For those Pigdog readers that came of age in the early
80's, you'll remember the TV series the "A-Team". It was a
show about 4 Vietnam vets on the run from the Army for a
crime they didn't commit - forced to make a living in the
LA underground as mercenaries righting wrongs.
The only thing that was worse then the acting, was the dialog. And the only
worse then the dialog was their shooting. In every single episode, they'd
always fire away at the bad guys with massive assault weapons on full auto at
damn near point blank range and nobody EVER got hit. And don't get me started
only how many times someone got in a major car rollover with out wearing a
seatbelt and walk away smiling and brushing the dust off. Still, it was what
A-Team did... lots of firepower and big explosions and no body count.
It starred George Peppard as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, some loser named Dirk
Benedict as Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck, an indecipherable twit Dwight
Schultz as Capt. "Howling Mad" Murdock and the reason the showed crawled across
the 100 episode line needed for syndication, Mr. T (Lawrence Turead) as Sgt.
Bosco "Bad Attitude" Baracus.
As L. Fitzgerald Sjöberg writing for the Brunching Shuttlecocks so recently and
correctly points out
"...Mr. T was and is the cornerstone of the A-Team franchise. Without him, the
show might as well have been titled "Three White Guys Get Cancelled."
For those of you that have been wondering just what Mr. T's been doing, we have
the answer. Making commercials for the Oregon Lottery. As usual, he's
stomping around, scaring the hell out of the white folks. At least he least
working in the Biz, as I think Mr. T. might have problems getting a job selling
insurance or pumping gas. He's been type-casted worse then just about anyone
in Hollywood, for that, "I pity the poor fool."
So if you want to hear Mr. T say "Who wants to give Mr. T foot rub?" to a
tailer full of white people.