Sales got his unusual nickname from his family. His older brothers had been nicknamed "Hambone" and "Chicken Bone"; Milton was dubbed "Soup Bone," which was later shortened to "Soupy." When he became a disc jockey, he began using the stage name "Soupy Hines." After he became established, it was decided that "Hines" was too close to the Heinz soup company, so Soupy chose the surname "Sales," after comedian Chic Sale.
Man, I love the old Soupy Sales shows! I am getting the DVD sets for Christmas. I grew up watching Soupy every day. There was no Sesame Street for us! Now you might understand why we all turned out a little twisted! Pookie and White Fang were our favorites.