The nickname of Joseph “Joe” Tyson (Ken Page),  a blind, black computer whiz who provides information to Jon Sable, a children’s author and vigilante on the adventure series SABLE/ABC/1987-88.


When Sable needed information, he sent a cheesecake (strawberry) to Tyson in payment for his services. The inside flap of the cake box contained messages in Braille.

When “Cheesecake” is not working for Sable, he imagines himself to be a stand up comedian and provides his own portable recorded laugh track for such occasions.

  • On episode No.3 “Evangelist” Sable gives a child he found at the apartment of a murdered orphanage worker to Cheesecake to look after, while he discovers a baby selling scheme is going on at the orphanage.
  • On episode No. 6 “Watchdogs” A reunion between Sable and his critically ill stepmother is interrupted when Cheesecake needs his help against a racist neighborhood watch group.


Note: On the NBC sitcom THE GOLDEN GIRLS, four female senior citizens living in Miami, Florida always resorted to cheesecake when they were upset or had a problem. Check out this “Cheesecake” segment from the series.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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