'Ugly George'

Before "user generated content" was known as user generated content, there was "Ugly George."

Ugly George (real name George Urban), as cable vets might recall, was a public access cult figure (and purveyor of soft-core porn) in the late 70s and early 80s. He would tote his hefty camera around New York City on his back and somehow coax and convince area women to conduct interviews in various states of undress.

George, whose "trademark" line with subjects was, "Let's flex into a dimly lit hallway," even scored interviews with John Lennon and Michael Jackson before disappearing from the cable waves for good in 1991, according to The New York Times, which reported on his "comeback" a couple of years ago.

Well, Ugly George, who proudly proclaims that the local Manhattan cable operator kicked him off the coax five times during his heyday, has since taken his act to the Internet… and even showed up last week at our Light Reading Live event to see how cable operators are delivering service bundles to businesses of all sizes. (See Cable Means Business and Slideshow: The Future of Cable Business Services .)

U.G., still a friendly sort, was regaling anyone who would listen about his latest exploits. Whenever anyone asks him where he is these days, he responds, "All over the world," citing his Web presence.

There are more than a few good reasons why we won't link you directly to him, but if you really have a desire to know more about him and his antics we'll assume you know how to operate a search engine. But please take heed of the following disclaimers/warnings:

  • The views of Ugly George do not reflect the views of Light Reading.
  • Don't proceed if you are easily offended.
  • If you do proceed, please ensure there are no children within a five-mile radius.
  • Again, don't say we didn't warn you.

— Handsome Jeff, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

uglygeorge 12/5/2012 | 5:08:25 PM
re: 'Ugly George'

Since Ugly George graciously attended this hi-brow conference, my web-links have sextupled to 110,000,000. [ search 2 words only]. Meanwhile some *distinguished* biz-attendees who sneered at said UG as a 'porno king' have crashed & burned. Why? Simple: no-one ever went to their boring biz-sites. The pic is from a blog on nydailynews.com and many millions have seen it: now NYS Atty-Gen. candidate Andy Cuomo is actually Governor! Is there a Cause And Effect here? Note the first blog is about film-making & biz-plans; unfortunately UG keeps running into now-bankrupt investors who lost all their capital investing in "good" films, "good" scripts, "good" biz-plans-and lost it all...But UG is now being accepted by 221 theaters in the NY Metro Area alone for my first film, a few more bux more and it is done...and it will be an 'evergreen'!

uglygeorge 12/5/2012 | 2:57:20 PM
re: 'Ugly George' Ever the muckraker, Handsome Jeff Bauminator should do an expose of how incredibly EZ it is to raise money from VC's by writing Fiction known as a "Business Plan" & letting them fund it. UG is just returning from "Future Of Web Video" conference where 4 very successful fiction-writers got MILLION$ from VCs but now find they can't get any eyeballs for their boring biz-oriented videos. All 4 have (quietly) asked UG about licensing clips from the most-watched NYC cable show in history "The Ugly George Hour Of Truth,Sex & Violence" to get viewers & justify their 'burning thru' the start-up capital they got.The White Knight Rescues Boredom!
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