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Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete First Season

Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete First Season

Mr. Kotter, meet the Sweathogs, the goofiest group of remedial students who ever set off the fire alarm two minutes before a test or spent algebra class constructing spit wads. Sweathogs, meet Mr. Kotter, a former Sweathog who’s returned to his old h

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Celebrity Poker Player: Gabe Kaplan

You may remember Gabe Kaplan from his famous 1970′s TV show, “Welcome Back, Kotter.” However, what you may not know about Gabe is that he’s a world-class poker player. Yep! From kotter to poker!

What people may not know is how varied a life Gabe Kaplan has had. Gabe Kaplan is the Jack London Of The Poker World; his career has spanned numerous fields of shot.

Don’t underestimate Gabe Kaplan’s poker skills, he hasn’t been as active in the profession in recent years, . At one time in the 80′s, Kaplan heaped up an awesome list of poker accomplishments. And he seems to be making a comeback.

Gabe Kaplan is such an accomplished poker player that most no longer regard him as a “celebrity” poker player. Kaplan’s first World Series of Poker appearance came in 1978.

In 2004, he finished third at the World Poker Tour’s No Limit Hold’em event, winning more than 0,000 in the process. He has also taken second place in the World Series of Poker Limit Hold’em event. His career tournament poker earnings exceed 0,000. He also serves as an expert poker commentator, having appeared on such shows as the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Intercontinental Poker Championship, and High Stakes Poker.

Between 1975-1979, while Gabe Kaplan was working on his hit TV series, he was also working in another venue – the poker room. Gabe first played in the World Series of Poker way back in 1978, long before it became nationally popular. In the years since, Kaplan has been an integral part of the poker world, commentating for the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, High Stakes Poker, and the Intercontinental Poker Championship.

While he was actively involved in his acting career, Kaplan also became involved in financial markets and poker. He made his first appearance at the World Series of Poker in 1978. Soon, he got addicted to poker tournaments and started appearing in them regularly and became known for his poker skills in the professional circles in the country.

His biggest win came in July 2004, when he finished 3rd place in a World Poker Tour no limit Texas hold ‘em event, earning more than 0,000. Kaplan also finished 2nd place in the 00 2005 World Series of Poker Limit Hold ‘em event, winning 2,515.

In 2007, Kaplan won on NBC’s Poker After Dark in the episode “Queens and Kings” after defeating Kristy Gazes heads-up and outlasting fellow professional poker players Howard Lederer, Vanessa Rousso and Annie Duke.

In the 2007 World Series of Poker Kaplan finished in 9th place in the ,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E event winning 1,424, the event was eventually won by Freddy Deeb after defeating Bruno Fitoussi in heads-up play.

Nowadays Gabe can be seen, and heard, commentating on poker for ESPN, the Game Show Network and NBC. He still does stand-up as well as public speaking engagements in the financial sector.

As of 2007, his total live tournament winnings exceed ,100,000 and one thing is for sure, though; we’ll see Gabe Kaplan at many more major poker tournaments in the years to come.

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  1. James Ferguson says:
    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Welcome back, To that same old place that you laughed about., May 2, 2007
    James Ferguson (Vilnius, Lithuania) –
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    This review is from: Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete First Season (DVD)

    It has been years since I last saw “Welcome Back, Kotter.” It is a real treat to see it coming out on DVD. No one could have imagined the break out star John Travolta would become, trading in his tight t-shirt for a white leisure suit, as Gabe Kaplan fights to hold his own against an unruly class of “Sweathogs,” who fall below the curve of Buchanan High School. This was the first high school comedy to capture a gritty urban feel. Room 222 had its moments but was sticky sweet by comparison. Gabe Kaplan drew on his life experiences, which had been the fodder of his stand-up routines, to capture a lively classroom of remedial kids led by Vinnie Barbarino. They manage to stay one step ahead of Vice Principal Woodman (John Sylvester White), but Kotter knows the tricks all too well, having been a sweathog himself in his youth. Robert Hegyes, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (who enjoyed a brief celebrity of his own) and Ron Palillo round out the motley crew, representative of the racial diversity of the school. Marcia Strassman is wonderful as Kotter’s wife, Julie, who has to listen to his daily accounts each evening, reminiscent of the bed conversations between Bob and Emily Newhart. The show had a good run of 4 seasons, which is appropriate given that it was a high school comedy. And, don’t forget the wonderful theme song by John Sebastian.

