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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Great Buckwheat Swindle?


Meet Tempe Arizona, grocery bagger Billie English! The man who to the day of his death claimed he played Buckwheat in the beloved Our Gang follies...

Now meet the real Buckwheat, one William Thomas Jr.! Besides being the real Buckwheat, William was a father, a Veteran of the US Army, a film lab technician at Technicolor & dabbled around as a citizen band "ham" radio operator.

                               L-R Joe Cobb, George "Spanky" McFarland, William "Buckwheat" Thomas

So it turned out that Billie English truly believed he was the real Buckwheat. Otherwise he probably would have gone under another name. So cut the guy some slack.
Billie English, ?-1994,  rest in peace
William "Buckwheat" Thomas, 1931-1980, rest in peace

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