In our 17th post, Leo Gorcey reminisces about Billy Benedict, who played "Whitey" in the Bowery Boys. Although he began his association with Leo as a rival adversary of the East Side Kids (e.g., the venomous "Spider"), Billy was to eventually become a mainstay of the series as the amiably vacuous "Whitey," Bowery birdbrain par excellence. In fact, Billy is the only "add-on" gang member who's generally held in the same high-esteem among fans as the "original" Dead End core-group: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan and Gabriel Dell. And, quite fittingly, Leo reveals that Billy was just as nice offscreen as he was on (and one would guess probably a whole lot smarter, too!).