Welcome to Mort's Loudmouth, a free guestbook service from New Dream Network and the DreamHost!
This is where you can share your memories of Mort or sound off about our world today by adding your words at The Loudmouth!
|E-mail address:||Ergnatz (at) aol dot com|
|Comments:||I and several activist student friends would be brought in to round out his show, in Cleveland in 84-85. I also got him several guests, including an Ethiopian anti-Soviet activist who later brought me to DC. While my friend was down the hall during a commercial break, Morton told a couple off-color Ethiopian jokes. Morton chain-smoked, and downed a lot of coffee. At the end of the show he'd pull a 38 out of his desk, head downstairs to where his producer had brought the car, and head off into the night. A natural entertainer he was.|
|Comments:||I watched Mort's show in the Eighties and was entertained by it. The show broke new ground for our culture, standing in stark contrast to the tame stuff prevailing at that time (e.g., Phil Donahue).
I just watched the "Evocateur..." documentary and learned about Mort's personal history and demons. He was troubled, as many of us are, but it's obvious he did his best. We shouldn't judge others because we never know what they face. Mort struggled and achieved popularity, loved several people and, to his credit, campaigned against tobacco during his last years. That's a life worth celebrating.
|Comments:||If he were around today, I don't think he'd give a rat's patooty about Britney Spears reading the paper or Britney Spears on the can.
Now, Abe Lincoln? That's another story altogether.
Keep stretching those minds...
Yours in Peace,
|Comments:||Hi. My name is Tom Gulley and I host a webcast M-F from Dallas, Texas. Past guests include Senator Gary Hart, Kevin Sorbo of the Hercules TV show, MIT inventors, musicians, and authors of all kinds.
Growing up, I was a huge fan of the Morton Downey program. I've never forgotten Mort's unvarnished style, and persona.
I'd love to have Lori on my program as a guest any time she wishes.
Thanks for your time,
|Comments:||I was thinking about you and your show as I loved watching it. I still use the phrase ZIP IT. I didn't know you had passed on,RIP my friend and know you are missed and remembered. Now I need to scour the websites stores to find any copies of your shows. We really could use a man like you now adays, this whole country could.|
|Comments:||Thank you and God Bless you, Mort. I am proud to have been a "Mort-a-Maniac" and miss your show. R.I.P. to a true pioneer and icon.|
|Comments:||I watched Morton Downey Jr. until they took it off the air in our area. I understood he was still on syndicated tv after that. I never knew why it was taken off our viewing channel. I also was not aware that he had passed away until now. His show was the most interesting of all talk shows. I loved the fact that he had the 'guts' to tell it like it is. In this liberal land we now have, it's sad to think we may never have another conservative 'loudmouth' willing to shout out the truth like he could. God bless his wife and family.|
|Comments:||I watched Mort religiously! He was the voice when there was none. I had tickets to see him when I was attending FDU in Teaneck but the show had been cancelled. Does anyone know why this happened? I'd like to know why this happened as there was no explanation.|
|Comments:||I worked with "Dr." Morton Downey Jr when he was at WERE in Cleveland, 1984-1985. I was the Production Director at the time. I would produce some of the crazy bits he would use on his show - he once had a talent show and I was a ventriloquist he named Fritz Blaupunkt. In return, I would ask Mort to do some screwy bits to use on other shows. No matter how busy he was, when he would see me come into the office with 'that look' in my eye, he would hurry down to the production studio with me looking for fun! And we did have fun; the kind of fun only 2 crazy Irishmen can have together.|
|Comments:||On one promo he said "Some people call manditory drug testing a violation of their civil rights - I call being on an airplane who pilot is on drugs a violation of my civil rights and we'll talk about that on the next Morton Downey SHow". I've often quoted that.|
|Comments:||Loved Joe Pyne when I was younger. Morton seemed to carry on the Pyne style of insulting anyone and anything. Would love to edit tapes or get a list of guests for purchase.|
|Comments:||I was at the taping of Mort's first show after the beating he took at the airport. He was waiting in the wings and I got to talk to him about his injuries and he assured me that he was all right. He put on a great show.
