website! It really brings back memories.
originally from Phila., but my family and I moved to Beltsville in the
47, and one of my favorite shows was Countdown
Carnival, which my
and I would watch every day after school. I don't really remember much
about it except that it showed Superman.
also, does anyone remember the Lloyd Thaxton Show? Or Wing Ding, with
think) Jack Alix?
for the memories!
- I almost fell out when I stumbled across your web page.
thought my brother and I were the only people alive who remember Hoppity
Skippity. My brother, who's 51 now, and I (I'll turn 50 in July
actually got to be on the show when I was really young. I
remember sitting on a log and talking to the rabbit. My brother
asked him why he had a zipper down his back. I thought the big
was so neat, but my brother was convinced, and tried to convince me,
he wasn't real after that. I didn't believe him.
16 Nov 2001
just wanted to drop
a line and tell you how your web site brought a smile to my face this
am about to work on
a project for Larry Harmon's Bozo
the Clown and in the search I came
this web site.
to read about a personality I began to become familiar with later in
a perfect character
match to personality... I would have never known Willard
a smile on East Coast kid's faces while I was growing up with Howdy
for the walk
down memory lane and the education that came along with it.
25 Sep 2001
my brother was in first grade, I was in half-day kindergarten at Wood
Elementary School in Bethesda, (just a few miles from Channel 20). My
chaperoned his class trip to Bozo's Circus (starring Tony Alexi) and I
got to go along as mom could not pick me up from kindergarten on time.
My friend, Katy, was in the same situation, so we both got to go.
we got there, they said that Katy and I could be on the show with the
first graders. We felt quite important being with these older
(and if first graders seemed old, you can imagine my impression of Bozo
himself!). Katy and I were put front and center since we were smaller.
I got to play this relay where you had to pass a clothespin from your
to someone else's.
was a pause for commercial or something. I was EXTREMMMMMELY shy
at this stage in life. And I remember this moment as vividly as
it were the actual moment it happened.... During the break, Bozo said,
"When we return, I'm going to talk to YOU!" and he pointed his big,
white finger at me. My heart was racing a million miles an hour.
enough, we started to tape again and he said something that to me
like Charlie Brown's teacher talking. Then he motioned for me to stand
up and I did. He knelt down next to me and I remember this zinc
stuff on his head and I could see sweat beaded up on top of it.
then asked me, "If you had a million dollars, what would you do with
I can still feel the anxiety that this question caused me. I was panic
stricken. See, I was terrified that I would get the answer "wrong" and
I had NO IDEA what "a million" meant. So I just stood
It was like Cindy Brady on the Brady Bunch episode where she gets stage
fright and freezes up. That was me. I
He asked again. I continued to stare. Then, thru the
I focused on my mother who was desperately trying to sign SOMETHING to
me to say. She was moving her hands as if they were on a steering
wheel. I figured that the "right" answer must be a car. So
I said, "I'd buy a car." He asked what I'd do with it, and I answered
a total monotone, "I'd give it to my mom."
think Bozo all but yawned at my autistic-like response. So he sorta
got me the heck back to my seat and then asked my friend Katy to stand
up. SHE was NOTTTTTT shy and still to this day I joke with her
how she showed me up. She was asked the same question and she
chirping out this adorable response about how she "would buy all the
in the world, and all the dresses in the world, and all the tea sets in
the world, and all the dogs in the world, and all the cats in the
Then they replayed that episode until I was in about 3rd grade. I
was horrified each time I would see that shot of the camera zooming in
on my zombie like face.
mom turned 70 a couple weeks ago. My brothers and sister and I
a memory book for her and wrote a bunch of memories. The BOZO show came
up along with many other favorite family stories. It would be
hoot to ever get to talk to the "real" Bozo after all the years we have
had him with us in our memory of that show!!! :)
"Tony" Alexi comments on Ann's recollections:
have a vague recollection of your appearance on the show, and you were
charming. The joy is in the effort, and emotion, not necessarily the
A chat with the audience was a regular segment, and I particularly
using the youngest members . . . their mere appearance on camera was a
special delight. I am proud to be part of your family's history, even
such a small way. I enjoyed my time at WDCA-TV, and especially cherish
20 cut ins, because it gave me a chance to use my
skills, and develop a myriad of characters. This Kaptain Kidshow site
stirs my memories, and your note adds dimension to that time when life
Bless You and your entire family.
