• Dear Lee Doyle,

    I believe you met Paul, what is what you remember the most from him? Any particular story you recall?
    I was not lucky to meet him but I must say his features do show a very gentle character!

    • When CATV fell under Paul he was an inspiration and mentor. May he RIP
      • Note from Mike Nicolay: I was also one of the lifeguard for the 8th Army Officer’s Club and EM Pools – and at the Cheongpyeong Lake during the summers.
        • Comedy legend brings laughter to Yongsan troops
          By Mrs. Nikki Maxwell (IMCOM)February 2, 2014
          YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea — Legendary comedian George Wallace brought his sharp wit and patriotic spirit to the Yongsan community for a performance at the R & R Bar and Grill, 25 Jan.

          This is Wallace’s first year teaming up with Armed Forces Entertainment. He put his Las Vegas show on hold while he travels around the world delivering laughter to deployed U.S. troops with fellow comedian Don Barnhart.

          “Everybody needs to laugh,” Wallace said. I appreciate the opportunity to entertain the troops and give back to show them we are grateful for their sacrifices for us.”

          While many comedians rely on vulgar language for their jokes and punch lines, Wallace has a different, more tasteful approach.

          “My show is usually PG, and never more than PG13 depending on my audience, so there is something for everybody,” Wallace said. “Bad words are like jalapeno peppers. You may be able to handle one or two, but nobody wants to drink a jalapeno milkshake!”

          That positive attitude and work ethic is one of the things that drew the admiration of Barnhart years ago in the early days of his own career.

          “He (Wallace) was always encouraging me, and he inspired me to do this as a career,” Barnhart said. “I actually wanted to join the military but when I stopped by the recruiter’s office one day it was closed, and as fate would have it I got a job in a comedy club that night. So here I am.”

          Barnhart explained that Armed Forces Entertainment approached him about producing a comedy show for the road to tour at military bases around the world.

          “I immediately thought of George, and how great it would be to team up with him for this project,” Barnhart said. “And he didn’t let me down. He even cancelled his Las Vegas show to be here for this!”

          Wallace says no matter a person’s race, background, civilian or military, they all have one thing in common.

          “I love my diverse crowd, and the common denominator is laughter,” Wallace said. “We all have relationships and life troubles, but my goal is to help you forget about your problems when you are at my show.”

          “It’s a gift to be able to make people laugh,” Wallace says with a grin. “Not everyone can do it, but I have been doing it for a long time, and I am not stopping any time soon.”

          Wallace’s 38 year comedy career began on the same stage with Jerry Seinfeld, on the Tonight Show.

          “We made each other a promise that night, that whoever made the first million dollars would give half of it to the other guy…I am still waiting for my check but that’s OK, I can wait,” he laughed.

          Right before the show here, one of Wallace’s fans shook his hand and thanked him for bringing his comedy to the Yongsan community.

          “We really appreciate you being here to entertain our troops and civilians,” said Col. Michael E. Masley, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. “This means a lot to us and our families stationed here, away from home.”

          “Being here in Korea to entertain our troops is one of the greatest experiences of my career, and I will be back,” Wallace said. “The men and women in uniform do so much for our country. The least I can do is give’em a laugh.”

          The veteran funny man weaves everyday scenarios into his show, engaging the audience in a back and forth dialogue that quickly puts the whole room in a fit of laughter. Nearly two hours later, his humor is still working its magic as he asks the audience where they are from, discusses U.S. history and current events with a comedic twist.

          “I be thinkin,’ I can solve all of the world’s problems,” Wallace said. “Just make me president for a day and see what happens!”

          Wallace recently published a book called, ‘Laff it Off.’ His Las Vegas show at the Flamingo resort is still going strong after a decade. During his Yongsan performance he further demonstrated his appreciation for the troops by offering service members free tickets for his show.

          “I love to give back for what you do,” Wallace said. “Remember, laughter is free and it’s the best medicine. When you leave here tonight you’re going to feel better than when you leave the doctor’s office.”

          The standing room only audience at the R & R Bar and Grill got a heavy dose of laugh medicine during Wallace and Barnhart’s performance. And judging by the smiles as they stood in line for autographs with the two comedians, they will renew the prescription.