To this day, I still deride pablum pukers as Mort taught us to think for ourselves and, today, it seems like this is more of an issue than ever before. Think for yourself! Neither the right or the left has all the answers and if you think one side does, you should take Mort's advice and Zip It, Pal!!!
|Comments:||I remember meeting Mort while I was waiting to enter the studio at WWOR in Secaucus, NJ where the Morton Downey Jr. Show was taped.
As Mort was walking by, greeting and shaking hands with the people on line, I asked him for an autograph. Because of his television persona, I expected Mort to be a jerk, but he was extremely nice to me, and he cheerfully signed his autograph as I had asked.
I wish that I could get a copy of that show, as I was clearly shown in the audience when the camera panned the audience. The topic of the show was Scientology, and I believe that the show was taped on December 15, 1987.
|Comments:||Mort may have played the anti-liberal card on the air, but as Lori said "He made himself available to everyone by extending his hand to anyone who reached out toward him in any way. He truly cared about people and he believed in one race...the human race."
That, my friends, is a liberal. Today, I bet Morton would rip the right a new asshole. You ever hear a "conservative" take on the KKK or the violent right? Not these days. They embrace them. Mort had no patience with the likes of the John Birch Society or the kind of hateful BS anti-Semitic literature that Glenn Beck encourages his viewers to read. Nope, today you would more likely find Mort on MSNBC than on Fox.
|Comments:||I will forever remember Mort's last days, sitting in the hospital with him as he told me his life story. Unfortunately we spent more time laughing and not enough time to get the WHOLE story. But he will still always be remembered as an "original" entertainer. many have tried, but there will never be another Morton Downey Jr.|
|Comments:||I was just a kid when Mort was on the air, and I was too young to get it back then. My dad still uses the term "pablum puking liberals." Mort was the "everyman," and we could use a guy like that today.|
|Comments:||Trying to find a copy of an episode I was on. It was the first one back after he was "attacked" by the skinheads. I don't remember who the guests were or what the subject was. The only thing I remember was he took a hairpiece the network wanted him to wear and threw it on the ground. My high school friends and I were in the crowd for that show, and Mort came over and talked to us. It was really cool. Very nice man. R.I.P. If anyone knows anything about the episode I am talking about please let me know. Thanks!|
|Name:||Michael A D'Antonio|
|Comments:||The Morton Downey Jr Show was GREAT CONSERVATIVE political entertainment. I LOVED it. My favorite guests were the great Pat Buchanan, the lovely Gloria Allred and John Flynn.
PABLUM PUKING LIBERALS beware - we didn't leave - we DIDN'T get liberalism - we're still very much here and still conservative. Without Mort, we just watch and listen to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck now.
RIP Mort! You were a great American!
|Name:||turn off the tv|
|Comments:||mort was to talk shows what wrestling is to sports.
that's not a compliment by the way....
|Comments:||I've always loved how Mort was never afraid to tell the truth. No mind games, no beating around the bush; just blunt, no holds barred, up front in-your-face honesty!
He's part of what inspired me in my own talk-show on BlogTalkRadio!
|Name:||JOHN A. TATOIAN ESQ.|
|Comments:||Mr Downey was pure entertainment, nothing more, nothing less; a flash in the pan. When the $ men realized he wasn't bringing in the dollars, he was gone as quick as a lesbian at the Kremlin.:) Morton Downey Jr's goal was to make $$$$$$, and that, like it or not, is as American as applie pie & baseball.;)) Morton wasn't a conservative or right winger or Republican or pro life activist or talk show host or singer or songwriter; he was a capitalist. I suspect Mr. Downey would have shoveled human excrement onstage if it would have brought in ratings/$$$$$$$$.;) Rest In Peace my Irish friend.|
|Name:||Wayne A Woodward|
|Comments:||Hello Ms Downey,
I had no idea that Mr. Downey had passed away. Please except my condolences. I like him very much. He reminded me of my Dad from Cape Cod Mass. God Bless you. Forgive me for this late note.