I was not aware that these shows of my era were rebroadcast for several
years. I would be interested in confirmation on this. Stay happy, and
21 Sep 2001
all who've sent memories of the 50's/60's kid's shows.
Tugg was the most important person on TV... when I was 6-7-8!
Carnival was everyday, after school. How I admired (envied) the
of the Mayflower "moving" trucks, shown as good entries in this
contest. Having no such talent, I just entered a couple of the random
drawings. One day my card was picked! The Countdown
Carnival guy said
name & address ON TV!!!! I won the game LOVE (like
with hearts instead of big dots). My favorite character was the old guy
"from Springfield" who whistled his S's.
anyone have info of Barry Richards? Most likely aired on Channel 13,
60's to early 70's. Possibly had bands play in the studio. A
sponser was Bragher Gutman's Jr Bowl.
Log Note: "Hairy" Barry was one of many hosts of "WING DING" on
in the late '60s. Watch for more about Barry and Teen Dance Shows!
21 Sep 2001
stumbled across your Pick
Temple page and really enjoyed the trip back
through time. I was on that show, although I can't remember much
about it. I must have been very young, not even in school. I was
born in '54, so maybe around'58 or '59.
remember looking through one door and seeing the Milt Grant Show being
taped. My recollections are that I rode the pony, and was very
when interviewed. Family history tells me that when asked what my
father did, I said "He plumbs." (He was a plumbing
When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said a bus driver. I
we had ridden a DC Transit bus to get wherever the taping was done and
I was fascinated. I have recollections of also trying to wiggle
stamp off my nose. Is it possible I would have been selected to
both things? Possibly, I would just stand in front of my TV and "play
home" when those contests were held, but my faulty memory makes me
I did it on the show.
these shows exist on video anywhere? I'd love to get the episode
I was on, but don't know how to go about finding the date, etc.
again for the great memories! I also loved Cap'n
Hal and never missed Captain Kangaroo. I was on TV again for
participated in a carnival for MD, and I was interviewed by Bill
who at the time was my hero for being the host of the Three Stooges
9 Sep 2001
site gets better and better each time I visit!
first item, while not exactly about DC Kids Shows, is relevant because
as a result of holding Carnivals Against Muscular Dystrophy, we
tickets for trips to Marshall Hall aboard the Wilson Line.
surfed the Web for something - anything - about Marshall Hall Amusement
Park or Glen Echo Amusement Park, but there really not much about
place online. This is really too bad because anybody who was a
in the DC area in the 50s/60s certainly has fond memories about both
and the cruise boat!
from Southwest DC's Maine Ave Pier. The Wilson Line would sail
down the Potomac and they'd lift the drawbridge of the Woodrow Wilson
so we could cruise under. Then it was on to Mount Vernon, where a
few folks would get off or on. Then, onward across to the
side of the Potomac to Marshall Hall. I remember the pier would
you right past the building where the slot machines were (fun for the
but the kids would keep going, making a beeline for the rides and
wondering what success others have had in finding online sites about
Marshall Hall or Glen Echo?
more TV memories... The first time I met Willard
Scott was in
at WRC-TV to see two tapings of Commander
about Dr Strangedog was that he'd originally been a human German
spy who stowed away one the rocket ship. He had eaten too many
- exploded - and somehow turned into a dog! It was really
basset hound, called Lester. That day I also got to meet Mary,
wife. I grew up about five blocks from Willard's boyhood home and
when we'd pass by, Willard's mom and dad would usually invite us in for
cookies and to show us the latest entry in their scrapbook of Willard's
career. I think Willard got his sense of humor from his mom
she had a print of the poker-playing dogs on the wall of her
Retro set... I'm not sure if you can see it
in the pictures on your site, but part of the control panel of Commander
Retro's rocket ship included mini-cube icetrays with blinking Christmas
lights behind it! Not much to look at in person, but really nifty
for the home viewers. The NBC series "Star Trek" was on the air
first-run at the time and my guess is that it was a local kidshow
with that show. It makes sense, since WRC was an NBC owned and
up the good work!
up in Alexandria VA - now in San Diego area)
08 Sep 2001
just came upon your site after typing Bozo, Ronald McDonald, Willard
Scott into the Google search engine.
