I have always had trouble with accepting that Billie Hayes of HR PUFFINSTUFF and LIDSVILLE was a woman. Even now, I know Witchipoo and that damn genie are both the same FEMALE person I just... dont see it. I have accepted both as very creepy men.
It doesn't help that she also has the same name as the Midnight Express guy.
Billy Hayes was a 23-year-old American student when in 1970 he tried to smuggle hashish out of Istanbul and was caught at the airport and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Hayes escaped in 1975 and wrote a book about his experience, which in '78 was turned into the Oscar-winning movie Midnight Express, directed by Alan Parker with a screenplay by Oliver Stone. Naturally, the Turkish tourist board counted the book and the movie among the worst PR they could imagine and banned the movie until sometime in the '90s and Hayes until this week, when they invited him on a five day, all-expenses-paid trip back to be a panelist at the Istanbul Conference on Global Security.