Patty Duke Fans Fill Pie-holes With Hot Dogs at Jumpin’ Jacks Opening

By Fenwick Jolsen

Published April 4th, 2016

SCOTIA — The eagerly awaited annual opening of the popular riverside hotdog stand Jumpin’ Jacks was overrun Thursday by Patty Duke fans, who turned out en masse to chow down wieners in memory of the late Hollywood icon.

“This was the least we could do to honor Patty,” said Ellen Keller, sporting a Valley of the Dolls T-shirt and speaking in a British accent despite being from Schenectady.

Duke, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the Miracle Worker, became an American pop-culture staple with her early 1960s television sitcom The Patty Duke Show in which she portrayed identical twin cousins — one from Brooklyn Heights and the other from England.

The program also featured what many television historians and critics consider to be one of TV’s most famous theme songs, with lyrics that included the memorable line: “Patty loves to rock and roll/ A hot dog makes her lose control…”

“When I heard of Patty’s death last Tuesday, I simply lost it,” said Gomez Adams of Amsterdam. “But she’s in peace now, and so, today, I raise my wiener in her memory.”

Though Duke faded somewhat from the limelight later in life, she remained well-known for her advocacy work in raising mental health awareness and being the mother of Hobbit-like actor Sean Astin, who gained fame for his roles in The Goonies, Rudy, the Lord of the Rings and his most acclaimed performance as a latent homosexual wannabe-bodybuilder in the Adam Sandler masterpiece, 50 First Dates.

“I absolutely loved and adored Patty,” said Cathy Lane of Duanesburg, as she held her husband’s wiener tightly in her hand as he reached for a pile of napkins. “I loved her all the way from Zanzibar to Barclay Square.”

Whether you remember it fondly — or you are too young to remember it at all —the catchy Patty Duke Show theme can be heard by clicking here:


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