was very much enjoying your site on forgotten TV shows. Romper
my all time favorite show from childhood. I wish it were repeated in
somewhere. For about 30 years now, I've longed to get some sort of
on video, picture, j-peg, whatever, of the Magic Mirror segment.
I saw on your site just now gave me some hope:
McLanahan adds: "Another thing I did had to do with the infamous Magic
Mirror. I went to a film producer in Baltimore (I believe his
was Max Brecker) and looked at a number of film effects he had. I
picked one that looked kind of hallucinogenic with a changing swirl of
colors eminating from the center. Once again, we duplicated this
piece of 16mm film and sent it to all the stations. This is what
millions of kids saw as they held their collective breath, hoping
to hear their names spoken."
found that swirl of colors that Mr. McLanahan referred to absolutely
in its simplicity. Is there any to locate a tape of the show, or
some sort of reproduction of the magic mirror's swirl of colors?
for your help and for making such thorough and respectful homage to Romper
Room on your site.
do I buy any video
of Washington DC's Ranger
Hal... My wife claims he was her only good
role model... If such a video exists of the good Ranger please point me
in the right direction.
was so psyched to find your website! I had vague memories of
up in the '70s and watching Captain
20 on his Channel 20 cartoon
I remember the gerbils (I'm sorry, but that's hilarious) and I
remember the monkeys, because I was one of the people who won a
I picked number 3 because he had been beating everyone that week.
If I recall, the monkeys had to run across and climb some kind of
Because I was so young, I actually thought the monkeys were racing in
my bike got stolen eventually, but I'll never forget my mom calling me
to the phone that afternoon.
for the memories--what a great site.
of Gaithersburg, MD)
24 November 2002
a 55 year old from the generation of which your sights focuses, it is
to be able to locate some of the adventures of the good ol' days!
you will be able to answer a question for me - "The Lone Ranger" made a
personal appearance in this area in the '50's and I thought it was on
Temple Show. If you have any information about this I would
appreciate receiving it as I was fortunate enough to have met him at
time. I still remember how I felt when I looked into his eyes and
felt transported to a place that was far away.
believe that it was sometime in the time frame of 1954-1956 as I was
7 or 8 years of age. I was attending St. Mary's Parochial School
in Alexandria at the time and resided on Ashton Street. I recall
my grandmother permitting me to watch shows which my mother would never
have let me watch (for her own reasons). I sent a card in and was
fortunate enough to have my name drawn to join Mr. Temple in the
I remember wearing my western hat and feeling pretty special at that
just by being one of those chosen to participate in his show. ...
tell Mr. Temple's son that I thank him for sharing his memories of his
father with so many of us who admired him if only from the confines of
our living rooms.
really enjoy your web site. I have a brief story about Cap'n
I just want to mention that I was looking at the Tugg page, when I
a photo "courtesy of Richard Cook of The
Glen Echoes". I know Richard -- in fact, I'm the tenor in his
quartet: The Glen Echoes!
world! (Click the GlenEchoes link
by the photo, and you'll see what we look like.)
Tugg for years. I can't tell you exactly when -- my sense
of chronology is poor. One thing that has stuck with me for years, and
I suppose always will, is how Commander Salamander announced himself on
the radio: "This is Commander Salamander of the Coast Guard -- we guard
the coast, you know."
website is the greatest!! There's so much in it I'd forgotten about,
then to see so many of those faces again & have the memory click
just great. I actually got your website from my sister, who's still in
the DC area, and I don't know where she got it from. But what a treat!
Thanks for doing it all. It hadn't occurred to me that so much of that
ephemera (buttons, stickers off the end of bread loaf wrappers, etc.)
turn into a trove for memorabilia collectors, but why not?
the way, my favorite radio shows were the Joy
Boys and (well before them) "The Man Who Owns Midnight--Steve
who did a live remote broadcast over (I think) WWDC-AM from a table in
a nightclub (the name of which escapes me) and took phone calls from
via 7-second tape delay. He was a sleazeball, probably, but it all
so sophisticated and adventurous!! Any idea whatever happened to
I did radio briefly in the area, starting in the mid 60s at WMUC,
at WASH and WFMD. And I"m not done browsing your website yet, not by
means. Thanks again & best wishes.
was a cameraman on WMAL-7's "The Black Phantom". It was broadcast live
(pre-videotape) from the Ice Palace at 4461 Connecticut Ave.