Temple, I made a Washington to Philadelphia move, but I remember
favorite kids' shows from the late 1950s and early 1960s (plus ones
my sisters watched later). I had forgotten that Willard also
the Mickey Mouse Club re-runs, which I also remembered watching around
1962. (The original shows were on when I was just barely old
to be aware of them.) ...
I'm tired of hearing about Sally Starr, Gene London, Chief Halftown,
and the other ones that the people who grew up in Philadelphia always
about. I want to remember Willard
Scott (not as a Today Show
but as Bozo and Ronald), Cap'n
Hal, and Pick
by the way, I've only met one person in Philadelphia who remembers
short-lived show on Channel 6. ...
I met a celebrity for the first time (at Four Corners in Silver
My parents took me to see Miss Barbara from Romper
Room at the
Drug Store there. I noticed on your web site that you did not know the
name of the Romper
Room teacher from Fall 1955 until 1957, and you
guessing that it was Miss Nancy. Miss Barbara probably was the teacher
whose name you are missing...
I waited in line with some friends and family members to meet Ranger
outside the Grand Union in Langley Park. This was a special treat
most of the interesting stuff I would hear about on T.V. would take
downtown or in Virginia or some other place in Maryland (Rockville,
Oxon Hill) that was hard to get to in those pre-Beltway, pre-Metro days.
resident of Silver Spring with no "s" at the end, MD
resident of Huntingdon Valley with a "d", PA
7 Sep 2001
for finally proving me not crazy. For decades I've harbored the memory
of Space Explorers and found NOBODY with any idea what I was talking
(and I travel in some well-heeled Sf and animation circles). Finding
mention of it, and Jerry
Beck's explanation of its history, I'm just floored... also
your marvelous site on DC kids' shows.
have some other memories of Cap'n
Tugg and his ever-failing automatic
that I should write up for you.
veteran of appearances on DC TV with Ranger
Hal and Willard 'BOZO'
7 Sep 2001
what a great website... My sisters and I each appeared on the Pick
Giant Ranch. I was chosen to ride the pony, one sister shot the
Are there any pictures/films to be had from those shows? The little
of Giant Bread was great, as well as the ice cream. Can't remember off
hand too much other stuff, but it was great seeing this stuff again.
up in Arlington was interesting. Jimmy Dean was our neighbor, and I
sat for his kids. I got to meet Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, and others in
mom was terminally ill last year, and one of my brothers got in touch
Jimmy Dean, who promptly called my mom to talk about the old
That was really sweet of him. It was a thrill for her to have him
remember, and she "bragged" to her friends for days. We have pictures
he and mom talking over the fence, it had appeared in an article about
30 Aug 2001
your webpage! My name is Gene Crowell and I was born in Prince George's
County, Maryland in 1969. I was fortunate enough to live in an area
received BOTH Washington, DC and Baltimore stations. So I grew up on
very creative and wonder kid shows. Captain
20 on WDCA TV-20 and
Chesapeake on WBFF TV-45
both were different, I loved each show for what it was. Aside form the
usual good stuff like, Speed Racer cartoons, Lost in Space, etc. Captain
20 was a very hands on show. He allowed us to send in artwork for the
Gallery" and participate in many wonderful games via phone calls.
Captain Chesapeake was cool because he was on a boat and had a talking
sea monster "Mondy".
great thing about each of these timeless shows was the fact that they
promoted self esteem, confidence and ethical behavior. Captain
card states on the back the oath of: 'As a member of the Channel 20
I will strive to believe in myself and stand proud. For when I believe
in me, then others will too. I will always listen and learn with my
and my heart. Knowing that when I like myself, I can care for others. I
AM PROUD AND I CARE.'
Chesapeake would always say in each show, 'Be somebody important, be
like that sinks in and lasts a life time. In the early 1990's I had the
pleasure of meeting each of these great kid show icons. I interviewed
Lewis "Captain Chesapeake" for Scary Monsters Magazine for his late
horror host persona "The Ghost Host" and later met Dick Dyszel Captain
at a local film convention in Baltimore called Fanex presents
a staff employee of Fanex, I then got to moderate the children's show
and the horror host panel as well. I was friendships with both
over the last 10 years. Dick is still very active with convention
appearances and his website: www.countgore.com and I get to see him at
least twice a year. I periodically stayed in contact with George until
his passing in December, 2000.
