Looking for help on the name of a show that my sister and I used to
watch in the early morning by the heater and under a blanket. It was a
sci-fi type of show where these people would live underground and save
the world. We lived in the Maryland area. It must have been on WTTG or
It was in the late 50's around 1957. It was more like a Buck Rogers series, Ths ship that landed on the planet was a rickity old space ship
on really poor graphics by todays standards. It was in black and
white.They would get off the ship and take an elevator down below the
surface after their mission. Sometimes they were invaded and have to
recapture their home.
It was not animated. They wore space suits at times and lived
underground when returning from a mission. My sister and I both
remember it well.
Fri, 24 Dec 2004
This site brings back wonderful memories from my childhood. My mother took me on a streetcar to appear on the Pick
Show. We sat in the bleachers. One or two lucky children were always
chosen to come up front and say hi to their families. They said, "Hi,
Mom; Hi, Dad." And then the cow would go "Moo!" That meant the kids'
time was up.
Thu, 16 Dec 2004
I am one of Pick
Temple's Great Nephews. My family loves your site and I frequent it often. ...
My Uncle Charlie (Pick's Nephew from Tucson) sent me one of Uncle
Pick's guitars the other day as a big surprise. It was
reconditioned over the last year or so in a large humidor type of place
in Arizona. We live here in Maryland and my Uncle thought it
would be in good hands here and since the humidity here is a bit higher
than there, he figured it would be better preserved here. ... Click to see more photos.
I already have two of Pick's records framed, so I guess my Uncle
Charlie thought I could add it to my wall of fame. My Grandfather
is sending me a glass that he has with Uncle Pick on it as well.
My grandparents have a bunch of old pics as well that I am looking
forward to scanning one of these days.
When the guitar arrived the other day, I got a chill of excitement up
my spine and it brought back a lot of good memories for me. It's
often that I run into people in the Washington Metro area where we live
that are around my Dad's age that were on the show and remember him
fondly. It always makes me smile.
Michael Weisel, Gaithersburg, MD
Mon, Dec 6 2004
I am a former child host of Newsbag ('80s). I was looking up
something on the internet and stumbled upon this site. I am
curious what other information you have about Newsbag and what ever
happened with this show.
I would love to provide you with as much information about Newsbag I
can remember, from a then 13 year old kid. I was on the show for
about a year around '81-'82. The producer at the time was Paul
Smith. I don't remember the directors name.
a kid, I was always interested in television and at 12, I remember
getting the phone number for WTTG and calling them myself inquiring
about how I could get on "Newsbag". Here I was, this naive 12
year old, who was immediately put on the phone with the producer.
I was asked to come in for an interview. I remember we had to
bring in a current events article of interest to read on the set.
I guess I did a decent job, because I was hired. I think after a
year or so, they liked to get fresh faces, so my tenure was a little
over a year.
This started my true love of television, in fact, I continue to work in
the industry in a different capacity. Boy, would I love to be
able to do the show again today, with all the advanced technologies
that weren't available to us at the time. We didn't use prompters
and boy did it show. We really didn't have any proper coaching
and that showed too. But, I guess the show was local and we all
had a certain innocence that you don't see on broadcast television
today. I often think how wonderful it would be to produce a
similiar product today with a much more professional and updated
feel. I guess Linda Ellerbee had the right idea in her approach
to current events for kids.
The hosts at the time were: Kimberly Maher. Phill Lewis, Augie Cruz and Lauren Targoff.
The show was produced at WTTG in I believe what is now their Fox
newsroom/studio. I still can hear the intro and promo music in my
head. Tim Medina used to sign for the hearing impaired in the
bottom of the screen.