Phantom was named Guy I. Aylward. He was a staff announcer who came out
of the booth and into "makeup" when needed. I remember that Guy and his
big cape were prone on a long table with a big fan blowing in his face
for the closing shot.
flying effect could be enhanced by tossing talcum powder into the fan
a nice cloud look...
you ever hear the legendary story of the "Dead Monkey" that has been
around broadcast gatherings for nearly fifty years?
real deal happened on Tom Willette's show at the "Ice Palace". This
I'm in the control room (video control) with director Charlie Stopak
the gang. The show is about 80% kids movies and 20% live cut ins
with Tom and guests.
are in a film segment and Tom is almost ready in the studio with the
guest (Woman with a monkey, dressed and treated like an infant).
Film segment runs out in one minute, but there is a PROBLEM...
monkey just died in the woman's arms.
in the control room "What will we do?" all over the place. So I
to Stopak with the immortal suggestion "Tell her to stick her hand up
monkeys ass and work it like a puppet".
you walk past 4461 Connecticut Avenue on a dark night, you can
hear the laughter.
the show Time
For Science... Mr. Drummond taught at Thomas Jefferson
Elementary School (formerly Oak Street School) in Falls Church,
My older sister was in his class (the seventh grade, I believe) in
I recall his name being "T. Darrell Drummond".
left the DC area and returned in 1960, when Time
For Science was on
air. As the budding geek of my seventh grade class, I was given
enormous responsibility of setting up the TV set in the auditorium for
each broadcast. I don't recall the broadcast channel, but I do
that it was produced by GWETA (Greater Washington Educational
Association). Mr. Drummond became an instant celebrity in
class - partially because of the content of the show; and partially
the show permitted us to watch TV in the middle of the school
He was held in such high esteem that nobody would believe that a mere
such as me, could have met him.
sister would have tales of his sense of humor, and I recall one TV
that reflected this. The experiment involved food of some sort,
he had brought some along in a paper lunch bag. As he was using
care to remove the food from the bag, the announcer mimicked the
of the show and announced this portion of the program as "Time for
(along with the appropriate text titles and the familiar theme
years and years, I had been waiting to go on the Bozo Show -- since I
or 10. Well... my wish to get on a TV show came true when I received a
letter in the Fall of 1960 informing me that I was going to be on the Bozo Show, only it was "the Bozo Show with Cousin
Cupcake"! Boy, was I
disappointed! All these years anticipating the fame of being on Bozo,
then to get selected for a Saturday morning with his Cuz. Not only
I was now 13 years old. How could I possibly go on live TV with a bunch
of 8, 9, and 10 year olds?
be damned! I was going on TV!
bright and early Saturday morning, I got up, washed, and carefully
my crisp Boy Scout uniform with my sash containing all my hard-earned
badges. I was resplendent!
Dad dropped me off at the studios and said he'd pick me up in about two
hours or so. Even my Dad couldn't bear the embarrassment of being seen
with me in that environment. Can't blame him.
I trooped on in with my letter in-hand and was directed to a kind of
area along with a bunch of "little kids." I stood at least a head
than anyone else on the show, with the exception of Cousin
were all led into the studio and I was amazed at all the bright lights
and the heat they generated. I could see where the cameras were and I
-- as best I could -- positioned myself so that I could be picked up in
the background. As I recall, the studio area was set up like a circus
with a ring platform down in front. This was where Cousin
where he spoke with the kids.
only real part of the show that has a profound memory impact was when
invited me up to the front with him and we had an actual dialog about
merit badges and my neckerchief slide (a carved Indian head which I had
hand-painted). I got my TV fame!
siblings watched all this on TV at home. Later they told me they were
on the floor laughing because I looked so silly as a big boy among all
those little kids. I could not have cared less. I was a TV star as far
as I was concerned.
retrospect, I probably set the record as the oldest kid to be on the
I am still disappointed to this day that I only got to be on the Cousin
Cupcake Show and not Big-Time Bozo's.
was a lot of fun, nevertheless.
site is fantastic! Keep up the great work. Those of us native
really appreciate all the nostalgia and grey-matter jogging. Thanks.