I have told these great guys how much they meant to me as a kid, I
think they could ever never really know what they actually did for me
the thousands of other Maryland children. I just keep thinking if
we had these guys back on TV, how much good they could accomplish with
today's issues regarding children. I bet they could clean up!
great TV like that is gone forever. That's sad.
26 Aug 2001
found your website after visiting the Northern Va. memories. ... I did
not live in Northern Virginia, but rather way out in the country on a
near Colonial Beach. I grew up watching Pick
, Tugg, Bozo, and
a little bit of Milt Grant.
Tugg's Channel Queen was the set for many adventures. I remember two
involving Fantail. One time the faithful parrot was sent into space and
another time Fantail was sent to the center of the earth in a machine
the "Earthworm". I still remember the sound of the tug and when the
captain wanted to move away from the helm he would drape a small rope
around one of the hand prongs of the helm. He would move to the back of
the boat to use the radio to call Commander Salamander or converse with
Fantail when he was sent into space. The captain also had a telegraph
he would ring when he wanted the engineer to shovel in a little more
Reynolds was a poor ventriloquist however, because you could
see his mouth move when he would make Fantail talk. Usually after the Cap'n
Tugg show, there would be a Three
Stooges show with one short and one
also can remember a lot about the Pick Temple Show and even have an
that rode Piccolo the Pony. Remember the song "My Favorite Bread's
How about the shootin'gallery where the Henson like puppet would spit
the caught bullet in a dish. I don't know why I remember this stuff in
such detail, but I grew up with those shows.
(I also remember) cartoon serials in the summer time around
There were three serials that I can remember; one was about an evil
(Sleeping Beautyish), another was a space adventure, but the last one I
know I am right about, it was a cartoon serial about Beauty and the
The Beast was shown at the end and he was an ape like creature.
seems these serials had about 17 or 18 episodes. Maybe someone
will remember them.
this off of WPGC? "Eddie Leonard Sandwich Shop, you should try
For the very best in sandwiches, just buy one. No matter where you are,
you'll find that you're not far, from an Eddie Leonard Sandwich
I even remember the tune that goes with it. Does anybody out
remember the words to the Milt Grant Show?
1 Aug 2001
was born in 1954 and watched Cap'n
Tugg from 1958-62. One thing I
remember was Cap'n
Tugg's radar that was used on Christmas Eve. In
middle of his program, Cap'n
Tugg would head towards the rear of the
Channel Queen to announce to his young audience that he would try to
up Santa leaving the North Pole (it was still about 5PM EST).
enough, a blinking light would suddenly appear on the radar screen that
was Santa. However, if I remember correctly, Cap'n
young audience that Santa was heading west from the North Pole because
it was already nighttime in other countries. However, he told the boys
and girls that by the time they got to sleep, Santa would be
the East coast. This was one additional thing that ALWAYS got me to bed
1 Aug 2001
tell you the good stuff (about my appearance on Hoppity
the TV screen. it looked like Hoppity was sitting out in the
He sat on a (fake) tree stump; the kids sat on a (fake) tree that had
down next to the tree stump.
I was on, there were three of us, the usual number, give or take one or
two. The back drop was a black and white photograph of the
It was mounted on a piece of wood or something. Like I said, on
it looked like Hoppity and the kids were in the woods. Sitting
on the show, I realized what this thing really was. I recollect
the side of it (this big piece of plywood with a photo of the woods),
pulling it toward me. Oh my goodness! I quickly let it go
it returned to its original position.
more recollection. During the show, Hoppity announced that he was
going to be at some store or something on the weekend. My mother
was there in the studio with us, sitting against a wall to the right of
us, out of sight of the cameras. I yelled over, "Can we
She nodded yes, probably a little mortified.
all I remember. Maybe my sister Judy remembers more. She
have been around eight.
14 Jun 2001
just found Hoppity
Skippity on the Net. That only goes to show you that
no matter how obscure something was, or how long ago, you can find
about it by looking on Google.
