17 Dec 2000 and Sat 30 Dec 2000
and what a great site.
the run of PJ's
Club, Pete occasionally aired two cartoons in serial
form with something like 25-30 segments per cartoon. The one
was a fantastic version of "Beauty and the Beast" and the other was
wonderfully animated version of a science fiction adventure
"Space Explorers". Both were superb and "Space Explorers"
both animation and live action to weave the story together. I have
to locate copies of these for many years but have been unable to do so.
These cartoons were apparently used in other children's shows
the country as well.
anyone has information on them, please email me: annaland
the early 50's there used to be a kid's show on WTTG entitled "Hoppity
Skippity". It featured a man dressed in a rabbit suit whom I
to be Willard
Scott! I remember seeing Hoppity at a live
at the K.C. Drug Store in Kent Village Shopping Center in Prince
County during the early 1950's. This "rabbit" picked me up
me for a brief moment, just long enough to have someone take a photo of
it and post it in the drug store window at a later date.
not sure if the man was indeed Willard
Scott but my father always told
me that it was. I've never seen anything about this show and have never
been able to link Willard
Scott to the show. Once, while working in the
Tyson's Corner area of Virginia, I ran into Willard
Scott at Tyson's
Shopping Center. It was during the Christmas season and he
a really good mood. I asked him at that time if he was ever Hoppity
Skippity and he laughed, making some remark as to how old I was or
So I never received a good answer.
notes: A new website named www.TheSpaceExplorers.com
has emerged as of March 2004.
7 Dec 2000
I think my Dad (Pick
Temple) would have been thrilled with your site.
research and accuracy. I am really impressed with all the
have dug up.
thing you might find interesting -
November 1950, the Federal Communications Commission approved the first
color television system. It was developed by
System, and was based on rotating "color wheels" in both the sending
receiving units. The system failed because it could only
signals broadcast with the color wheel system, and was not "compatible"
color - that is, it had no true black or white. Obviously,
Broadcasting Company's "color dot" system was the one that proved
Nevertheless, the CBS folks used the most colorful show they had
to sell their system to the FCC. You guessed it - they used
show. By the way, the system did eventually achieve some
of prominence - the color wheel system was used to broadcast color
from the surface of the Moon on the Apollo landings.
Dad was approached at one point about syndication - I'd have to look in
his diaries to find out what year - but it was sometime in the mid-late
1950s. He would have gone head-to-head with Howdy Doody (that
the concept, in any case). Unfortunately, he did not go that
else we would have had much better records of the show. ...
also tried a show in the Philadelphia area after he went off the air
In 1962-63 he was on WFIL on weekends. The show was popular,
just did not fit in with the declining market for live TV. He
that he had gotten in on the ground floor of live TV, only to outlive
phenomenon when TV converted to serials and cartoons. But it
a wonderful run - and a wonderful life.
had been in the Census Bureau for 17 years before going into TV, and
to civil service after the end of the run of the TV shows. He
from the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1972.
L. Parker Temple III
6 Dec 2000
came across your site last night, and it is wonderful.
Temple was my great uncle (we used to call him "Uncle picky Poo", my
and uncle gave him the name when they were little) and when the page
loading and I heard his voice, I got all choked up inside.
am too young to have been on the show but my dad and uncle were both on
it on many occasions. I do remember spending time with him in Phoenix
I was little up until he passed away when I was a teenager.
to have a lot of fun together playing golf (he let me drive his golf
and act as his caddy), and spending time with him and Aunt Jeanette.
time when I was in elementary school, one of my teachers who grew up in
the DC area didn't believe me that he was my great uncle, so he sent me
a tape stating that he was. The tape was an old interview of him with
Campbell and it still makes me teary eyed when I listen to it.
pictures are wonderful and the information is great also. I sent the
to my grandparents (Uncle picky Poo was my grandmothers sisters
my dad, and my uncle and they all loved it...
I just wanted to let you know that you did a great job on the site and
I'm sure that if they have the internet where Uncle Picky Poo is today
that he would love it also.
Temple's Great Nephew
4 Dec 2000
WHAT A GREAT SITE!!!
46 and I grew up in Alexandria VA in the '60s.
recall 2 visits to WTTG as a result of having MD (Muscular
Carnivals. The first time was at the Raleigh Hotel in the
Johnson had us on the air - as I recall there was
line of kids who'd had carnivals and the set we were on was just
in a chair in front of a curtain with us speaking into a lavilier
he was holding.
2nd visit was on the Wisconsin Avenue location on the Cap'n
I recall being hugely disappointed that none of it was real and how
it all was! LOL Fantail the parrot (when not in
to the right of the Channel Queen's wheel; (out of camera range, of
It was also a disappointment that Lee
Reynolds had a fake beard and a
nose - AND - during the cartoons, he'd run-up some stairs to the
room & we all saw him sneaking a puff on a
cigarette!! : (
the 2nd visit I remember it being a very large studio and some of the
for other local shows were there - Countdown
Carnival, and maybe even
for letting me share!
- Pardon the typos and spelling errors I wanted to type as quickly as
memories have flooded back - some 35 yrs to 40 yrs later!
