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Local legend Monty Dupuy visits Furman

By Tenell Felder
On November 20, 2009

Monty Dupuy has been described by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association as helping to shape South Carolina's broadcast industry and pioneering children's television programming. After meeting Dupuy again after nearly fifty years from being on his show "Monty's Rascals" - a popular children's television show in the '50s and '60s - Furman's Nancy Cooper describes Dupuy as being quite personable and friendly.

"As a child, Monty gave you that feeling that the minute you met him, you were the most important person in his life. Even in our golden years he still did that," said Cooper.
After being asked to be a guest by Furman radio host Bud Lehns, Dupuy appeared on Lehns radio show on WPLS.

"I felt like he would be a great person to come on my show," said Lehn

For one hour, Dupuy engaged the listening audience with his experiences from a broadcast career of nearly forty years.

"When he first sat down at my show, Mr. Dupuy said that he was a 'has been,' but that it was better to be a 'has been' than a 'never was,'" Lehn said recalling the interview.

"To me, he's an 'always will be.' He's a broadcast legend," said Lehn.

During the interview, Lehn arranged for a surprise visit from Furman employees Andy Bagwell, Lucy Dean and Nancy Cooper.
Bagwell, Dean and Cooper appeared on the show "Monty's Rascals" as children.

"I explained to Monty that some of his rascals had grown up to be Furman rascals," said Lehn jokingly.

Dupuy recalls that "Monty's Rascals" was unique from the other children's programming of its day because children participated in the show.

"We had about fifty children a day, six days of the week," said Dupuy.

And, according to Nancy Cooper, this was a show not to be missed.

"Back in the 'Monty's Rascals' days I was probably nine or ten years old. And you made sure that you didn't miss 'Monty's Little Rascals' on Saturday morning. If you weren't on the show your friend might be," said Cooper.

Cooper recalled how being on the show was considered a privilege and to a child, it seemed like an incredible experience.

"You felt like a movie star. I wore a white, gold and purple plaid dress to 'Monty's Rascals.' I remember that I had to have the perfect dress because I was going to be on the show," said Cooper.

On seeing Dupuy again during Lehns radio show, Cooper felt like she was transported back in time.

"It was so magical, immediately I was right back in the third grade,"

Years after the show aired and after his broadcasting career, Dupuy still is involved with some radio broadcasting and voice-overs.

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