I was five or six (which would have been 1953 or 1954), I appeared on Hoppity
Skippity. My mom took me downtown to the WTTG studios, probably on the
streetcar. I remember the door having a big "5" on it. From reading
site, I now realize I was at the long-defunct Raleigh Hotel.
was crowned (or elected) king for the day. Hoppity gave me a paper
I proudly kept it on my bedpost for probably an entire year! It made me
feel like a real king, and I hoped I could be one someday. Was I
when my dad told me that our country had a president instead of a
10 Jun 2001
can't believe that I found this site. Although I am not from
Washington area, here in south central Pennsylvania we did receive
4, Channel 5, Channel 7, and Channel 9.
Tugg and especially remember the cracker that would not
crumble in outer space. There was a story line about his
into space. I also remember when the Captain would try to sing the
song to "The Mighty Hercules".
great show was Countdown
Carnival with Mr. Bill
Gormly. I rode an
in the Georgetown University library with him in the 70's. He
reference to a character in one of his shows called Elmo Hickey, 36
old and still in the 3rd grade. Of course the show broadcast
Rocket, Space Angel, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and in the last half hour,
As best as I can figure, the show premiered August 26, 1963.
Gormly did look like Superman actor George Reeves.
might mention that Willard
Retro also featured the
Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers movie serials.
remember when Bill Johnson told the audience to watch for the changes
the show name, "The Three
Stooges" to "The
the comedy team of Mack and Myer joined The Three
great when Bill Johnson brought the MD carnival kids on.
see no mention of another Channel 5 personality. You must
Paul Hallet. He was still at WTTG in 1981.
5 broadcast Walt Disney's Zorro in September 1965. Do you remember
afternoons and "Jungle Call", featuring Tarzan movies? There was a
night movie that ran sci-fi films... called "The World Beyond".
understand that the site is for DC originated programs, but can you
shows from the Baltimore stations? I remember "Lorenzo",
Pirate", "Polly Wally Doodle", and the "5:30 Show" (5:00 Show) that
movies of Tarzan, Andy Hardy, Laurel and Hardy, Jane Withers, etc.
9 Jun 2001
40 years you've finally given me the evidence to remind my family and
that I'm not completely crazy. I've been describing the Astro
to people for years, and been met with blank stares. But no
now I've even got a picture to show (any idea where I could find some?
eBay is empty). This morning I also re-discovered the Hasbro
Sno-Cone maker and the Kool Aid Dispenser my mother bought for me at
Schwartz in NYC.
in NYC (Soupy Sales, Romper Room, Capn. Kangaroo and Wonderama), I
to LA when I was 5, and so my memories are of Diver Dan (do you think
Fish got gill cancer from the cigarette perpetually dangling from his
Clutch Cargo, Sheriff John and Engineer Bill (red light, green light).
you can see from my email address, I am now involved in another labor
love; the preservation of The Dick
Dyke Show on DVD with a release
of the entire series in celebration
of the 40th anniversary which begins October 3. My father,
was one of the writers and producers of the series, as well as That
and other great sit-coms...
discovered your site through DCRTV's Mailbag, and I couldn't be more
I won a bicycle back in 1969, courtesy of Captain
20 and the gerbil
Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories. Your
5 Jun 2001
more can we find out about the life and fate of "Miss Connie" from Romper
Room and DC theater? Are there any photos of her? One writer says that
she took her own life. This is extremely sad. I recall my parents
me to see her in a children's play at The Warner Theater. Are there any
further details available about her? She was a talented and fascinating
04 Jun 2001
grew up in Baltimore, but spent a lot of time working the "lumimen"
and those rabbit ears to get snowy images of Cap'n
and Creature Feature. You happen to have any of a Baltimore show for
Pirate"... over on WBAL-TV 11 which was an NBC
during the 60's?
was notorious for oversleeping on Saturday morning (waking at 11am),
the good cartoons were long over by then. I made up for it by
those rabbits ears on weekday afternoons though!!
found your website in of all places the SCAN-DC mail list. One of the
members posted your web address and another website dedicated to the
website bought back some fond memories, I showed it to my wife (she's a
rare commodity: she's a native Washingtonian) last night and
got quite a hoot from the audio and pictures.
