Put Pete Parisi on the St. Louis Walk of Fame
- the fans of Pete Parisi and World Wide Magazine
- United States of America
Peter E. Parisi may have been born in New Jersey 60 years ago, but to his faithful followers, he is a St. Louisan, and his World Wide Magazine program defines the St. Louis experience.
Parisi came to St. Louis in 1971 as a Program Director at KADI-FM. Eventually, he lost his radio job and became a taxi driver, which helped foster his creative spirit that eventually went into his World Wide Magazine pilot of sorts, "Everyday I Use Up a Year's Worth of Luck" in 1985.
The St. Louis area got to know PEP, as he was affectionately known, through World Wide Magazine, his Public Access TV program, which hit the air in 1986 on Double Helix, the local public access station. He exposed the underbelly of St. Louis through his odd cast of characters including The Mad Russian, Big Mike, Hung Wei Lo, The Hoosiermooners, The Feeney Brothers, Vince and Marty, Watt Davis, Miss Cathy, and countless others.
The interesting thing is that during his 15 years on the air, his editing skills, use of music, and sense of humor kept folks watching. It remains a fine time capsule of that period and an educational tool of sorts to teach people about the area.
His national impact may be small, but what he did was ahead of the curve. You see his humor and technique in the work of Tom Green, Jackass, Michael Moore and even underground film director George Kuchar. The Mad Russian even made his way onto the Howard Stern show several times, which may be attributed to honing his craft with Parisi.
Henceforth, we the undersigned, request that the St. Louis Walk of Fame Nominations Committee expedite the process to give Pete Parisi his own star for bringing together a community of hoosiers every Friday night for 15 years. As the World Wide Magazine slogan said, "50,000 hoosiers can't be wrong", but we shouldn't need that many to convince you.
This petition will be mailed in snail format to the Nominations Committee of the St. Louis Walk of Fame once a suitable number of signatures have been reached or on December 4, 2007, which would have been Pete's 60th birthday.
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The Put Pete Parisi on the St. Louis Walk of Fame petition to the fans of Pete Parisi and World Wide Magazine was written by Jim Varagona and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition.