Looking Back Jan 1 2012

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

The old year is behind us and a new one just beginning. What were your last words in 2011? Here is a look back at exit lines from television, books and movies as well as real people.

Television personalities

“Good night, and good luck.” - Edward R. Murrow

“That’s the news. Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.” - Jane Curtin and Chevy Chase

“See you on the radio.” - Charles Osgood

“ Bless your pea-pickin’ hearts.” - Tennessee Ernie Ford

“ Say goodnight, Gracie.” - George Burns

“Goodnight, Dick.” - Dick Martin

“Goodnight, and grease for peace!” - Sha Na Na

Television series finales

• “Until we meet again.” - The Oprah Winfrey Show

• “The day the running stopped.” - The Fugitive

• “Oh, I went ahead and ordered something for the table.” - The Sopranos

• “I don’t care what you say, I’m coming to work on Monday.” - Coach

• “Good-bye, kids.” - Howdy Doody

• “Sorry, we’re closed.” - Cheers

• “Good-bye” (spelled in stones) - M*ASH

• “All right, hey, you’ve been great! See you in the cafeteria.” - Seinfeld

From the movies

“That’ll do pig. That’ll do.” - Babe

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” - Back to the Future

“I’ve got a flat tire, and I ain’t got no spare.” - Bonnie and Clyde

“I now pronounce you men and wives.” - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

“No prisoners!” - Animal House

“Boys, let’s watch the cigarette butts, shall we? This is my house, not a pigsty.” - The Odd Couple

“For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble.” - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

“I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.” - The Shawshank Redemption


Moby Dick : “It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan.”

Catch-22: “The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.”

The Great Gatsby: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Pride and Prejudice: “Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them.”

To Kill a Mockingbird: “He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.”

The Catcher in the Rye: “If you do, you start missing everybody.”

Robinson Crusoe: “All these things, with some very surprising incidents in new adventures of my own, for ten years more, I may perhaps give a farther account of hereafter.”

A Tale of Two Cities: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

Real People- Do you know (or can you guess) who is credited with these last words?

  1. “Is someone hurt?”

  2. “Die, my dear? Why that’s the last thing I’ll do!”

  3. “I have a terrific headache.”

  4. “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!”

  5. “I have tried so hard to do right.”

  6. “LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.”

  7. “It’s very beautiful over there.”

  8. “Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.”

  9. “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.”

  10. “That was a great game of golf, fellers.”

  11. “It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.”

  12. “Put out the light.”

  13. “Strike the tent.”

  14. “Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark.”

  15. “I hope I haven’t bored you.”

Other ‘lasts’

• The last 8-track tape produced by a major company was ‘Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits’, released by Warner Brothers in 1988.

• On the morning of August 14, 1936 there were over 20,000 people present to watch the last public execution ever held in the United States. Rainey Bethea, a 22-year-old black man was convicted and hanged for killing a 70-year-old white woman in Owensboro, Kentucky.

• After almost 150 years of telegram service, Western Union ceased the service as of January 2006, sending it’s last telegram on January 26, 2006.

• The last episode of “Perry Mason” was called “The Case of the Final Fadeout” and aired on May 22, 1966.

• The last known smallpox death was Janet Parker, an English medical photographer. She was exposed to smallpox in a laboratory accident and passed away in September of 1978. On May 8, 1980, the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated.

• The tug-of-war was introduced to the Olympic games in 1900. The last Olympic tug-of-war was held at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium with Great Britain tugging their way to gold, the Netherlands capturing silver and Belgium roping bronze.

• Alcatraz opened in 1850 and from 1859 until 1933 served as a military prison. In 1933 Alcatraz was changed to a federal prison until it’s closing in 1963. The last inmate at Alcatraz was Frank Wathernam who left on March 21 1963.

• The last cigarette ad ever shown on television was aired on the “Tonight Show” on December 31, 1970. The cigarette brand was Virginia Slims.

• The world’s last Peanuts comic strip was published on February 13, 2000. Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts, passed away the night before.

Answers to famous last words

  1. John F. Kennedy reportedly said this to his wife just after he was shot and seconds before falling into a coma.

  2. Groucho Marx

  3. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage .

  4. Karl Marx responded this way when asked by his housekeeper what his last words were.

  5. Grover Cleveland, U.S. President

  6. Aldous Huxley made this request to his wife. She obliged and he was injected twice before his death.

  7. Thomas Edison

  8. Mother Teresa

  9. Oscar Wilde

  10. Bing Crosby

  11. George Washington

  12. Theodore Roosevelt

  13. Robert Edward Lee

  14. O. Henry - quoting a popular song.

  15. Elvis Presley said this upon the conclusion of what would be his last press conference.