got plenty recollections to share about TV in the "olden" days. My
didn't allow much watching of the boob tube as he called it. So when he
yielded it was definitely a treat!! Then there was grandma, who let you
watch what you want anytime!!
tried to explain to my kids, over and over what it was like then to
TV in the old days. How we didn't look at TV and eat at the same time
we do too often nowadays. We sorta eased into eating and watching TV
it took years. How people used to not call or come over around dinner
Fish on Friday. They laugh when I tell them how my father took the
off the hook when we ate. Try today getting all the family to sit-down
at the same time, whew!!
we all went over to that lucky kids house that had a color set!! We got
our first color set in 1970! How do you explain rabbit ears
that have fiber optics and cable? I told my grandson about crystal
sets, he didn't believe me. And things are supposed to be so much
now compared to then!! I don't think so.......oooops I ramble!!
23 May 2001
came accross your site while searching for Ranger Hal info.
nice, I really enjoyed it, and I am passing the URL on to my friends.
should consider doing a similar site for the national shows, cartoons,
& game shows... Green Acres, Dick Van Dyke, Bewitched, Beverly
Mighty Mouse, Kimba The White Lion, Astroboy, etc. The amount
content is endless.
26 May 2001
Voices for "Diver Dan" by Allen Swift.
name of the perfomer who did the voices for the puppets and "Diver Dan"
is Allen Swift. He was a comic/character actor, mimic (impressionist/
and character voice actor), puppeteer, cartoonist, storyteller, singer
and comedy magician who didn't manipulate the puppets in those "DD" TV
puppet films, but he gave the fish puppets a life and personality all
Swift was also the voice of "Diver Dan". The actor playing "Diver Dan"
(in the diving suit) was the series scriptwriter Mr. Frank Freda.
Suzanne Turner played "Miss Minerva The Mermaid Queen".
Swift was also a regular comic actor, mimic, puppeteer, magician and
on NBC TV's "Howdy Doody Show" weekday evenings from l953 to May,
Monday evening September l0, l956 to Friday September 23, 1960, Mr.
was the first sea-captain host/performer of WPIX TV Channel-11 (NYC's)
"Popeye Show", where he entertained and informed "His Mateys" (his
with songs, stories, craftmaking, hobbies, magic tricks, cartooning
informational segments and interviews with visiting guest performers
personalities between the reruns of the "Paramount/Fleischer Popeye"
"Paramount/Famous Popeye" Movie cartoons. Mr. Swift was unjustly fired
from WPIX TV Channel-11 (NYC's) "Popeye Show" following a creative
with station management. He went on to do voiceovers for movie and TV
and radio/TV commercials.
also wrote, produced, directed, staged and performed in numerious
Off-Broadway and summer stock plays and musicals. His most notable
performance was the drama "Checking Out!", where he wrote, produced and
played the ex-stage actor "Morris Applebaum". The character of "Morris
Applebaum" was based on a Yiddish stage actor that Mr. Swift met while
he was performing in the hotels of New York State's Borscht Belt. Mr.
only on-camera TV performances in recent years were on CBS-TV's "Kate
Allie" and "The Equalizer".
Kevin S. Butler
25 Apr 2001
cannot begin to describe my excitement at discovering your web site.
I was thrown back 40, 45 years and was linked again to the child I was
who loved so very much watching Ranger Hal, Pick Temple (both of which
I was a participant) and so many other programs. I felt life had come
circle while reading your participants comments, giving me a
feeling that could only be shared by fellow Washingtonians who grew up
during this period.
remain roots, no matter how distant we are from them, we remain linked
to them forever. What especially struck me was the precious memories of Pick Temple. I cannot help but feel that with the endless cable
kids shows today that there was something in the simplicity of the
live childrens shows that cannot be duplicated.
can forget the excitement of going to the Giant and filling out a form
to appear on Pick Temple? Even though I live far away from Washington
I suddenly found myself yearning for Heidi Bakery products advertised
an anecdote about the show Uncle
Artie, which appeared in the beginning
of Channel 20:
Artie explained how to make one of his hillbilly hats, out of
excitement I took my fathers best hat and proceeded to stretch it out
shape until a gaping hole appeared. Needless to say I was sorely
About a week later, I got what I felt to be poetic justice. One of the
child participants of the show told a joke: "What did Batman
in the Batroom? Answer: Gomer's pile and Honey's waste."; (referring to
two popular shows Gomer Pile and Honey West). Poor Uncle
that point seemed to lose his composure and was totally embarrassed. I
was watching the show with a friend and both of us rolled on the floor
with laughter. Such a blunder could only happen to Uncle
web site is a revelation for me and I am sure for thousands of others.