27 Aug 2002
just discovered this website on the Pick
Temple Show, and have been
for the last hour. The memories others have submitted certainly
created a flood of my own. I particularly enjoyed the details
those who experienced the show first-hand, live, because I never was
of the "peanut gallery", though a couple of little boys were who lived
next door. It was fascinating to hear how it all was put
Thank you for sharing! I loved the show as much as anyone, that's
for sure. I'm quite sure I watched it every day. I'd like
add a post-script, so to speak.
1959 my parents bought a new home in a brand-new neighborhood in Silver
Spring, Md. It was a model (there were 3) and those 3 homes were
the only ones in the subdivision called "Kemp Mill". We were the
first family to move in. Though the development escalated over
next few years into a huge one, for a while it was mostly woods around
us, with very few homes. A couple of blocks from our house was a
large farm, actually a horse farm. It had to have been at least
acres, and it backed up to Wheaton Regional Park. An old
stood in the middle of the property, and there were riding lessons
some fenced corrals, and lots of trails to ride on. It was heaven
for me. I was 10 years old.
one of the ponies boarded at this farm was Piccolo. I remember him
being quite the celebrity; we all loved it when his handler would come
up and take him out of the stall so we could get a good look. He was a
tiny grey Shetland - awfully cute, but I can tell you he was indeed a
little guy. It was known around the stable that you weren't to put your
hands near his face, because he would definitely bite. He also
an annoying habit of walking closely behind you and stepping on the
of your shoes or boots! And he was stubborn. I always
at how well-behaved he appeared on the show! I would have given
at the time to have been one of the lucky kids to ride his "musical
and say "Hi, everybody else!" I always remembered Pick's final
of wisdom on each show, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do
What wonderful memories! Thanks for the opportunity to
be able to share them with others who also enjoyed those carefree,
Temple's son, comments: "The
recollections of Piccolo are absolutely right on the money. I
his name was actually Tony, Piccolo was his 'stage name'. And he was
Dad had to really hold his reins at times to keep him from nipping at
kids, and more than once he bit or stepped on Dad. But, Dad being
the consummate professional, no kid ever knew, and neither did the
However, we certainly heard the stories when we sat down to dinner that
23 Aug 2002
found your site about DC children's show to be fantastic and a great
to one who holds those days dear. I was on the Cindy
Lou Show with my
Scout Den. Lee
Reynolds lived near us in Old Town Alexandria and my Mom
knew him. She was our Den Mother, so that is probably how we got on as
Show was sponsored by "Flav-r Straws" and I got picked to do a
The straws were filled with flavored powder and you dunked them in milk
'tll the milk turned chocolate or strawberry or whatever. I did not
milk very much, and the milk they had us drink had been sitting out
the TV lights and was very warm. I did not care for it. For some
I got a huge cardboard facsimile of a kid sucking on a Flav-r Straw,
I left it behind.
of the things Cindy would have the kids do was shoot at these plastic
with a ping-pong ball gun. The object was to hit "The Old Red Rooster"
It seemed a fairly hectic exercise. Another highlight was this quick
thing. All the kids had weapons and some of us were chosen to "draw"
each other. The kid who killed everyone else won some prizes. It is my
opinion that I should have been that child, however; the prize went to
one Bucky Hayden. (buttered his holster) I think the reason he won was
because I messed up that Flav-r Straw gig.
The show was at night and on the way down in the elevator I stepped on
the foot of Bob Wolfe, the guy who broadcast the Senator's games on TV.
He did not hit me, but I could tell he was pissed off.
had been telling people Pick
Temple stories for years, but no one
or they grew-up in another area. I started playing the guitar
the time Pick went off the air. Looking at your site, I remember that
did some extremely cool tunes, some of which I still play. It was
that Mr.Temple really loved music and trains, for he would sing the
lyric regardless if the cowboy or engineer was shot or boiled. I doubt
that you would see such a thing today.
Temple's cow was called "Ickums" and certain kids on that show were
to blaze away at the old outlaw and later they shot balloons which some
guy with a sharp object had to pop from behind.
am trying to remember something about Jackson
Weaver. There was a
show where they had these puppets, and one was called Wackson
They were more like hand puppets than Muppets. It might have been
the show where Weaver played the clown.
there were two clowns “Wee Gee” and his brother "O-gee". I think
that one of them didn’t speak and they alternated days. Another
about that show was the clowns played cartoons, but instead of a sound
track, they would use classical music. I don’t know if it was a
issue or what. The cartoons were old black and white and starred
that Farmer Alfalfa guy. They mostly seemed to be about a running
battle he was having with mice. He would build something, and the
mice would knock it down. He’d get a cat and the mice would beat
it up. Kind of rodent slapstick.