I am not sure about Kim or Augie, what they have moved on to, but I do
know that Phill Lewis is an actor, who had a prominent role in City
Slickers and I believe has done many other things, but my facts aren't
Sun, 5 Dec 2004
My name is John Krausse and my family lived in Arlington, Va from 8/60 to 8/64. ...
came to visit my school in early '62. It was a Saturday morning
at St. Anne School and all the kids were lined up in the auditorium to
take turns sitting next to him for a minute. I was scared
to death at first, but he put me at ease. Our conversation went
like this: B: What's your name little boy? J: Johnny
Krausse B: Well Johnny Krausse, you're a mouse!
I laughed at this brilliant tidbit of information, then we beeped noses
and it was over.
Fantail were apparently discussing what they were going to take on a
picnic lunch. Fantail said : "And gooseliver
sandwiches!" We then turned and asked Mom what
gooseliver was and she replied "Why, that's liverwurst. You eat
it all the time." We let out a collective "EWWWWW!!!!!!!"
and never touched liverwurst again.
My only memory of PJ's
was his conversations with "Mr. Claw". Mr. Claw was one of
those rubber horror gloves with the hairy warts, etc... He
would poke out of a square trap door or hole in a regular door and P.J.
would have a "conversation" with him. Unfortunately, Mr.
Claw couldn't talk. He would move around and grunt like a
wild animal instead, but you could kind of understand what he was
trying to say.
I stumbled onto your site by accident and it was a very pleasant surprise. I almost cried when I saw Ranger
Hal. It's been over 40 years since I've even thought of the dude.
John in Brownsville, TX
Thu, 2 Dec 2004
Just happened to find your Web Site. I grew up in the D.C. area, and was on Ranger
Hal twice, and Pick
once. Do you know if there is an archives that would have the old video
tapes of these shows? - I would love to be able to show my
kids! What an absolutely SUPER Web site. Thanks fo the
Mon, 29 Nov 2004
Growing up in Bethesda from 1961 to well now, I suppose I am amazed at seeing Captain
again... I am interested in the show called Wing Ding.... there was a
particular song that was on it once...it has stuck in my head since
'69, or '70... All I remember is that is had the refrain "girl" in it,
and it had shots of a guy looking for a girl in and around a fortress,
like Ft McHenry... Ring any bells out there ? Anyone ? Might have been
a local group, or someone like the Sandpipers.
By the way, I won a gerbil race once... Always bet on Ultraman, and I won a bike.
Do you remember Ranger
Hal? I was on that show too.
best and keep up the fab site
brian and sherri gross
in poolesville maryland
Wed, 17 Nov 2004
What was Pick
Temple's horse's name? The pony was Piccolo but what was his horse's name?????
Kap responds: I posed your question to Pick
Temple's son, Park, and here's his answer:
"Wonder of wonders - I
know the name. His registered name - he was a thoroughbred - was
Van Philip, and he was known as Phil.
How did I know?
I am going through my family's photos and sorting out scenery from the
real pictures. I found Dad's annotation of a few pictures of Phil
being groomed for the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1960,
including a picture of Dave Swetnam, who was Phil's owner."
17 Nov 2004
I grew up
in the DC area and was there from 1948 to 1967. I'm 56 years old
and living in Sacramento, California. I went to Thomas Edison
High in Alexandria, Virginia.
in 1967 from Edison. Two years ago, we celebrated our 35th
reunion in Tyson's Corner, Virginia. Well, the topic of
conversation was the Pick
Temple show. Many of us including
myself appeared on the show, I even won a price shooting a dart gun or
arrow, can't remember which it was now. But I remember the prize,
it was a cake!
I guess my
question is, do any tapes remain, is it possible to get a video of any
of the shows? I must
have been on the show in the late 50's, that would have made me about
10 years old, does that sound right?
