michael ray bower

Michael Bower’s short legacy lives on, in only a fictional nickname of a fictional character on a fictional television show. Bower came into the limelight as Eddie C. Gelfen, the dimwitted oaf who attended Camp Anawanna on the popular Nickelodeon television show, Salute Your Shorts. But Bower’s memory lives on in the pseudonym he wsa affectionately known as, Donkeylips.

Pudgy. Acne-ridden. Confused. These adjetives would best describe Bower’s role as Eddie “Donkeylips” Gelfen. Sidekick to camp bully Bobby Budnick, Donkeylips always found himself in all sorts of mayhem and mischief, the end result being him as the hapless victim. This is why we root for Donkeylips, because we all have a little Donkeylips in us. We have our moments of physical, emotional, and intellectual inadequacy, and yet we push on to live another day. And when the need arises, we aren’t afraid to throw our weight around. This is Donkeylips is all of us, and we are all Donkeylips.

When the sad moment came, Salute Your Shorts being cancelled in 1993, many of us were distraught. No more Sponge. No more Telly. No more Pinsky. No more ZZ. No more Dina. No more Budnick. No more Ug. No more Camp Anawanna. But most importantly, no more Donkeylips. As many of us then stopped to contemplate our lives, some us lay waiting for the moment when Donkeylips would return to power.

sixteen desperate years later, Salute Your Shorts is a fading memory. We watch television station The N, which commonly reruns old Nickelodeon shows such as Clarissa Explains It All and The Adventures of Pete and Pete, in hopes of one day getting our Donkey fix. As it becomes more clear with each passing day, that Salute Your Shorts will likely never return to the airwaves, we felt the need to step up and propogate the memory of Donkeylips to the masses, and what better medium than that of the world wide web.

2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School unknown
2002 Virgil Dwayne $10,000
2001 Wishcraft Tony $15,000
2001 Evolution Danny $80,000
2000 Social Misfits Edgar $10,000
2000 Dude, Where’s My Car? Big Cult Guard #2 $20,000
2000 True Rights Morbid Hipster $10,000
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Trailer Park Neighbor unknown
1996 High School High Auditorium Heckler unknown
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Frank Pescoe $25,000
1993 The Day My Parents Ran Away Richie unknown
1991 Salute Your Shorts Eddie C. Gelfen unknown
1991 The Willies Gordy Belcher $15,000
1990 Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School unknown
1989 Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All Velda’s nephew $10,000
1989 She’s Out of Control Kid at Beach $7,500

tv appearances

DATE SHOW EPISODE ROLE
01.27.06 Monk Mr. Monk and the Captain’s Marriage Peter
01.26.05 Jack & Bobby Running Scared Patient
12.07.04 Rodney It’s Up, It’s Good Church Patron
10.15.03 Becker Dates & Nuts
01.11.02 Dark Angel Brainiac Brain
07.24.00 Opposite Sex The Virgin Episode Fort Union Guy #2
05.04.00 Popular We Are Family Mohawk Boy #1
02.27.00 The X-Files First Person Shooter Lo-Fat
03.22.99 Rescue 77 Couch Potato
02.01.96 Friends The One with the Prom Video Roy Gublik
11.95 Singled Out contestant
12.10.94 California Dreams Rebel Without a Nerve Tommy
05.28.94 Weird Science Killer Party Kyle
1994 Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills Episode #118 Alex
11.21.92 California Dreams They Shoot Vidoes, Don’t They? Tommy
04.10.91 The Wonder Years The Yearbook Peter “Pig” Armbruster
01.30.91 The Wonder Years Denial Kid
03.27.90 The Wonder Years Faith Joe
02.12.90 Empty Nest Timing Josh
01.31.90 Doogie Howser, M.D. Tough Guys Don’t Teach Nerd
1990 Hull High THE PILOT
10.28.89 Empty Nest Between a Cop and a Hard Place Josh
06.10.89 Tales from the Crypt Dig That Cat… He’s Real Gone Junior
11.25.88 Fun House contestant
02.25.86 The A-Team The Duke of Whispering Pines
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