Clowns had a theme song with the words:
am such a funny clown
like to ramble round and round
Circus is my home
never care to roam...." (fade out to circus music.)
it is possible that Bozo sang that, but I think it was the Jackson
Reynolds guy was in a lot of stuff. I did not realize that
Jingle Dingle thing was a franchise. Jingle D was a very strange
marionette. He had this little stage with this thing called “The
Tell-a-Bell”. He would sing a song that went: "Jingle Dingle, Jingle
Let’s hear what the Tell-a-Bell says today.” There were these
lights on the back of the stage that were supposed to represent clouds.
(Like Cloud 9 and Cloud 3.) Jingle would take reports from the
who conversed with him by their light coming on and someone ringing an
electric bell to mimic a sort of code. Then Mr. Dingle would tell
us what it all meant weather-wise and sign off with: “Jingle Dingle
day, that’s what the Tell-a-Bell has to say.” (Big finish)
I think kids disliked JD as much as they did Mr. Bluster.
sure that there are many more memories locked in this site and, since I
never put off until tomorrow what I can do today, I must go find them.
finalist in the "Cindy Lou Quick Draw Contest."
still think that other kid "buttered" his holster)
you remember "Astro Snacks", a locally produced variation of Twinkies
was promoted heavily on WTTGs Countdown
Carnival with acted segments
Captain Astro? He had a silver space suit with a spherical transparent
helmet, but there was a big opening in the front of it so that we would
be able to hear him speak.
the additional actors would be a couple of kids in a lunch room
"Captain Astro!!!" when Captain Astro made the scene. But there was at
least one production in which the extra was one of the Gormly
(It might have been A.C. Sparks.)
jingle foor the product was in the form of a pledge, which was recited
with right hand upheld, I think:
my lunchbox will always be,
delicious Astro Snack for me.
for my pal to share,
always see that both are there.
after school I'll always eat
favorite Astro Snackin' treat!"
Carnival also aired a serial called Jungle Girl, which was filmed in
Saturday-at-the-movies style. Yes, Jungle Girl was cute. It always
to me like there was a note of sly appreciation in Bill
when he was giving the intro just before they cut to the Jungle Girl
once sent a joke in to Bill
Gormly's show ("What do you call a bird
has been run over by a lawn mower? Shredded tweet.") He sent me an
picture, but I didn't realize that it meant that the joke would be
(I doubt if the picture lasted more than a few months.)
couple of weeks later I was watching and, completely by surprise, there
was Mr. Poucher doing my joke with Bill
Gormly as straight man. (Mr.
was at the other end of a magneto crank phone, I think.) It was the
thrilling moment of my entire life. I can still picture Bill
the earpiece back in the cradle, smirking as if in true disgust, and
saying "...shredded ..tweet." I'll never forget the excitement.
think that Bill
Gormly was absolutely brilliant, like New Jersey's
Floyd" Vivino, but without the sleaze. (On the other hand)
I thought that the Bill
Johnson show was strange. The way I recall it, Bill
Johnson and the set of his show were just a wrapper around one
cartoon and one Three
Stooges production, but he himself didn't do
entertaining, and it didn't look like a kid show.
set was nothing more than a giant 'B' suspended three feet off the
and a 'J' standing on the floor. During the opening music, he would be
hiding behind the staff of the 'J'. Then he would take one step to our
left/his right so that he was standing in front of the hook of the 'J',
which he would use as a podium. He would just stand there like a news
and introduce the cartoons and the Stooges ("Today, for your Looney
cartoon, it's Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in...") How bizarre.
Johnson's giant 'B' later showed up on Countdown
upright but sideways on the floor so that the lobes were pointing down.
It was supposed to be Mr. Scratch's vending machine and they did some
unpredictable vending machine" gags.
is a great site.
this day I still carry a dog-eared photo of Bill
Gormly as "Uncle Clyde" in my wallet
for the memories.
name is Robert Hunnicutt and my dad, Mike Hunnicutt was a kid show host
in the early '50s.
