During the ninth and tenth seasons of
the show, Red and some of the Lodge members would describe a famous person in the history of Possum Lake. The people introduced on this segment are usually notable for performing some strange act or making an odd career choice, and they are often looked back upon with a mix of reverence and derision.
The People Edit
Lady In Red
Honest John Jonassen
Former mayor of Possum Lake, who promised big but delivered the opposite
Could not understand how the town didn't have a Rolls-Royce dealership when he first came
Wanted Hap Shaughnessy to help in Possum Lake's bid for the 1986 Winter Olympics, but Hap declined
Sold timeshare deals in the south, but guests were wanted by the law and definitely not from Florida as John claimed
Ran a pyramid scheme involving real pyramids with three levels of government funding
Downfall came after disappearance from swimming across Possum Lake with a large number of parking tokens in his pockets
Rent A Wreck
The Manning Triplets
Born as an idea of the local town to capitalize on the birth of the Dionne quintuplets
The triplets were boys and named Snap, Crackle and Pop
Town never got the anticipated income and the mayor was turfed out of office after being named the triplets' true father
Went on to play baseball, serve in the Army postal corps and then receive medical discharge
Went to work for the post office and went on compensation before retiring in 1987
The Battle Call
Was born Web Switzer
Being a Hollywood movie star in some really old and bad films, always in the role of "hero's best friend"
Wanted Dalton Humphrey to appear in a play called "Death of a Salesman"
Is responsible for the Possum Lake Little Theater, the government grant players and the still-controversial nude scene in "Our Town"
Guinness World Records
Joined the circus as Slappo the Three-Legged Clown
Turned a mansion into an amusement attraction about the human reproductive system
Disappeared one night, leaving behind his third leg
Season 10 Edit
Diamond Jim Brady
The first to put zippers in men's pants
Several attempts did not work out: the first pair of pants had the zipper put in horizontally and the next pair had the zipper close by pulling down rather than up
Wound up selling the factory to his workers and the business shut down soon after