Those years are so far away, and yet so close. We are forever in debt
you for making it possible for us to relive those golden moments.
31 Mar 2001
for bringing back such fond memories!
51, and grew up in Hyattsville, Md. during the 1950's -1960's. I
remember Pick Temple started to plug the upcoming Vincent Price movie, "Master
The World", about a week before it opened. The day before it opened, he
had the miniature flying machine used in the film. We couldn't wait to
see this film! When my mother dropped us off at Sidney Lust's Allen
in Takoma Park, we encountered a line around the shopping center.
I got 50 cents from my mother... 30 for the admission and rest, as she
would say, "for junk". Those were the days!
30 Mar 2001
was born in 1954 and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Every week my
would grocery shop at the local Giant Food store. And just like ALL
tykes who wanted to get on the "Pick Temple Show," each week I would
for an entry card to mail in. I'm sure I had been mailing in entry
for well over a year with no success. Suddenly one day, however, I got
the first piece of mail in my life. It was from PICK TEMPLE asking me
be on his show!!! My only thoughts were, "Here's my chance at 5 years
to be on television!"
parents, brother, and I drove to the studios and I vividly remember the
Production Assistants sitting me on the outside from what I recall were
something like a set of bleachers. I only remember this because of one
"unusual" event that happened. At one point, Pick called for his dog,
to come out on stage and Lady came trotting right beside me over
When Pick said it was time for Lady to go home, she came trotting past
me again and I put my hand down & rubbed her as she came by. It
a silly little moment but one that I have never forgotten in my 47
addition, my mother and father were seated in bleachers directly ACROSS
from us. At a given point, Pick asked us to wave to our parents out in
"TV Land." The camera was facing us so when we waved, it looked as if
were waving into the monitor.
as all us little tykes were departing, Pick shook each one of our hands
as he handed us a bag full of goodies from Giant Food. After leaving
studio and entering our car, I somehow assumed that part of the goodies
were 4 donuts from Giant (their bakery was excellent). There were four
of us in our family and I remember telling my parents how each of us
only get ONE donut since there were only four (assumption). But when I
opened it up, there were chocolate chip cookies instead! They were just
March 27, 2001
Ranger Hal did a song that went something like: "Litter Bug Litter Bug shame
you. Look at the terrible things you do." Does
the rest of the words to that song?
March 9, 2001
hope you'll find time to incorporate one more memory in your Pick Temple
show, a lucky kid got to sit on (memory fails - was it a prop horse, or
a cow?) and had a limited time (until the cow mooed) to say "Hi" to all
his friends at home - I always thought it was hilarious to hear "Hi,
Mary, Billy, Eddie, um ... Mom and Dad, Susie, Louie" ...
he had bits with puppets "Quoth, the Raven" and "Lo, the poor Indian".
commented about Willard doing a rabbit character - I distinctly
a short period when I could see "Willard the Rabbit" - big plush white
rabbit suit with big floppy ears and his face sticking out.
sadly, that's all the details I have.
Temple, Pick Temple's son, comments on Wayne's recollections:
as much of the history, varies with time. At first, we simply
a western saddle on the fence post. But that soon gave way to
props. We had a shetland pony (live - and that was a problem
that was nicknamed Picolo. Dad had to really watch Piccolo - I
his real name - because he had a bad temper.
child was selected from the hayloft, and allowed about ten-twenty
to say 'Hello' to all their friends and family following a brief
Usually, the child would get nowhere near finishing, and so we set the
rule that you were allowed to say 'Hi everybody else' when the cow
The sound was one of those small cylindrical toys that sounds only
like a cow, but it was good enough. Folks who were on the
who watched it regularly still laugh about saying 'Hi everybody else'
front of their friends who think they have lost their minds.
a very common phrase in Washington DC in the 1950s.