I remember, he featured the Little Rascals and also showed some old
movies - Buster Keaton, for example and he played the piano along with
the film and did a humorous narrative.
on, as I recall, he had Wilkins coffee as a sponsor and they had the
appearance of Kermit the frog doing the Wilkins ad. ... My dad
that Kermit would never go anywhere. Ha!
was on weekdays, mid-day and sometimes, when I came home from school
lunch, I would watch. We lived in Spring Valley, just behind
University and I went to Horace Mann Elementary School about a 10
or 15 minute bike ride.
guess I was in about the 4th or 5th grade. Maybe even the 6th
during this time. ...
For Science. I was a student at R.E. Lee Elementary
in Alexandria, and we were allowed to watch the show on a special TV.
theme for the show was either Pomp and Circumstance or Clark's Trumpet
Voluntary. (Whichever, it is the one the play at graduation
The instructor was Prof. Darrel Drummond. He was a nerdy science sort
horn rimmed glasses and a high pitched voice, nothing like Mr. Wizard.
I loved the show. Part of it was the novelty of watching TV in school,
but Prof Drummond knew his stuff. If I remember correctly, it was
physical science. I remember to this day though, why you can drive a
with a hammer but not your fist, and that a whole stalk of celery
very little bulk, once the water is removed. Darrel showed this by
chewing up a bunch of celery and spitting out the remains into a spoon.
That's the kind of lesson you remember. I also learned about mnemonics
and how "Roy G. Biv" lets you remember the colors in the visible
noticed in the Hoppity
Skippity site there was no mention made of the
talking to the cartoon king on his special elongated telephone. Also,
had a kid's art gallery where he would display pictures sent in by his
(so-called) "fans". I question "fans", as a great deal of the drawings
would show a crudely rendered bunny with a knife cutting or a
gunning him followed by the words: "You are not a real live rabbit!!"
course, the game bunny would assure us that he was, in fact, that very
lied. I saw him live at a trade show held at the roller rink and you
see his zipper big time. It was a great rabbit suit though and it has
me to watch that "Harvey" film with J. Stewart lots of times because I
am sure Harvey looks just that way.
older sister claims that Hoppity
Skippity was in her bedroom one night
and when she saw him he put his finger to his lips and said "Shush." I
think she was having a dream, but she still sticks to the tale and she
is almost 60 years of age. Go figure.
26 Jul 2002
was searching the Internet for Ranger
Hal and I found your site. On
2 of the Ranger
Hal section, you have a photo of my father, Henry
(aka Henry Baran), who was Ranger Hal in Jacksonville!
knew about the original RH up here, and saw him on TV when we visited
who lived here. My Dad's show was on WJXT, Channel 4, from
He had no competition for the morning children's market: the other
in town (there were only 2 commercial stations most of those years) had
an afternoon kids' show.
started in 1949, and when they had a 50th anniversary special in 1999
had a few seconds of "Ranger Hal" clips. We were pretty
On the one hand he was big in Jacksonville -- but on the other hand his
show ran only 11 years out of the 50. (WJXT recently became a
affiliate station, and the brief "history" page on their Web site
mention Ranger Hal. It's easy to understand. But it seems
who was a teenager in North Florida for those years remembers him.)
Dad really enjoyed doing the show, as well as all of the other things
go with being a local celebrity, such as visiting new shopping malls
hospitals, and "exploring" the many attractions around Florida, which
filmed and showed during his show. He was very professional
role. I remember that he told me his philosophy was to treat
audience like they were young adults instead of little
Needless to say, we were proud of him.