"Sadly, I'm not aware of any of the thousands of programs that Pick
Temple hosted that were preserved. Almost all of them were performed
Sun, 14 Nov
Mansfield lived in Cheverly, Maryland. What I remember about him
most is that he would visit elementary schools in Prince George County,
MD and give talks about traffic safety. Dick always dressed in
the uniform of an officer on the Metropolitan Police Dept., located in
Wash., D. C. While he spoke he would draw examples to show us
children what he was talking about. Before ending his talk Dick
would recruit all of the children to become "Safety Cavaliers" and we
would sing a song "We're all Safety Cavaliers, we use our eyes and
ears......". Each child would receive a "Safety Cavalier"
button(s) to wear on outer garment. I remember his show, on local
TV station WTTG in Washington, D. C., as being very similar to his
presentations he made at schools.
Wed, 3 Nov
Love 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 that received BOTH Washington, DC and Baltimore stations. So I
grew up on two very creative and wonderful TV personalities; Dick Dyszel of Captain 20 & Creature Feature on WDCA TV-20 and
George Lewis of Captain
Chesapeake & Ghost Host on WBFF TV-45.
I am a collector on these shows and am in desperate search for
mementos, collectibles, handouts, photos... ANYTHING related to the
shows listed above. If you have something, even if it's not for sale,
please contact me, I would LOVE to see what survived. You can email me
24 Oct 2004
Please help settle a family dispute. I remember watching "Miss
Nancy" on Romper
Room out of DC during the late 50s or in the 60s. My sister
swears that I'm wrong. If I am right - is it possible to know
whatever happened to "Miss Nancy"? I'd love to write to her to
thank her for my best television memories.
Kap responds: "I think both
sisters may be correct!During the late
'50s and into the mid-'60s, the Romper Room
program on DC's Channel-5 featured "Miss Connie
Bohlin" who is profiled HERE. However, the
co-founder of Romper Room worldwide (with her husband Bert) was Nancy Claster.
She hosted the Baltimore
version of Romper Room from its inception in 1953 until 1963 under
the stage name of "Miss Nancy Rogers". Sadly, Miss Nancy
passed-away peacefully in 1997. It is very, very
likely that you remember watching the Baltimore show... while your
sister remembers watching the DC show."
21 Oct 2004
Don't forget one of Bill Gormly's
many characters, the politically incorrect "Luigi Spumoni ". Bill
Gormly was, in my opinion just as clever, if not more so, than Soupy
Sales. He did not get the exposure that he deserved. He certainly kept
me off the streets in the mid-sixties during after school hours and I
am the better for it. Wasn't part of his program "Rocky &
What about "Captain Nine" ??? I think he was played
by Bob Dalton on WTOP-TV.
Keep up the good work...............
19 Oct 2004
It was my roommate, born in 1929, who passed away this past February.
She had a record
album of Pick Temple's called The
Pick of the Crop. It does not appear to be in her collection of
old record albums anymore and this was the only place I could find it.
I hadn't even recalled the artist's name, only that I enjoyed the
album. The last song, The Sinking of
the Titanic, was one I learned at summer camp. I scrolled
through all the recollections to see if anyone had asked if any copies
of the record still existed, and where. I have no recollections of the
show itself, but one recollection brought to mind one of my favorites
-- Diver Dan.
Sat, 16 Oct 2004
Did your web site bring back a lot of memories! I grew up in Falls
Church in the 1960s and remembered practically everything on the site.
Some things I had forgotten but the page brought them right back. To
hear Cap'n Tugg
again was amazing! And, I might add, my brother, my sister and I were
all guests on the Bill
Johnson Show because we had had a Carnival for MD and raised over
$300. It is a memory I will never forget. Mr. Johnson was such a nice
man. I also went to the opening of Koons Ford you mentioned and saw Cap'n Tugg in
person. Thanks for the fun time at the site.
As a young boy growing up in Chillum, MD, my mother twice took me down
to the Jackson
Weaver TV program, "Just For Fun". On both
occasions I was picked from the TV audience to participate in a program
contest. As I recall, one was a Jackson Weaver version of musical
chairs. All participants had to balance a book on their head
while playing the game. I lost. The next time, Mr. Weaver
picked me and another boy to play a game involving paper plates.