- as to the bad temper - Dad had to tightly hold Piccolo's reins, as he
would try to turn and nip at the kids. Never happened, since
always held him very tightly. But he came home many times
chunk taken out of his own hand by the pony.
a while we did not have the room to move the pony, so he was just kept
on the inside of a fence rail. Later, however, we would walk
pony around the fencepost to give the kids a bit of a ride.
pretend to turn one of the metal decorations on the saddle and that
start the music for the ride. Great thrill for the kids who
One of the puppets on the show was a raven whom Dad named "Quoth" in
of his Baltimorian heritage and Edgar Allen Poe. So, in full,
puppet's name was "Quoth the Raven". At least WE thought it
I don't believe we had a "Lo The Poor Indian", or if we did, it was
removed. However, all the puppets were similarly named with a
in cheek. We had a fox named "Yon Cassius".
to as "Yon Cassius with the lean and hungry look". A monkey puppet
Leif Mulcher. And so on.
probably shouldn't include this, but one of Dad's favorite inside jokes
was the name for a dragon puppet. His name was
I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
23 Feb 2001
I recall the Billy
Johnson show, three things stand out:
two puppets (Wally and Ginty), and most of all the theme song -----"Up
a Lazy River." I remember Billy singing that at the beginning and end
each show. I was about 5 or 6 when I used to watch it.
was the darker one. Ginty was the lighter one with the big
As I recall, Wally's voice sounded like a 45 rpm record played at 33
while Ginty's sounded like a 45 rpm record played at 78.
was trying to find information about the TV show that featured the big
guy in the rabbit suit. I found something about him (Hoppity
on your site and then found the info on Billy
didn't remember Billy
Johnson's name, but I remembered what he looked
only thing I remember about Hoppity
Skippity was that, at the end of
show, Hoppity would say, "And you wemember, kids, I'm a weal wive
for the memories.
February 5, 2001
a blast from the past it was to see pics of Pick Temple on your site!
up, I lived across the street from Pick on East Parkhill Drive in
Although he moved away when I was still just a toddler, his visage
as a large, somewhat unidentifiable, yet friendly, part of my early
and it was a relief to finally remember the name that went with the
grew up watching Cap'n
Tugg on WTTG, and vaguely remember seeing the
stuffing fall out of his shirt once during a broadcast! Mr. Axel
used to occasionally haunt my dreams!
sipping an an Astro-Float)
I remember "Pick Temple's Giant Ranch" because I was not only a regular
viewer, but a participant for one episode sometime during 1955 or 1956.
set of the show was a ranch with a live horse and a set of bleachers.
was also a well (from which, I believe, the carton of Sealtest Ice
was pulled). We kids sat in the bleachers and participated in the show
individually as selected by Pick Temple who was dressed in a cowboy
child (I was lucky enough to be selected) was chosen from the bleachers
to ride the live horse (about eight steps worth), talk with Pick, and
participate in the Sealtest Ice Cream commercial while riding/sitting
the horse. Once the show was over, the rider (me) got to take home
half-gallons of Sealtest Ice Cream for my part in the commercial. The
cream was terrific! I believe that each child got one half-gallon
of the ice cream.
was very nice to me as I recall and the horse must have been very
and walked very slowly! Most of the kids were about four or five years
old, I believe. I have fond memories of the show.
about all that I can remember except that the parents could view the
from a set of windows mounted in the very high wall (to the
right on the set) at about a second or third-story level. It was very
up on the wall (to me). I had a great time!
Dr. F. Edward Blake, Jr.
to Dave Hughes' DCRTV Mailbag
10 Jan 2001
I turn 50 next month, I'm old enough to remember yet another early
kid show called Hoppity
Skippity. A guy in a rabbit suit,
by Giant/Heidi who had kids on the show and played games and showed
My sister was on, and as the kids were leaving they got an assortment
baked goods to take home. My sister was last in line, and
out, so they gave her a box of peanut brittle.
day Hoppity announced he was taking a vacation for awhile, but he never
came back. The show just ended. The guy who wore the suit was
broadcaster whose last name was Huber (I think) and I can recall his
in the Post in the 1970's. I believe the show was on WTTG.
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