Rest in Heaven Brother Downey,
Wayne A. Woodward
Colorado Springs, CO
|Comments:||I had the great pleasure of working with Morton in 1998 at Invest America. You always knew when Mort would enter the offices,his exuberance was intoxicating. Coffee in hand and a huge smile on his face. He taught me so much about PR. He always had a great story to tell. Not many people realize that Mort was first talk show host with an audience interactive format. He perfected what so many talk show hosts now use. Morton's rivalry with Howard Stearn had the nation riveted. He knew how to get everyone's attention. He was the best. I miss you Mort, RIP|
|Comments:||morton was greatest talk show host ever without him these other talk shows wouldn't exist mort rest in peace i'll see you in heaven when i get there you are not forgotten you inspired me to be a loudmouth too and to always stand up for what i believe and to tell like it like is|
|Comments:||Regarding the Duffy Strode street preacher references .... I personally know the illegitimate child of Duffy's street preaching daddy. Here is this man, walking around telling people they are sinners and that white is right and the world is wrong ... acting all Mr. Holier Than Thou ... and he has son (Duffy's & Pepper's half sibling) running around that he abandoned as a 5 year old. Mr. Strode's first born ... A kid who met his half brother and sister only one time, during his very last visit with his wacky (and let's not forget "sinner") father. How is that for hypocrisy? I hope Duffy and Pepper are away from that douche and living normal, sane lives far away from the Street Preacher. Like my friend, once he found out who his dad had become, he moved on convinced that not knowing him was better than actually knowing this wackjob of a dad. You know, Mr. Strode got his start back in Chambersburg, PA. He can never live there again because of his antics and the antics of his children. It just blows my mind that in all the tv talk shows this man appeared on, nobody did a background check on Mr. Strode and found out he had fathered an child out of wedlock and abandened him and the child's mother because he had to marry some other woman whome he had knocked up while trying to make up his mind whether he wanted to be a dad or not to this little boy. Oh yeah, great little tidbit here .... the chick he had to marry was 15 and I am pretty sure her dad was a preacher ... hmmmm. Yes, this bible thumper really shouldn't throw stones at all. Hopefully he is getting his karmic rewards !!!!!|
|Comments:||Mort had talent. It's rare to see eny talk show today show as much talent,honesty and fairness. I am so sorry that we lost a pioneer such as Mort! Mort's in heaven now doing his shows! I hope he's still on by the time I get there!|
|Comments:||Mort was THE LOUDMOUTH talk show host!|
|Comments:||Morton Downey Jr.
we love you and your Program
we loved every show Great work
anytime is the right time to see you and your
mark of Excellence in our Hearts
|Comments:||We were talking about Mort at work today. It's factory work, and our plant is slow. We all thought what would Mort say about things today.
Mike & the Wood-Mode crew.
|Comments:||I can remember watching the loudmouth show back in 1988 and went and saw him in 1988 in Greensboro NC. I stood right beside him as he was coming into the building. He belived in his beliefs and respect him for that, I may not agree with them but do respect his strong will for what he believed. RIP Mort|
|Comments:||I have never laughed more, enjoyed going to work more, had more fun than when I worked with Morton. I assure you all there was never a dull day in Secaucus when Morton got to work. Even after all these years I still can't figure everything about him. A complicated man, a good man, a great performer. He loved his raw steaks, his smoking and his drinks, Morton lived life with passion. There was a bit of an evil side to the man. He was a trouble maker. He liked to push the envelope and that part of Morton made for great television and fantastic conversations at dinner after the show. We would have the limo driver take us out and while we ate he got drunk and often Mort would drive him home. Morton was a great friend to me and to others, Senator James Ware among them. Senator? The Morton Downey Jr. show was as fun to make as to watch. I used to say to myself "Wow they pay US to do this" I would give give up my last dime to do it all again. What can I say. I love the guy and the staff that made the show. What else could get a bunch of New York City producers to Secaucus everyday. Thats right pal. Regards to the whole family, David Sittenfeld May 2009|
|Comments:||I was an audience member on a show that featured Bob Grant. The topic was something about female promiscuity, and a panel of women who wanted to ban adult men magazines such as hustler. Would it be possible to get a copy of this show? I ended up at the podium and made a few comments, then walked to my seat. Morton called me a wimp because I didn't stay there and hear the womens rebuttal (lol). I went with about 5 or 6 friends and we all had an Incredible time R.I.P Morton..... JBA|
|Comments:||I saw a tv spot last night with Mort warning people away from smoking. It was an American Lung Association tv ad. If you smoke, you can almost certainly expect to die of cancer, heart atack or stroke. As a smoker, I anticipate it.
