Good Times

Not many people know that Jimmie "J.J." Walker experimented with a few different catchphrases before settling on the now-infamous "Dyn-O-Mite!" For a while he tried saying "TNT!" Then he tinkered with "Bombs Away!" which was soon onomatopoeically changed to "Ka-Blam-O!" This was followed by the inexplicable choice of "Ouch! That sure does hurt my balls." He finally decided to go with "Outta Sight!" but studio exec Ari Rosenwitz thought this wasn't "urban" enough and suggested that Walker use the similarly inflected "Dyn-O-Mite!" Incidentally, Good Times' producers also used the "not urban enough" excuse to explain why Esther Rolles would be replacing Bea Arthur for the part of J.J.'s mom, Florida Evans. This weekend, Jimmie Walker performs at Hyena's Arlington, 2525 E. Arkansas Lane. Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. Call 817-226-5233 or visit
Fri., Aug. 25; Sat., Aug. 26
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Noah W. Bailey
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