died in Jacksonville in 1979 of a health problem (inoperable tumor on
Dave's web site dedicated to his Dad at: http://members.cox.net/rangerhaljax)
22 Jul 2002
was totally blown away by your Web site. I have vivid memories of
afternoons absorbed in watching Cap'n
Tugg, Bozo, Miss
Hal, and Cousin
didn't realize how much history my family shared with Cousin
parents and Bob
Porter knew each other from community theater back in
late 50s and early 60s (the Fairfax Players). I'm sure that is how my
got the tickets for my sister and I to appear on his show, as well as
Bozo. I have bragging rights to sitting on Willard
was somewhere between the ages of 5 and 7 when I was on both shows. I
to stare into the camera, then glance at the TV monitor and
was also on Pick
Temple's Giant Ranch. ... I remember receiving the
Food goodie bag after the show and standing in line to meet Pick. I
him that I got a haircut, which was probably two weeks before the show,
but it was news anyway. He replied that he also got his hair cut. For
brief moment, me and the Pick bonded and I was absolutely thrilled by
what may have been the biggest influence in my childhood was "The
of Pow Wow" cartoons, shown on Countdown
Carnival and I think Cap'n
too. My fixation on Native Americans was so intense that I drove my
absolutely nuts. Maybe because growing up in white bread suburban
Virginia, Pow Wow was so exotic to me. I wanted black hair and brown
so I can look like an Indian though I had light brown (now gray) hair
blue eyes. I thought the feathers and fringes were so cool and I wanted
to learn to play a drum. I've been a drummer for almost a decade now,
I owe most of it to Pow Wow.
for bringing back all those memories for me.
05 Jul 2002
web page! Maybe you should put Mike Fury in the list along
were kid shows in the 70s and 60s too.
remember the "Beth and Bower" show (I always thought Beth was a babe
great looks like Grace Kelly). I remember her last name being
and always wondered whether she was related to Benedict. :-)
you should ever one day meet her, tell her that one of her fans thought
she was one hot babe and ask if she was ever related to Benedict
always wanted to know! :-)
was fortunate enough to have been on the Pick
Temple show and really
reading all these memories.
was very excited the day I got dressed in my cowboy clothes and Dad
me to the show. I was so excited that when the elevator door
to take us up to the studio I charged in before the people could get
The elevator operator snatched me up and gave me a stern lecture that I
should always let people get OFF the elevator before I get on. A lesson
many folks have yet to learn, I try to teach this fine point of
today to those who might listen.
chastened, I went up to the studio. I remember being sternly
before the show that if anyone sang "My favorite bread's Bond" instead
of "My favorite bread's Heidi", they would be kicked off the
Convinced me to be good!
of the games played on the show was 'Pass the Spinach'; a version
'Hot Potato' with a tie-in to the Popeye cartoons. I was
get in the circle and Pass the Spinach, (A can of Giant Spinach, I'm
One by one, the other kids were eliminated from the game and it was
me and another kid. Luck was with me that day and I won! Boy
I proud! TWO free cartons of Heidi ice cream! I
to the Giant on South Capitol Street, across from Eastover Shopping
and getting two cartons of orange sherbert with my coupons.
Temple sure had a great show. It really made me feel special to be on
It's nice to relive these memories. Now, if only Giant would have some
of those delicious hard chocolate chip cookies in the yellow bag the
time I visit DC...
for this great site,
I looked up your web site via my Yahoo search for Pick
of seeing the buttons featured on the cover of the Post's 125th
father owned the Bethesda Pet Foods and Supplies shop across the Street
from the Zephyr restaurant, in a space that is now Tempo Books, just
the hill from Channel 9. (Count's Western Wear eventually
next door and finally took over my dad's space when he went out of
understanding is that Pick
Temple bought Lady from my dad and that for
years afterwards Pick would have my father's mynah birds,
and other exotic animals on the show to help promote the pet
sister landed in the Peanut Gallery, but every year I filled out the
and every year I remained unlucky. Part of me regrets not being one of
"Pick's Giant Rangers" to this day. ...
mother was on the Pick
Temple show in the '50s. She had always talked
it because she was able to stand upfront and whistle for the camera.
you for putting this together so now I know what the show looked like.
05 Jun 2002
thought of another DC area kids' show this morning that I haven't yet
mentioned on your site. It was called "The Black Phantom" and featured
a guy in a dark Batman-like outfit who stood in one spot (there was no
set that I can recall; it looked like the show was being broadcast from
an alley) and introduced two episodes of a cliffhanger serial that ran
during the program.
first serial he showed was THE BLACK WIDOW and featured this sinister
woman who disposed of her enemies by siccing her black widow spider on
them. There was another serial he showed after THE BLACK WIDOW ran its
course, but I don't recall the title. When that second serial was over,
they showed THE BLACK WIDOW again.
sisters and I totally freaked on THE BLACK WIDOW, so seeing the same
play again didn't faze us one bit.
only departure from this format came when The Black Phantom welcomed a
bunch of guys who did martial arts to the show. There was some sort of
"judo" demonstration that day; I was convinced that The Black Phantom
have been these guys' teacher. He seemed to be ordering them around
he knew them.
