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Terry ‘Tubesteak’ Tracy: 6 Fascinating Facts About the Real Kahuna from ‘Gidget’

Posted on 08/27/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were a guy growing up around 1960, you probably daydreamed at some point about how great it would be to trade places with The Kahuna, the world-wise, Bohemian beach bum portrayed by Cliff Robertson in the 1959 beach-movie classic Gidget. As Malibu’s foremost surfer and hipster philosopher-king, Robertson’s Kahuna seemed almost too cool to be real. But in fact, the character was based upon a real person, Terry “Tubesteak” Tracy. And he was a friend of the real Gidget, Kathy Kohner …