her account illustrates the extreme and unwavering loyalty that Soupy Sales fans have, and it’s clear that they live by the fan club’s motto: “United, we will obtain the satisfaction of knowing we are furthering the career of Soupy Sales.” While Davis leaves no question about the TV personality’s keen ability to attract numerous devoted fans, Soupy Sales is oddly absent from his own tribute. Instead, Davis is eager to focus on her friendship with him, remaining too entranced by the TV star to eliminate any distance that exists between them. Though Davis writes about a private lunch she once had with Soupy in order “to see the person, the friend, not the celebrity,” her constant praise of the man’s work does not allow readers to see him through any other lens than that of an extreme fan.
A personal scrapbook that shines a light on the devotion of Soupy Sales’ following, but ultimately leaves readers wanting to know more about the person behind the celebrity.