about all I remember about the show. I looked up THE BLACK WIDOW in
collectors' magazines, (I'm a 16mm film collector), and the general
is that it's one of the cheesiest serials ever made. Still, I wouldn't
mind one more look at that huge black spider crawling out of the little
hinged box on the back of the chair that the Black Widow sat her
in and witnessing the instantaneous, horrible death that ensued. My
and I LOVED that.
be interested in knowing if anyone else out there in TV land remembers
a trip down memory lane! It was a real jolt to find your
the info on Sam
24 May 2002
Site. Discovered it while Googling for Pick
lived in the DC area '53-'55, '57-'61, '69-'70, '74-'76, so things were
different every time I tuned in. Except for Pick
in the Philadelphia area from '61-'64 and Pick moved to there.
my family got its first TV in '53, I watched several afternoon
One of them featured a man in pirate costume (maybe it was a gypsy
He was and artist who would draw on giant pad to provide illustrations
while telling (or reading) a story. One time he did the
Penzance, I think it took him weeks to do the whole operetta.
to call him Pirate Pete, but I have no real recollection who he
I don't remember whichstation, but I am going to guess WMAL.
this ring a bell with anyone?
J. R. Weber
13 May 2002
very first job was with Romper
Room in Baltimore from
Among my responsibilities were those of "Production Manager," meaning
I worked closely with many of the teachers across the country in
them the scripts and materials they needed on a daily basis to present
their live programs (and that went out weekly to more 100 different
I worked closely with Bert and Nancy Claster, as well as their daughter
Sally when she became teacher for the local Baltimore
the early '60s, the "Animal Friends" segment needed to be
Bert Claster purchased a Bolex 16mm, 3-lens movie camera (rather
at the time) and my job was to create a number of filmed pieces
different animals. On many occasions, I would drive to the
Zoo in DC and start filming. I would drop off the exposed
a lab in Baltimore, on the way home, for processing. Then I
pick up the developed rolls of film and take them back to the Claster
and edit the segments together using the good old technique of cutting
the film with a razor, scraping the emulsion off one piece, then gluing
the two pieces together, praying that the splice would hold.
went back to the lab and had 100+ film copies made of each
These aired all over the country as "Animal Friends."
thing I did that impacted all the shows had to do with the infamous
Mirror. I went to a film producer in Baltimore (I believe his
was Max Brecker) and looked at a number of film effects he
picked one that looked kind of hallucinogenic with a changing swirl of
colors eminating from the center. Once again, we duplicated
piece of 16mm film and sent it to all the stations. This is
millions of kids saw as they held their collective breath, hoping to
their names spoken.
mirrors, incidentally, were purchased from a local barber supply
Our two shipping clerks in the basement would periodically cover a
of mirrors in Elmer's glue, sprinkle sparkles all over them, then let
dry. Voila! Magic Mirrors.
just wanted to send along a note to express how great I think
site is. Other than in "Jim Henson: The Works", I don't think I've seen
such extensive coverage on Sam
& Friends anywhere else. Thanks for
making this available to the public.
best friend and I were hanging out at the the Old Thieve's Market south
of Alexandria. We were moving from booth to booth, looking at
the cool stuff when my friend John hollered out.
went over to see what he had found, we both had instantly recognized
set of Pick
Temple. Canvas on a wood frame. It was just
a wall with a bunch of other stuff piled in front of it. As I
back, it seemed so sad.
still open tomato paste cans the way Pick used to open the dog food
for his pooch. Open both ends, push the goop out, remove the
did he get his silver saddle studs to play all those songs?
Temples son comments: "How
anyone remember how Dad opened dogfood cans? It's correct, of
but it is amusing how things like that make impressions we carry with
When Ken-L-Ration was a sponsor, Dad indeed did feed Lady and he did
open both ends, as he taught me to do."
8 Mar 2002
love your DC kids' program web page. I grew up around Washington so I
many of these programs including Ranger
Tugg, Bozo with Willard Scott and others. I also loved to listen to
and Ed on the Joy
Boys radio show.
was on the Pick
Temple program. I don't have much recollection of it
of my young age at the time. I do remember wearing my cowboy hat and
My father worked for the federal government but also worked for Giant
Because of that, I couldn't enter any of the contests on Pick's show as
Giant was his sponsor. This annoyed me to no end.<G> I
contest that they had to name the pony.
the whole Muscular Dystrophy carnival thing began, WTTG said that any
who gave a carnival would be able to appear on tv. So many kids did
the station had to block out several hours of time for a number of days
to get all these kids on.