Again I lost. Jackson often gave the losers a booby prize so to
speak. The winning boy got an archery set and I got a "Tonette"
(little girls' home permanent). The whole audience got a big
laugh at my expense, except for one. My mother went back stage
after the show and balled out Mr. Weaver for embarrassing
me. He apologized and gave me an archery set too!
Those were the good old days. Today, Mom & I would have been
tossed out by security!
Thu, 30 Sep 2004
Do you remember WDCA-TV 20's "Wing Ding" show? It was a local American
bandstand that featured regular dancers and local bands performing
Those dance shows were pretty popular. In fact, my band (all teenagers)
played on Wing Ding 3 times. I remember coming home after the show...
and having all the kids in my neighborhood being excited. As a teenager
it was a thrill.
Sorry to hear the tapes were reused but I can understand the necessity.
I was just telling my grandchildren the other day about my appearance
on the Ranger Hal Show.....
it would have been sometime around 1959, and I had won 7th place in a
contest for "Top Pop", having written an essay about my father. I
a couple photos taken there, but I wondered, does anyone have tapes of
the shows, and is there any way to get a copy of one??
a devoted fan,
Wed, 22 Sep 2004 I seem to
remember one of the sponsors of Countdown Carnivalwas Burger
Chef. There would appear a little hamburger puppet named "Burgie" and
Bill as one of his characters would say the line, "Burgie says, 'People
on the go go Burger Chef'" then a commercial would follow. And when the
show returned the host would be eating a hamburger. This may also have
been one of the sponsors of Cap'n Tugg. I
Mon, 20 Sep 2004
I go downstairs to my office to get some serious work done, I take a
break and I start surfing the web to see what kind of goofy webs site
there are and "bingo", I hit the motherlode.
It’s like going back in time. It’s unbelievable! I’m 52 years old,
going on 8, after checking out your site. It’s great!
Is there any old footage of the old shows? What about Captain Kangaroo
and the cartoon Tom Terrific. Remember Crabby Appleton, rotten to the
core. I forgot all about Pete
& His Pals. Is there a web-site I can
go to to see old footage of cartoons like Tom Terrific? I’ve been told
by Tom Wolfe you can’t go home again but what the hell. Great site.
Can’t wait to tell my wife.
I was looking over Sam
and Friends and believe it or not I still have the Wilkins Coffee
puppets that my Mom got for me. It was a special promotion that Wilkins
Coffee had, I forgot what you had to do to get it but you had to mail
in something of a proof of purchase and so much money. Anyway, I still
got them. They’re in pretty good shape.
Wed, 1 Sep 2004
I was on the Pick
Temple show about 1958. I was so young, 5 years or so that I
didn't know that Pick was talking about me, the little red haired girl
with the ribbon in her hair, to ride Piccolo. The kids next to me
on the hay bales said "That’s you, get going." I remember turning the
stud on the saddle to start the music. That is my most wonderful
childhood memory. Thank you for the website. I would love
to have a picture of that day but I know it would be almost impossible
We lived in Laurel, Maryland so it must have been on Channel 5.
My name was Debbie Munson. My younger sister was the one to go on the
show, Annette Munson, but was too scared, so I went. My parents
are both gone and we have no pictures. Thanks again for making my
heart soar by seeing the old photos even if I am not in them.
Debbie, still riding Piccolo.