          Wallace’s list of movie and television acting, writing and producing credits include House of Payne, The Lady Killers, Scrubs, Mr. Deeds, The Parkers, Seinfeld, Sullivan & Son and dozens more.

        • 1960 Korea_Swimming Pool on US 8th Army South Post in Yongsan By Bill Smothers.
          Swimming pool at the Officer’s Club on the US 8th Army Compound, South Post, in Yongsan Garrison. White signs on fence read “no horseplay.”
          Girl in the tube/float is Bill’s sister, Karen Smothers.
          (currently this pool no longer exists it is the parking in front of Dragon Hill Lodge)
          • Note from Mike Nicolay: I was also one of the lifeguard for the 8th Army Officer’s Club and EM Pools – and at the Cheongpyeong Lake during the summers.

        • Note from George Gill: So I won three first place gold medals at the 1981 annual District Youth Association bowling tournament in Seoul but was convinced for years they’d miscalculated my handicap – I didn’t think I deserved them and even told the DYA officials to check.
          They claimed it was ok. I still don’t understand how to calculate bowling handicap. It makes NO sense. 😆
          I loved the Saturday morning DYA leagues. Scrawny and nonathletic, for me sometimes bowling league was the only thing I felt any good at – the only place where people were cheering me then. It was good for my teen self esteem, and I met some really nice teammates. 😊

          April 15, 1981 poor quality Polaroid of me at the Yongsan Main Post bowling alley. Near-16-year-old me practice bowling before the annual District Youth Association bowling tournament. 🎳

        • Note from Anne Mattielli: Wow. I know exactly what you mean!
          • Note from Kristin Ericson Secan: The Friendship arcade! I can still smell the lacquer.
            • Note from Kathy Fulmer Kilpatrick:
              I worked at the PX! In 65, not long cause I was too busy having fun. Was this it? I don’t remember…
              • Note from San Miguel:
                PX was only open on Fridays?
                What’s the friendship arcade? I was there in ’98, and the only thing nearby Moyer Rec/bus station and the library was a concessionaire mall called The Gallery. Full of itaewon-type vendors.
                • Note from Susan Levin: Yep, this was it when I was there 64-67. I believe it was closed on Monday’s so dorm kids would use the South Base PX to stock up on goodies for the week. Mostly soda!
                  • The PX by Peter T Yeschenko
                    The PX on main post during Christmas in the late 60’s! My mom use to work their as a cashier…. 🙂
                    Last time I went to that PX was in 1998….when I was stationed in Japan in the Navy….I flew to Korea on leave….the place sure did change…..
                    I don’t recall that the Friendship Arcade that was near the bus station and library was there anymore…. 🙁
                    • Note from Susan Levin: Yep, this was it when I was there 64-67. I believe it was closed on Monday’s so dorm kids would use the South Base PX to stock up on goodies for the week. Mostly soda!

                    • Note from San Miguel:
                      PX was only open on Fridays?
                      What’s the friendship arcade? I was there in ’98, and the only thing nearby Moyer Rec/bus station and the library was a concessionaire mall called The Gallery. Full of itaewon-type vendors.

                    • Note from Kathy Fulmer Kilpatrick:
                      I worked at the PX! In 65, not long cause I was too busy having fun. Was this it? I don’t remember…

                    • Note from Kristin Ericson Secan: The Friendship arcade! I can still smell the lacquer.

                    • Note from Anne Mattielli: Wow. I know exactly what you mean!

                  • “Steak and Lobster Night” and the semi-finals of “ROK” got talent
                    #AFN #DINNERANDASHOW
                    23rd June 2017
                  • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of Let's have fun at YongsanEvents at Yongsan 5 months, 2 weeks ago

                    Note from George Breen @239flathead:
                    In 1958, we attended a Model Airplane contest. If I remember correctly, the contest was sponsored by , the Special Services. It was close to a week long event, and Companies in the Seoul area competed against each other.
                    I am sending you pictures of an article written in the military news paper named, Stars and Stripes, back in 1958. I sent this home to my Mother in 1958.
                    I have a picture that shows more of the surroundings at the site where the contest was held. (Yongsan Garrison maybe?)
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