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Ernie Kovacs"It's Been Real" - Secret password of the EEFMS (Early Eyeball Fraternal Marching Society), a fan club inspired by the antics of comedian Ernie Kovacs when he starred on 3 TO GET READY comedy morning show on WPTZ in Philadelphia in the early 1950s.

Original members of the EEFMS club included Trigger Lund, Gertrude the doll, Ernie Kovacs, Andy McKay, Sandy Stewart and Bernie Leighton. In an 1953 publicity photograph, all of these members were seen placing the tip of their left index finger over their left eyelid.

The group's membership card displayed a logo of a half-closed eye, the words EEFMS WPTZ CHANNEL 3 and a secret pass-phrase "It's been real." The reverse side of the card listed the following eligibility rules:

1. An EEFM is:


male or a female;


or interested in either political party;
2. An EEFM never sleeps later than 8:03 .


Unless he or she is deathly ill,


Unless he or she is, that is;


Unless the EEFM is sleepy;
3. An EEFM makes less that $987,648,001.23 per annum. (Slightly higher in the South and South West);
4. An EEFM may not raise ostriches or parsley without written permission of EEFM-1.

TRIVIA NOTE: The club's password "It's been real" was a phrase that was popular after World War II. At the end of each show, this phrase would pop up in some strange place, such as beneath a broom, under a banana peel or on top of a bald man's head.

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