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  2. Bennet Pomerantz "Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD" says:
    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    UP your Nose with laughter, June 18, 2007
    Bennet Pomerantz “Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD” (Seabrook, Maryland) –
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    This review is from: Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete First Season (DVD)

    If you want to laugh and keep laughing, this is the DVD box set for you

    Welcome Back Kotter was a cross between the Blackboard Jungle mixed with the Marx Brothers and Burns & Allen. The jokes were recycled Marx Brother msterial, but Gabe Kaplan (who created this show with Alan Sacks, based this on his stand up act) and crew made this stuff work.

    And by crew, I mean actors John Travolta (pre Saturday Night Fever/Grease), Robert Hegyes, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs and Ron Palillo (as his students-the Sweathogs), Marcia Strassman (as Julie Kotter) and John Slyvester White (as Mr. Woodman). These actors keep this pace fun and well timed

    A friend remarked I have not laughed that hard in years..and so will you. This perfect Family fare for all ages. It may be from 1975, but you could run it today and everyone would still enjoy it, GREAT STUFF

    Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD

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  3. calvinnme says:
    44 of 56 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The urban version of “That 70′s Show” comes to DVD, February 23, 2007

    This review is from: Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete First Season (DVD)

    Let’s face it, “Welcome Back Kotter” was the REAL “That 70′s Show” – the inner city urban version. You may not remember, but originally the pilot is shown as the third episode of the season, so hopefully that confusing situation will be remedied on the DVD. I can’t remember the last time I even saw this show in syndication on channels such as Nick at Nite that specialize in dusting off old sitcoms unseen for years. The comic premise of the show is that Gabe Kotter, newly graduated from college and certified to teach, has returned to teach the same remedial class of high school misfits of which he was a member ten years earlier. Vice Principal Woodman, who was the object of Gabe’s torments and jokes ten years earlier, is still employed at the high school and gives Gabe this job as the ultimate irony and revenge for what Gabe had put him through. Of course, this show is sugar-coated compared to the real problems and issues of a New York City public school in a poor neighborhood, but it had to be since this was a sitcom, not a drama. The show had a great cast playing great characters – there was Horshack, the class nerd with the nasal laugh; Barbarino, the cool maverick who was a little slow on the uptake; Epstein with the mixed Latino/Jewish heritage and the great excused absence notes signed by “Epstein’s mother”, and last but not least, Washington. There was a great common enemy in Mr. Woodman, who you couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for. Finally, the show had a great location in Brooklyn and a memorable theme song by John Sebastian that you are much more likely to hear today than see the show from whence it came. For three wonderful seasons from 1975 to 1978 it was a comedy classic. But, alas, all things must come to an end.

    After John Travolta starred in the back-to-back hits of “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease”, he would hardly return anyone’s phone calls, much less show up for work on a regular basis. Thus the fourth season not only jumped the shark, it pretty much made it over the Gulf of Mexico. What was really going on behind the scenes in 1978, if I remember correctly, was a bruising battle of the egos catalyzed by Travolta’s new-found superstar status. To compensate for all the turmoil and in-fighting among the cast, Kotter is made vice-principal to explain all of Gabe Kaplan’s absences, then the show added Stephen Shortridge as an entirely inadequate placeholder for Travolta. The final straw was when the show seemed to be endorsing the marriage of two high-schoolers – Horshack and Mary – and then Horshack began drinking heavily afterwards.

    The irony is that the stardom status for everyone involved instantaneously evaporated after the show that their egos destroyed was cancelled in 1979. The only one to ever recover their stardom was Travolta, and then it took ten years before he could even land a job playing straight man to a talking baby (“Look Who’s Talking”). I hate to sound bitter, but it’s hard not to be considering what a great show it was during the first three seasons of its all too-brief four season run.

    Of course, the issue of the RIAA and copyrighted music comes up once again. Shall we hear the classic “Welcome Back” theme song in the opening of each episode, or shall tinny sounding synthesizer music replace it? I hope they don’t ruin this DVD like they did with the Bonanza set I bought in which every trace of David Rose’s original theme and background music had been erased from the DVD. There’s nothing quite like the sight of Little Joe riding into the sunset to the Sound of Muzak, and I can’t imagine Welcome Back Kotter without John Sebastian’s award winning song opening and closing each episode.