More than that though, I too remember the show and what an impression it made on me in my late teens. Besides his mug being RIGHT in front of the camera, and the screaming and yelling that he fostered on the show, I remember the red socks ... and I LOVED THEM. It was a bolstering, tangible gesture to his opinionated persona, and more as a detractor from political correctness and vanilla talking heads, I bought several pair of red socks and wore them all the time. My mother thought I was crazy. But as an opionated person myself, I was a walking advertisement for his show and wore those socks proudly. For me, it was a statement of "If you come at me, I'm coming right back at you?" I'm pretty liberal, but I supported his confrontational style to the issues, and even agreed with several of his positions on them.
There will be another Mort ... at least someone like him. In fact, I'm sure there are plenty of likeable, over-the-top conservative advocates in the world. However, getting them on their own tv show is an entirely different matter.
|Comments:||As a teenager, I used to listen to the "Dr. Demento" show regularly and first heard Mr. Downey's "The Loudmouth Method" on that show. Later I came across his show while channel surfing and found it quite amusing and fascinating. While I did not necessarily always agree with what he had to say, I certainly respected the conviction he showed in his opinions.|
|Comments:||I remember having coffee with Mort in Denny's dinners in southern California talking Prolife one year. He was unassuming- I had no idea of his "famous" background, and that was years before I was surprised to see he had a TV program in New York. I was happy for him. Then sad, when I learned of his illness. I remember his seeming to always have a cigarette lit, but what stands out most in my memory was his casual posture sitting in the booth talking intently about Prolife. That was when prolife was truly “Prolife”, a name coined to counter the pro Roe v Wade supporters calling themselves ProChoice. I enjoyed talking to him about that numerous times, and just thought of him the other night...perhaps because I have picked up the gauntlet again to start writing to the bishops to urge them to make abortion the spiritual issue that it is, not political, the way it's portrayed in the media. It is not about voting for this person or that – it’s about believing in what we profess to believe and pray for as Catholics in Sunday Masses.|
|Comments:||Mort always told it like it was. No punches pulled. We need more individuals like Mort today!|
|Comments:||I remember going to mill creek mall in Secaucus with my grandfather when I was young and getting my copy of mort mort mort no place to hide signed by Mort during a booksigning. I still have the book, Mort wrote- Michael, kick ass, Mort. He had a great show.|
|Comments:||I remember watching Mort's talk show back when I was about a freshman and sophmore in high school. He made it ok for a kid to be conservative. He was so cool. To this day, when people ask how I became a conservative, I tell them that it all started with Morton Downey Jr. I recently found this site and some of his old clips and man, it really takes me down memory lane. Sometimes, you look back at things from the past and you are like, "why did I like that?" but looking back at Mort, he is still cool. In fact I said to someone, "we need a Morton Downey Jr. now".|
|Comments:||Mort, you always told it like it was. R.I.P Mort...|
|Comments:||I remember watching the MDJ Show as an opinionated, somewhat rebellious young adult (very young adult), and absolutely falling in love with what I saw. In my not-so-humble opinion back then, Mort was everything missing from TV (indeed, from all media) -- someone who wasn't afraid to take a stand, express an opinion, argue a point, etc., and back all of it up with his passionate, irrepressible and decidedly persuasive perspectives.
Imagine how amazing it was to me upon discovering some time later that my not-so-humble opinion about Mort wasn't just my own, that much of the TV-going American public (and a sizeable amount of foreign viewers as well) felt the same as I did -- that Morton Downey Jr. was a most unique, singular person whose ardor and passion for finding the truth was matched only by his indomitable and irrepressible desire to broadcast the truth to as many of his fellow humans as possible. His in-your-face, no-holds-barred style of interrogation . . . er, I mean, interviewing, was not only very informative (as much for what the guest did NOT say as for what s/he did), but also enormously entertaining solely because of Mort's truly inimitable and incomparable, albeit . . . ahem, shall we say . . . "confrontational" interrogation/interview methods. And in the end, this is exactly what made the MDJ Show so much fun to watch -- Mort's aggression and enthusiasm.
