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R.A.L.P.H. - The Royal Association for the Longevity and Preservation of the Honeymooners, a national organization founded by avid fan, Peter Crescenti to celebrate the joys of the classic sitcom THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56.

The Honeymooners

The program starred Jackie Gleason as bus driver Ralph Kramden; Audrey Meadows as his long-suffering wife, Alice; Art Carney as Ralph's close friend and sewer-worker, Ed Norton; and Joyce Randolph as his wife, Trixie.

On March 10, 1984, R.A.L.P.H celebrated its first annual HONEYMOONERS convention at Long Island University showing rarely seen episodes of the series known as "the lost episodes" (brought to syndication in the fall of 1986) and displays of relics from the program such as Ralph Kramden's original bus drivers uniform (size 49 and 3/4 inches) given to the group by Jackie Gleason, and a dress and apron once belonging to Alice Kramden.

In 1986, their convention held on August 23rd at the Old Felt Forum in New York City (now called The Theater at Madison Square Garden) featured look-alike contests; workshops on how-to-improve impersonations of Ralph Kramden ("Pow, Right in the Kisser") and Ed Norton ("Hey, Ralphie Boy!"); and a "Baby, You're the Greatest" kissing contest.

Reportedly, Joyce Randolph (a.k.a. "Trixie") attended the events but surprisingly, Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Audrey Meadows never visited the conventions of this (now defunct) organization. RALPH disbanded in 1987 when Gleason died.

TRIVIA NOTE: Although R.A.L.P.H. is defunct, Peter Crescenti, the organization's founder (now the Director of Public Information and Marketing for the Automobile Club of New York) has taken his Gospel of THE HONEYMOONERS on the road. On November 9, 2002 he attended a Brotherhood of St. Andrew event and delivered a speech entitled: "Sharing Your Faith with Ralph, and Alice and Ed and Trixie" about how to live and act as a believer in Jesus Christ in the workplace as well as church and home.

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