Johnson was the host for this. My friend and I gave a carnival so we
to appear on tv. We decided that it would be great fun to take a squirt
gun with us, pull it out while Bill was interviewing us and shoot him
it. Fortunately, my mother found the squirt gun before we left home so
Bill was spared this ordeal.
WTTG studios were located in the Hotel Raleigh. My mother, my friend
I took the bus downtown to the studios (we lived in the Maryland
can remember waiting in the studio that held Cap'n
Tugg was one of the programs that I watched so the appearance
the boat was kind of a disappointment to me. Miss
Connie from Romper
walked thru the studio on her way out and all the kids screamed when
we got to go on the air with Bill who talked to us for probably 1 - 1
minutes. He asked the usual things - our names, where we lived, how
money we raised, etc.
Bill laughed when my friend told him that
he lived in District Heights and I told him that I lived in Suitland so
we had to explain that we only lived a few blocks apart even though in
different towns. While he was talking to us I was looking at Bill's
because he had the greatest looking teeth I had ever seen. Very white
straight. After it was over we went out to get something to eat and
the bus for back home.
much for putting up this web site as it brought back many fond
The attached photo was taken of me when we had just returned home from
the Pick Temple program. (CLICK
TO SEE PHOTO FULL-SIZE)
5 Feb 2002
a great memory!
had vague recollections
& His Pals, and some more concrete ones, such as the
my mother and I were having lunch at a drug store soda fountain
in the same building that on Connecticut Avenue the housed the WMAL TV
studios. My eyes popped out of my head, because there sitting down the
counter from us was Pete in that red and white striped coat. I was too
shy to go up and say hello, but I remember that moment like it was
for the other strong
memory...the theme song was what I believed to be called "Orpheus in a
Jam" also known as the Can-Can song.
again for filling
in the blanks for me about this show I loved sooo much!
happened to stumble upon your site while trying to research the topic
below. Really brings back old memories.
attended St Mary's Elementary School in the city of
1958 to 1961. During school hours there was a TV program
For Science that was aimed at elementary school age kids and we were
to watch during our science class. I thought it was aired on channel 5,
but can't find any info on this show. I was on an episode of
program in 1959 demonstrating a science project and was wondering if
tape of that show would still be available.
information about this program would be greatly appreciated.
Temple (the cowboy) a DC-area show? I remember my older
appeared as one of the guest kids. There was a pony, "Piccolo," and
kids were selected to ride him at some point during each
also remember that the commercial sponsor was often Ipana toothpaste
of my worst memories was going to meet Cap'n
Tugg at Glen Echo
Park. I was very young, and the meet-and-greet was
My dad stood with me in line, and when it finally became my turn to
Tugg in person, I froze out of fear... he had a long, fake
that poked out -- I was really frightened by his appearance!
to say, the family members at home were both disappointed and amused as
the camera showed me standing there with a look of
on my face. <g>
on your DC kids show site and I really enjoyed it! I had
all about those "Astrofloat" gizmos LOL.
those of us who grew up around here, this is a wonderful site.
had one question, though: I was trying to locate some of the old TV
from the DC area, ones showing the local shows like the ones you
as well as nationally syndicated shows. Any ideas? It would be great to
browse through some of the old grids of the mid 1960s and early 1970s.
in advance and once again, thanks for this great site for DC area
replies: "If you still reside in the DC area, you can visit the Library
of Congress or DC's Martin Luther King Memorial Library (The
Room) for access to microfiled copies of the TV grids from the Star or
Post going back to the dawn of television. Each library has printers
to the microfilm readers to allow you to make hard copies for a modest
fee per page."
is a great website. I grew up in Silver Spring and remember
Hal. That was such a touching tribute to him. I remember Miss
Room also. A coworker of mine even danced on the
Grant Show. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this
I hope Willard Scott gets a chance to see it. I remember him
McDonald. He hosted the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade one
your DC kidshow memories to:
state that you give permission for Kaptain Kidshow to reproduce your
on his web site.
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