Nobody else, either before or since, NOBODY has been able to combine the elements of a legitimate, informative (and unfortunately often all too boring) news talk show/round table discussion with the unpredictable, entertaining and sometimes even circus-style atmosphere of a tabloid-esque afternoon TV talker. In my not-so-humble opinion, the reason we haven't seen another TV show anywhere close to the MDJ Show is not because there aren't sharp, creative minds busy at work within television program development. Rather, the primary reason is simply because there has not been, nor will there ever likely be, another Morton Downey Jr.
So sad, so sorry, that his ever-present, ever-smoking cigarette -- an unnecessary, if perhaps understandably marketable aspect of his persona -- also proved to be his undoing. If ever there was a situation that accurately and effectively demonstrates the immeasurable damage, the pointless, senseless, meaningless loss caused by cigarette smoking, then surely Morton Downey Jr.'s premature passing is such a set of circumstances.
Thank you Mort for all of the wonderful, funny, amusing, amazing, sharp, unpredictable, thought-provoking and conscious-questioning entertainment that you provided to us through the MDJ Show. Thank you very, very much. Without a doubt, somewhere up in the Elysian Fields, where kings and counselors meet, a host of angels are being emotionally and intellectually stimulated -- entertained in the truest sense of the word -- by Morton Downey Jr.
|Name:||Michael Mahyar Hojjatie|
|Comments:||Wow, all I did was Wikipedia "Morton Downey Jr." and I found this priceless site! I remember watching this with my conservative Iranian parents (of all people!) as a young kid and loving every second of it. Heck, maybe it contribute to their Westernization, I don't know. Well thank hell for small favors!
Rest easy, Mouth. People like me will gladly immortalize you in the annals of history!
|Comments:||WOW, I love the site just found it!
I knew Mort well and had some great times with him. I had the pleasure of going to many of the show tapings at WWOR as well, and Mort ALWAYS made sure I got to be up front so he coudl high five me when he made his entrance on the show. I was also honored when Mort asked me to play a role in his music video back in 1989 Hey There Mr Dealer! He returned the favor to me by making me look good at various events as I was a radio personality at the time on WPLJ in New York City. I really need to find some of the pictures and video to share.
BTW, one of the posts talks about Duffy the kid preacher,I was at that show! It was fun:) I wonder what that kid is doing now lol
|Comments:||I was fortunate to have my hometown's Channel 9 (WWOR) on cable when I was away in college in the late 1980s. One night, my roommate and I were channel surfing and there was Morton! My roommate was from Grenada, West Indies, and instantly fell in love with the show. He loved Mort's honest, yet tough, approach to the topics of the day. We would tape the shows and mail them to his dad in Grenada who loved them as well. We loved how Mort would bash skin heads, Al Sharpton, racists, thugs, etc. My roommate thought Mort was a true American living by all the freedoms we are allowed. And most times I had to agree with him! Mort's show came at a time when it was needed and was appreciated by many. I still think of Mort when I see some of his guests on other talk shows and think to myself "Mort made that joker look like the fool they are!"
Anyway, I just wanted to share some thoughts on Mort. Whether you liked his views or not, he was honest, stood up for his beliefs, and was proud to be an American. I wish more people in our country would have those three qualities. RIP, Mort.
PS. Does anyone know if the shows will ever be released on DVD? Mrs. Downey - can you get the rights to them and release them here?
|Comments:||I had the privilege of getting to know Mort on a personal level and this guy was the greatest in the world. After the show was canceled I tried to find Mort but I couldn't and how I wish I could have said good-bye. For anyone who didn't know Mort he was a totally different person then we see on the show.I think channel 9 dropped the ball when they canceled his show but was not surprised once Bill Boggs came along. I always Thanked Mort for canning Jim Langen because he was disrespectful.What ever happened to his wife Kim she was also a very nice person.|
|Comments:||I Had the chance to spent a yr with mort and it was the best yr of my life. to this day I think about the fun times we had. what most people don't know is that mort was really kind & geneous person, who would do anything for anyone.Mort would come to my restraunt and sit for hrs signing items for people who would ask. I think the down fall of the morton downey show was they hired bill boggs.Bogg personal is a good man but he tried to change the show and then the disaster with the skinheads ruined what was a great great show.If anyone has tapes of the show and would like to exchange email me at JJBENDER1@AOL.COM.|
|Name:||Salvatore J. Coriale|
|Comments:||Morton Downey Jr. was THE BEST TALK SHOW HOST EVER, AND THE BEST SHOW THAT EVER AIRED, not only that but he was the PIONEER OF THE IN YOUR FACE EXPLOSIVE TALK SHOWS!!! I DARE ANYONE TO ARGUE WITH THAT!!! Jerry springer couldnt keep up with MORT ON HIS BEST DAY and theres still noone out there since that ever could!!!
