May 29, 2008
I stand corrected. The televangelizing, ventriloquizing Captain Hook was not, as I implied, a Texan (though he did release an LP titled “Captain Hook A-live in Texas”). He was a Hoosier. A Hoosier biker who wiped out, lost a leg, and saw the light, which light illuminated a vision of himself as the piratical Christian captain of a piratical Christian puppet crew and host of a Christian television program for children.
The televangelical Captain Hook was no fey Cyril Ritchard pirate dandy nor ambiguous Jack Sparrow. Nosirree. He had him a Mrs. Hook right there on the ship with him (what might Jack Aubrey have said?) along with those puppets, one of whom was named Sharkey. If you listen to this clip, you can pray along with Sharkey: Captain Hook and His Scurvy Christian Pirate Puppet crew.