Okay, I want full credit for this. I don't think Steven Slater was justified in his actions, but on a lighter note, he IS the direct descendant of Stephen Stucker's immortal Airplane! character Johnny Henshaw-Jacobs.
"It looks like a big Tylenol!"
I knew Stucker had died of AIDS, but my memory was that he'd had it for a long time. Apparently not—after becoming one of the first performers to come out as HIV-positive, he died in 1986. With thanks to Joe for the reminder, here are snippets from his legendary Donahue appearance with special guest star Donna Mills.