With that said I need help. I was on a show of Morts in 1988, went to the podium and talked, then high fived him at the end, I lost the taping years ago and really need to find how i can get that episode topic was the "paparazzi"? Id like to find all of Morts shows from start to finish. PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN. THANK YOU!
|Comments:||I'd love to see the old Samsung ad where Morton Downey Jr. was supposed to run for president in 2008! It pictured him in front of an american flag.
anyone have it?
|Comments:||In the early 90's I was a Marine Stationed at 29 Palms. I remember walking in Palm Springs and being invited to see his show. There were about 5 of us young Marines and he sat us all in the front row. He also provided us with free drinks for the duration of the taping. At the beginning of the show he thanked us for our service. We were especially thankful, because Marines don't always get treated that well in California. Great memory, of a good guy|
|Comments:||Wow, I just watched his July 1988 segment with Ron Paul. It was certainly trash TV. I guess that Mort didnt learn about cigs till too late, and from personal experience I know that is not a good way to have to go. In that segment you can tell that people become far too focusing upon letting drugs become legal (like cigs and alcohol) and thus removing them from the control of criminal organizations. Well Thank God that Ron is back, and with any luck the libertarians can correct the craziness that we have had in Government since that unfortunate election in 88.|
|Comments:||I miss Mort. I miss him terribly. I wish his family the best and know that he is looking down on us from heaven. Thank you Mort. You have meant so much to so many people that it is impossible to articulate your great work during your time on this Earth.
|Comments:||I first saw Mort as a high school sophomore in an airing where one of the guests used the phrase "lizard lips" in anger toward a non-white guest. Mort berated the speaker, which jibes with my driving belief that it is flat out wrong to be a racist and say racist things. Even conservative Christians who aren't hypocrites (yes, there are a handful out there) believe that racism is a horrible sin. Anyway, from there I gave Mort the benefit of the doubt. We only had the show for a short time in Milwaukee, and my friend and I actually saw him at the Riverside Theatre in 1988 (still have the shirt). I didn't see the show enough to see his hatred for liberals. For what it's worth, I actually believe in racial equality, which is not in the liberal platform. It's certainly not in the conservative playbook either, so both ends of the spectrum can suck pabulum and puke it up.|
|Comments:||Correct me if I am wrong but Jerry Springer did not "replace" Morton Downey Jr. MD Jr.'s show ended in 1989 and I believe Jerry Springer started his show in the early '90's. JB|
|Comments:||Nice site. My grandmother and I use to watch Mort back in the day. It sucks they took him off the air and replaced him with Jerry Springer nonsense. At least his shows were genuine for the most part and not set up.
Ah well. Now thank god I can watch these episodes again on YouTube!
Miss ya Mort Bud! My grandma is up there with ya probably nagging' ya for ya autograph :)
|Comments:||Back in the late '80's Mort had a show dedicated to young street preachers. One of the preachers was a kid named Duffy Strode (who got suspended from school in NC for telling his principal to go to Hell) Duffy's dad was also on the show and Mort threw him out. Does anyone know what ever became of Duffy Strode? Is he now an adult street preacher? IS younger sister Pepper was also a street preacher, but Duffy was the more famous of the duo.|
|Comments:||The MDJ Show angered me. I couldn't believe the tactics used by the host to silence dissent, and I couldn't believe there were so many young people in his audience that held the same prejudicial beliefs as Mort regarding liberals. He was treated as a rock star by these teenaged and 20-something ignorant kids, who reveled in his sad antics and encouraged his awful behavior.
