Irrepressible Ricky, The

Eric “Ricky” Nelson who played himself on the situation comedy THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET/ABC/1952-66 was referred to as “The Irrepressible Ricky” by the announcer during the opening credits of the show.


The term “Irrepressible Ricky” was used to describe his younger days when his character was filled with wisecracks and funny one liners like, “I don’t mess around, boy!” That catchphrase was coined by Don Nelson, Ozzie’s younger brother.

See also“The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – Intros” @ You Tube
and  “Crown Princes of Radio”


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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