Nickname of Coach Wood Newton (Burt Reynolds) on the sitcom EVENING SHADE/CBS/1990-94. He earned the nickname “Clutch” when he played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When Coach Newton played football at Evening Shade High School, he was called “Thumper.”

Note: Another “Clutch” character on TV was “Clutch Cargo” (voiced by Richard Cotting), a rugged, muscular writer with white hair who flew a plane around the world on dangerous assignments on the five-minute serialized animated adventure CLUTCH CARGO/SYN/1959-1960.

His sidekicks included, a young boy named Spinner (voiced by Margaret Kerry), the boy’s pet Dachsund, Paddlefoot, and Swampy (voiced by Hal Smith), Clutch’s crusty friend who wore a pith helmet.

The program featured a unique form of animation that used actual footage of moving human lips superimposed over the face of the cartoon characters to simulate speaking.



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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