Squashing dissent, that's what it all came down to. God forbid a liberal/Democrat began to voice a valid point which contradicted Mort's views - that liberal/Democrat would be hung-up on, screamed at, called a "pablum puker," receive a faceful of smoke, and told to "zip it." I trace the fall of honest political discourse in this country to Morton Downey, Jr.; since him, we no longer have civil debates about the serious issues of the day - we instead have name-calling, shouting, finger-pointing, louder and louder screaming matches, and divisive partisanship. Americans no longer listen with attention to other Americans with differing beliefs; instead, they tell others to just "zip it."
God bless you, Lori. I'm sorry you lost your husband at such a young age, and I'm sorry if I've ruined the lovefest for Mort. I disliked him not only for the beliefs he had, but for the way he silenced anyone with a different opinion. He didn't encourage political discussion; the "discussion" on his show was purely and unfairly one-sided. Shame.
|Comments:||Working retail I come across a lot of good and the customer from he**. Since being on the 'wrong side of 50' and STILL enjoying my Chesterfields (non filter) I feel like I HAVE put the boots on and KICKED A** on many occaisions. Now I have the reputation of take no crap from anybody.
Thank YOU Mort & Lori Krebbs for being and inspiration to an American who is MAD AS HELL and not taking the bullcrap anymore.
|Comments:||My son was born in 1988...I fondly remember being GLAD when he woke me up for his 2 am feeding.....on went the Morton Downey Jr. show. I was too young to understand his politics but I'm happy to learn now that he was a conservative. My baby started sleeping through the night so I would miss MDJ, but I'll never forget the impression he left on me! Bless his crazy soul!!|
|Comments:||I remember Sean Downey when he was a liberal Democratic activist in the 70's. You don't hear much about that part of Sean's life before he became a right wing nut job. He recorded an anti-Spiro Agnew novelty song that I used to listen to as a kid.|
|Comments:||just like the joe pyne show,a talk and/or shout show .if you can't win the argument,shout it out of existence.|
|Comments:||I watched Mort when ever he was on. Yelling at people like Rev. Al Sharpton right in his face. Putting Gloria Alred in her place OR "Correcting her" Too bad the shows haven't been remastered and put on DVD. It would be one hell of a collectin.Jim from Cincinnati|
|Comments:||MORT IS A REALLY GREAT MAN AND I'VE USED TO WATCH HIS TV TALKS HOW BACK IN MY FAVORITE DECADE, THE 1980's, "THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. SHOW" IS A RIP-OFF OF "HOT SEAT" HOSTED BY ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE TALK SHOW HOST BY THE NAME OF WALLY GEORGE THAT WAS FORMALLY AIRED ON LOCAL ORANGE COUNTY TELEVISION STATION KDOC-TV CHANNEL 56, IT'S A SMALL STATION HERE IN THE LOS ANGELES MARKET THAT CARRIES CLASSIC TV PROGRAMMING WITH LOCAL SPORTS LIKE ANAHEIM DUCKS GAMES, MORTON WAS USED TO BE A GUEST ON WALLY'S "HOT SEAT" SHOW BACK IN ITS CHANNEL 56 DAYS.
MORT WAS THE "LOUDMOUTH" TV TALK SHOW HOST, HE DIED IN 2001 AT THE TENDER AGE OF 67.
|Comments:||It all boiled down to this:
Mort was pure entertainment.
...you couldn't not watch him...whether you agreed with him or not. The first person in the media/TV who said it the way it was and didn't feed us what he thought we wanted to hear. That's probably why the show lasted only a short time, but made a huge impression. Talk shows are still being framed after his show.
Thanks Mort and Lori
|Name:||Charlie Protz in NY|
|Comments:||To: The Iraq war
Message: Z I P I T !!!!!!
|Comments:||A pleasure to discover this site Mrs. Downey.
A few random thoughts and memories...
1. I 'discovered' Mort due to a new friend of mine in 10th grade. He was not just any high school student... he and his family had only just 2 years earlier DEFECTED from the Soviet Union and, after seeking amnesty, found his way into a Philadelphia Honors history class. No kidding! Growing up 'Red' (as Mort would put it) bequithed a TRUE appreciation of American liberty. Therefore he, more than any other 'friend' I knew at the time, discovered and appreciated the FREEDOM of expression and conservative ideals held by the Great Mort. I began my own personal political and professional journey in many ways beginning with my friend and our nights getting together to watch (& laugh) with the MDJ show.