1 Dec 2000
Tugg Still Entertains Kiddies
frequently leave our children with Lee
Reynolds for the
He is married to my aunt.
first time he babysat (not knowing his colorful past), I asked him, "Do
you like kids?" He replied, "Heck No." He was kidding, but I didn't get
the joke. We found out shortly after that, that he was a popular child
children loooove to go visit him. They say he tells the best
74 years young, Lee
Reynolds still flies, sails, and entertains "kids"
of all ages.
were so thrilled to happen upon this web site.
& Cheryl Henley
adds: Why can't Cap'n
Tugg leave retirement and get on the air
The children's programs today are so violent; such garbage!
Tugg would be such a relief.)
November 17, 2000
so much for bringing back so many memories! Closest thing to having a
was born in the Washington DC area in 1955, and lived there until 1962.
One of my fondest early memories is of appearing on the The Pick
Show in 1960.
after 40 years, I still vividly remember that afternoon in 1960;
in the audience bleachers along with 50-60 other young kids-- including
my older brother Bobby. There, in living color, were the
sidekick (filling in that day in his absence), the pony, Lady, the
etc. Wow! Despite all the distraction, I also remember being very
on watching the studio monitors so as to not miss out on any of the
(or Bugs Bunny?) cartoons being shown throughout the show.
keeping with the Western theme, I was all decked out in my
Wyatt Earp outfit and my brother's best jade-handled
To my amazement, I was soon selected by the host to come down onto the
studio floor and try to shoot one of several balloons set up along the
top of a puppet stage. Despite the fact that my brother had
me "hip" to the fact that my guns were actually useless-- and that in
a stagehand would pop the balloon from behind with a pin -- I
so proud of myself and of my display of
I distinctly recall, as a 4 year old, the enormous size of
cameras as they moved in on me while I chatted with Pick's
I also remember the take-home goody bag containing, among other things,
a miniature loaf of bread.
also remember seeing Willard
Scott as Bozo
the Clown at a neighborhood
event at the Park Fairfax swimming pool. In almost Santa style, each of
the kids lined up to sit on Bozo's lap and receive a gift.
gave me a suction cup "third eye" to be place on my forehead. Again,
back then all we'd ever seen were grainy black & white images
the colors of Bozo's costume (and red hair!) were shocking.
to your website, I'm now starting to dredge up long-forgotten memories
Tugg and Ranger
Hal. This could be dangerous!!!
29 Sep 2000
a "mountain of memories" on your site!! Thanks so much.
youngest brother Dick was on Romper
Room for a week in 1965
66. I remember going down with him to the WTTG studios and
devastated to see that The Captain's Tug was not real!! It
a memorable experience...all of the sets, Cap'n
Carnival and The Bill
Johnson Show, were all in one large
got the site bookmarked and will come back again to listen, laugh and
17 Sep 2000
for telling me about your website. I have just looked at it, and I
enjoyed it. Especially like the parts on Pick
Temple and Ranger
had no idea that so many other people still had fond memories of those
07 Sep 2000
remember when Pick appeared on "The Rifleman" with Chuck Connors. He
it in advance on his show, and held up stills of him with Chuck Connors.
episode was about a friend of Lucas McCain who resembled Abe Lincoln
by Royal Dano). Pick appeared in a bar room scene where he played
and sang "Bluetailed Fly" (Jimmy Crack Corn)...
also made personal appearances with Lady at Edmonston Elementary School
every year when I was there in the late '50s.
site! Thanks for the memories!
07 Aug 2000
a delight it was to come across a photo of one of my childhood heroes, Cap'n
Tugg, on your website!
was born in 1959 and lived in the DC area from 1963 to 1974. Cap'n
was my favorite show when I was a small child, and to this day I have a
weakness for bearded men!
often wondered whatever became of the man who portrayed Cap'n
fact it wasn't until I stumbled across your website that I knew the
of the actor...
of the products that I remember Cap'n
Tugg promoting on his show was
a liquid flavoring that came in a little white cardboard
and was poured into milk. But for the life of me I can't remember the
of the stuff.
shows I have fond memories of from my days as a youngster in DC include Ranger
Hal, Diver Dan, Astroboy, and Tom Corbett: Space Cadet. I also
Wonderama and was saddened to hear that host Bob McAllister had passed
last time I was able to tune in any DC television stations, I was
surprised to see Gordon Peterson still doing the news after all these
good luck with your cool website! It really takes me back.
05 Aug 2000
too speechless to respond coherently, but I'll be spending much time on
your site, reliving my youth.
parents took me to meet Cap'n
Tugg when I was a wee tyke. Scared me
for the effort.
6 Jun 2000
web site you sent brings back so many fond memories. I am
share them with my kids! I especially love the Pick Temple, Cap'n
Tugg and Ranger
always wanted to go on Ranger
Hal to give Oswald Rabbit a carrot, but I
did get to do it once at the parade in Takoma Park. I also
to go on Bozo, but I got sick the day our Camp Fire Girls club went so
I had to watch from home... my sister got to sit in the circle with him
and tweek his nose though!! (Thanks Willard!... hehe!) ....
interesting thing about Pick
Temple show. Whenever they were ready to
to a cartoon, we got to shoot our guns (pow, pow, pow!) and the cartoon
would show... "Shoot for the cartoon".... I loved this show too!
your DC kidshow memories to:
state that you give permission for Kaptain Kidshow to reproduce your
on his web site.
Shows Originated From Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Studios
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In Washington, DC
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