Nostalgia Corner - Hot Beef Injection

  • Season 1 , Ep 9
  • 07/27/2011
  • Views: 42,602

Jon explores the rocky history of the man who coined the phrase "hot beef injection." (2:04)

- IN 1973,46-YEAR-OLD LARRY HEARST,

A CITY ENGINEER LIVING INCRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND

HAD A DREAMOF BECOMING FAMOUS.

AT A COOKOUT,

HE TURNED TO HIS NEIGHBORGERALD DEGRAS,

AND PURPORTEDLY SAID,

- HEY...

WHEN'S THE LAST TIMEYOU GAVE YOUR WIFE

THE OLD HOT DOGIN THE [bleep].

- LARRY DIDN'TKNOW IT THEN,

BUT HE HAD BEGUNHIS JOURNEY TOWARDS COINING

ONE OF THE MOSTPOPULAR PHRASES EVER

IN AMERICA'S HISTORY.

BUT LARRY HEARSTKNEW HE WAS ON TO SOMETHING

AND TRIED AGAINJUST ONE WEEK LATER.

HE HAD HEARD A FRIEND OF HISWAS DATING A WOMAN

WHO WORKED WITH THEMAND SAID,

- I HEARD YOU'RESLIPPIN' SALLY ANDREWS

THE OL' HOT DOG INJECTION.

- HIS FRIEND WAS CONFUSEDAND VAGUELY OFFENDED,

AND LARRYWAS DISHEARTENED.

TWO NIGHTS LATERON THE VERGE OF GIVING UP,

LARRY DECIDEDTO MAKE ONE FINAL ATTEMPT

AT HIS PHRASE.

WHILE BOWLING, LARRY TURNEDTO HIS FRIEND FRANK WILLIAMS,

GESTURING TOWARDTHE WOMAN WHO WORKED

AT THE COUNTER AND SAID,

- HOW ABOUT HER?

I BET YOU WOULDN'T MINDGIVING HER A HOT BEEF INJECTION.

[dramatic music]

- [laughs]

[laughter]

[triumphant music]

- [slowed laughter]

- [slowed]HOT BEEF INJECTION.

- I REMEMBER HIMCOMING HOME THAT NIGHT

AND BEING REALLY HAPPY,

LIKE SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED.

DAD SAID IT FORTHE FIRST TIME TO SOMEONE,

AND MADE THEM LAUGH.

- MM.

- FROM THERE,THINGS GOT PRETTY CRAZY.

[upbeat music]

- THINGS DIDGET PRETTY CRAZY

AS THE PHRASE"HOT BEEF INJECTION"

SPREAD LIKE A FIRESTORM.

BECOMING MUCH BIGGER THANIN LARRY'S WILDEST FANTASIES.

- IT DIDN'TCHANGE OUR LIVES MUCH,

BUT IT DEFINITELYAFFECTED MY DAD.

HE WAS SAYING IT A LOTAND AT THAT TIME

HE WAS DRINKINGA LOT AS WELL.

SO WHEN HE DRANKHE SAID IT EVEN MORE.

- DID HE EVERSAY IT TO YOU?

- OH, GOD, NO.

HE NEVER SAID IT TO ME,I WAS TOO YOUNG.

- WHAT WAS ITTHAT HE SAID?

- "HOT BEEF INJECTION."

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