The nickname of Uncle Tonoose (Hans Conried), the Lebanese relative (head of the family) of nightclub entertainer Danny Williams (Danny Thomas) on the sitcom MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY/CBS/1953-64. “Hashush-al-Kabaar” is Lebanese for “The Man Who Made a Monkey Out of a Camel.”

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Tonoose (who loved goat cheese and grape leaves) claimed his family descended from King Achmed the Unwashed.


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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