2. My parents divorced early in my life. I grew up with very strict grandparents in the 80s where I had to live EXTREMELY quiet. Watching MDJ became a wonderful release.
3. When Mort did his infamous tour in 88(?), I had amassed a small gang of converts to go see his show. I remember the day fondly. We all piled into the minivan and drove an hour listening to late 80's music. A few of us even BOUGHT and wore red socks that day just for the occassion! Anyway... this is THE BEST BIT I CAN CONTRIBUTE HERE.....
My one pal in our group admittedly had not really caught the show. He was along with us all to check out the whole scene really. Anyway, he was 18 and a regular smoker. When we got to the theater he was not allowed to smoke. BUT THEN MORT came out... and for the next 2 hours he SMOKED UP ON STAGE!!! So when Mort asked for the audience to come up to the Loudmouths, my normally quiet but cool friend went up!! He had no question for the 'guests' but simply told Mort that he was told he had to put out his 'smoke' yet Mort was smoking on stage! He and Mort both agreed the rules were idiotic and so... Mort invited my friend up on stage to ENJOY A SMOKE!! He stood at the edge of the stage blowing smoke rings while Mort continued on with the show!!!!!!!! No kidding! If I had not been the guy who invited him, I would have thought that was a setup because it was just so cool, so appropriate,... and so Mort!
Thanks for all the truly special memories.
P. Tamburri, MD
|Comments:||Mort was the only conservative on TV or radio back when I was in college in the late 1980s. Had a Hell of a show. Still miss Mort.|
|Comments:||Mort was indeed the best!|
|Comments:||When I was 16 years old and my friends were watching 1980's sitcoms I was at home watching The Morton Downey Jr. Show with my father. We had the honor to see his show in person when it came to Atlanta. To this day I am a political junkie, avid news viewer, reader, and history teacher. My father and I still discuss politics on a daily basis. Mort introduced me to that world, he made me care about politics and current events. I really appreciate this site dedicated to him. It has brought back timeless memories. To this day I still refer to liberals as "pabulum pukers"|
|Comments:||Whenever I see Gloria Allred on TV (like right now on Hannity and Colmes) I can't help but think of Mort.
He put her in her place in a way that no one could...
The subject was about women wanting to go into men's steam rooms where the men were undressed. Allred was defending the idea that the women should be able to go in - and that the men should have to wear clothes.
Mort pointed out that the proper attire was the birthday suit - whereby Allred said that she wouldn't want to see Mort in his birthday suit.
"That's the problem with you women. You can't stand to see the body that satisfies you!"
I laughed all the way to the floor on that one...
Yeah, I miss Mort, too.
|Comments:||Mort was, indeed, one of a kind!
In 1985, it was my pleasure to do a little radio with Mort in Cleveland and he reciprocated by appearing on a show I did here in Georgia.
The last time I saw Mort in the flesh was when I was invited to do his December 20, 1988 TV show from WWOR in Secaucus.
Beyond all the bravado and bluster was a very good and decent man.
And in an age of rampant DIShonesty -- especially in the media -- this was a thoroughly HONEST man.
Miss ya Mort! R.I.P. brother.
Saw him in the flesh
|Comments:||Oh yeah. One of my first experiences with real tv as a kid.
Mort taught me how to stand up for what I believe in.
|Comments:||Well Mort has always ended his shows with the famous one-liner "KICK A**"
Since he has went onward I guess it's time we all pick the boots up and do what he always said,
Miss ya Mort!
|Comments:||There Is Not A Day That Goes By That I Don't Think Of Or Miss My Father. In Fact It Seems I Miss Him More & More Each Day. I Would Give Anything To Be Able To Spend 1 More Day With Him Or Talk 1 More Time! Daddy I Love&miss U,u Were 1of A Kind|
|Comments:||Welcome to Mort's Loudmouth. This is where you can share your memories and thoughts about Mort. You can also sound off about what's happening in our world today, just like you could at the Loudmouth on Mort's show!|
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