I promise to keep this shorter, but there's one more development that made the Besser shorts unpopular in my neighborhood: by, let's say, 1960, the kids knew that Curly and Shemp were both dead, and commercials were running during the stooge programs for their new movies, Have Rocket, Snow White, Stop Look and Laugh, and maybe by that point even Hercules. My little friends and I were borderline too young to go to the movies as yet, but we knew from the ads that the new guy was Curly-Joe. We were O K with that, we had it locked in, and the ads looked like fun, couldn't wait to go to the movies someday to see their latest. Suddenly out of nowhere a whole new guy shows up, the shorts have a whole new look, they're talking about Elvis, and for a thousand reasons, the new shorts are not only not funny, they're almost alien, and I don't mean Space Ship alien, I mean What Have You Done To The Three Stooges alien. Was Curly Joe in the movies and this Joe on T V, or what? They're platooning? What? And of course there was no information as such then, there were the shorts, the movies, and the ads for the movies, period, that was it, and as little info as was available, there was none at all about Besser's tenure, he was years gone by then. This is unthinkable in the internet age, as it is now to me looking back, but there it is. It took literally years to figure out what happened, and in the meanwhile, Besser was some interloping bum. Come to think of it, it wasn't until Besser got a part in Joey Bishop's sitcom that we began to piece together who the hell he even was. So much for my promise to keep this shorter. Hope I added to the general store of information.