One of television’s first connivers was George “Kingfish” Stevens (Tim Moore) from the all-black sitcom AMOS ‘N ANDY/CBS/1951-53.


His nickname “Kingfish” was derived from his title as the head of the local fraternal organization “The Mystic Knights of the Sea” located in Harlem, New York City.

Picking the pockets of his fellow lodge members through schemes and trickery was his favorite past time, especially the most gullible of his fraternal brothers, Andrew “Andy” Brown (Spencer Williams).

When his swindles backfired, George said “Holy Mackerel, Andy! We’s got to stick together…remember we is brothers in the great fraternity, the Mystic Knights of the Sea.”

The janitor at the Mystic Knights of the Sea was called “Lightnin'” because he moved slowly as he mopped the floors and did his other duties at the lodge.

Note: Freeman Gosden (a white actor) had supplied the voice for Lightnin’ on radio.  Horace Stewart, aka “Nick O’Demus” played the role of Lightnin’ when the TV program.

Kingfish was also the nickname of the American politician Huey Pierce Long, the governor of Louisiana from 1928-31. He was elected to the US Senate in 1930 but later assassinated by Dr. Carl A. Weiss in September, 1935.


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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