'Welcome Back, Kotter' premiered 40 years ago today
In 1974, a 29-year-old stand-up from Brooklyn released a comedy album based on his high school memories, called Holes and Mello-Rolls. Gabe Kaplan attended New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst. The school was formerly known as New Utrecht Training School, but was changed due to its acronym being N.U.T.S. and its students being adolescents. No wonder Kaplan had a sense of humor. A common insult amongst his friends was "Up your hole with a Mello-Roll!" — a Mello-Roll being an ice cream cone shaped like something you'd use to paint a house.