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  4. jesuisdavid1 says:

    @cscobirds2 thanks for the history lesson….:)

  5. janalyn629 says:

    this song used to make me cry inside

  6. orangie84 says:

    I think there is still a portion of what once was the LL left over.. If I am right its on the J / M line at the myrtle ave stop.. If you look up you can see what looks like the remains of a curved platform and an area for tracks..
    But thats it..
    Didn’t that LL line run through there and make a huge turn or something of that nature at that point?
    Or is this something from something else..
    I know there was a train that went through there that got eliminated. I just don’t remember which one.

  7. azzorroww says:

    @Romelus69 i’m with yeah, back then we did’nt pay for cable and the shows were better today we have reality show cable pay for it and its crap

  8. StandingLast1 says:

    Thumbs up for ALAN SACKS

  9. StandingLast1 says:

    Thumbs up for ALAN SACKS

  10. goddessesoflove1 says:

    @Jam5bam ..John Sebastian

  11. goddessesoflove1 says:

    @apologeticsman ..Loved this show when we were seven! Also, we miss Fat Albert. You are not alone. From the music, films and television shows of the 70′s, (Remember other shows like Hawaii five O?, well, you should read their blogs!), bloggers around the world are angry that today’s music, art and creativity is like an insult to those that grew up during a time when we appreciated the rawness of music & other creativities without 2 much tchnology We were just children but we knew “good” art.

  12. Jam5bam says:

    who sings this?

  13. apologeticsman says:

    I loved this show when I was like 6, but now, it depresses me for some reason. Same thing with Fat Albert, and Adam 12..

  14. goddessesoflove1 says:

    @nintendo64ization2’re right about Welcome Back Cotter…these shows are like national treasures, unlike what can only be compared to the rubbish many of us are subjected to on television…

  15. tjtommys says:

    I saw this show on Australian TV for the first time today it is absolutely hilarious. I swear the actor playing Kotter is out of his mind on drugs, he just kinda stumbles around the set doing weird actions and fumbling his lines but it makes the show so funny!

  16. joeboomer69 says:

    @cscobirds2 I’m almost positive that the elevated train in the opening sequence is (or was) the “B” line in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn along New Utrecht Ave. I delivered UPS to New Utrecht H.S. (the school seen from the train platform). A few stops down, was where they filmed the climactic scene in “The French Connection”, and Saturday Night Fever was also filmed nearby.

  17. AdamCartwrightILoveU says:

    TVLAND was great when it first came out, all these great old shows plus vintage commercials, but now they keep adding brand new TV shows to their line up and soon what is left for great classic shows will be gone, and I think that’s a shame.I hate the crap they have on regular TV . thank god for youtube

  18. Romelus69 says:

    Damn…this was about 75 or 76….I remember this and Chico and The Man used to cpme on…and Good Times…you know we didn`t have cable so…maybe 3 or 4 real TV channels…lol

  19. SuperSaad64 says:

    @agentk1986 thats good to know thanks

  20. agentk1986 says:

    @SuperSaad64: I don’t know if it depends on what part of the country you live but out here on the west coast Sanford and Son and a bunch of other classic shows are on all the time on TV Land, assuming you have cable.

  21. BODaciousVideoClips says:

    I think I remember this, lol.

    The Wizard of BODacious

  22. SuperSaad64 says:

    they have to put this show and sanford and son more on tv

  23. HylianSpirit says:

    Nick at Nite needs to come back, and air the greats again. I Love Lucy, Welcome Back Carter, Taxi, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, etc.

    It’s a shame what they did to that network…

  24. Bexly says:

    you youngtsa’s today have shitty TV… i grw up with the best, ya’ll better get up on some juan epstien the puerto rican jew and freddy boom boom!

  25. ElBote54 says:

    Love that song!

  26. 718mack says:

    Simple television shows was the best.

  27. GavinciCode20 says:

    I was a littel bitty kid but I loved this theme song…

  28. bklyncrook says:

    @cscobirds2 Yeah, that’s Brooklyn, and the location with the elevated train track is currently the D train to Coney Island, I believe when this was shot, it was the B line. I know this, because, it’s my hood, Bensonhurst and the school with the football field is New Ultrecth High School in the 79th Street stop. Also, the street shots with the local stores are on 86 Street where they shot French Connection (car chase) and Saturday Night Fever (Tony strutting down with his paint bucket).

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