Tue, 31 Aug
I was just
surfing the Internet, and for some unknown reason, I decided to type "Dick Dyzsel" in
the Search engine. Your Site appeared, I had to see what is was
about. Growing up in the DC area in the 60's and 70's, Captain 20 was a
part of every kids life. I was looking at shows that aired during
that time, and I saw the "Magic Door". I remember that because
there was a Puppet called "Jellybean" (J.B. for short) Those are my
initials.. so all the kids would call me Jellybean. We would also
get reception from Baltimore.. So, I'd watch Captain Chesapeake
and Moany the
Wed, 25 Aug
fun!!! I just can't thank you folks enough for your
website!!! I was born in 1953 in Washington, DC and grew up with Cap'n Tugg; Ranger Hal and the gang! I can remember sitting in
front of our swivel black and white TV to watch my favorite programs
after school! I was on the Pick
Temple show and when I saw the
membership card I just about lost it - after all those years I could
almost repeat the pledge by heart!!! What a rush to not only to
see the pictures but to hear actual sound clips too!!!
wait to tell my brother who was born in 1951 - he'll love your site
16 Aug 2004
I used to watch Countdown
Carnival faithfully. My sister
and I enjoyed watching "The Adventures of Superman".
Wasn't there a shady character named Mr. Scratch on Countdown
Carnival? I remember him running through the studios - he had
thick, black moustache, if I remember right.
Dean Gilkey (childhood resident of Falls Church, VA)
11 Aug 2004 I remember as a
child how my late sister, cousin and I appeared on the Claire and Co Coshow. I believe
the hostess was doing the show on children from the islands or foreign
lands. Instead of us saying that we were from the U.S. Virgin Islands
my last sister and I said the country that we we're born in. Then there was a
part in the show where Co Co barked at the child to be crowned (can't
recall what the crown was for) and I was the bless child to be crowned
on the show. Could you please
tell me how I would go about getting a copy of when I appeared on the
show? I know it's been more than 30 years, but I would love to show my
children. Giselle A. Morch
responds: Sadly, I don't know of any surviving copies
for sale of the Claire and Co Co shows.
9 Aug 2004
I love your site! I was born in Washington, DC, (lived in
& later on in Arlington, VA) in 1956. I have fond memories of Ranger Hal from my youth. I remember going on his show (for my
birthday?) and receiving some Hershey's syrup, a toy rifle for my brother, and two
nearly identical dolls (that my brother later drew mustaches on).
later, I was delighted to meet Ranger Hal - again - at the Loudoun
Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, where I was secretary to the
Provost. He graciously took my family and me on a tour of his
old Civil War era home - very quaint) and I was even on another taped
show about him! He was a sweet, sweet man with the same hearty laugh I
recalled from my youth. He will be sorely missed.
Other memories I have from the 50's & 60's: the big console
w/stereo, Captain Kangaroo, Bozo
the Clown, a stuffed Rin Tin Tin dog
on which I used to sit to watch t.v. (long lost), Wonder Horse, my
Thumbelina doll (dearly beloved), the Chatty Cathy doll I still own (although now
she merely mumbles), Barbie (although my brothers used to make Ken
fight Barbie when I wanted him to kiss her! I still have my
Midge and Skipper, but I game them haircuts a long time ago.), my
Tressy doll, metal roller skates w/key, metal jacks - aaahhh!
were the days! Now I feel quite old when I go into Cracker Barrel
restaurants and see my old stuffed sock monkey for sale!
5 Aug 2004
I am another adult who grew up in the mid 1950's. I am interested
in getting all the info I can on Captain Astro. I collect old
vintage toys (many that I owned new as a kid), and I have several
items. I have 2 of the Captain Astro Ray Guns (one complete in the box) and one loose.
I also have a Captain Astro lunch box. I would like to find more
data on this character, as I do research on many of the old toys
I have collected. Also pictures and facts on the actor who played
him would be most valued. ...
Any help would be appreciated.
responds: Except for a one-time appearance, promoted by Countdown
Carnival's Bill Gormly om Sunday, April 2nd, 1967, I'm afraid I don't have any info on Captain
My dad, Dr. Irvin Levin, and his friend Dr. Ben Alexander did live
science experiments on Claire and Co Co. Both were PhDs at the Walter Reed
Army Medical Center. They were unique as a scientific team,
especially in the racial turmoil of the 1960s since Dr. Alexander was
African-American and my Dad was white. They were excellent
friends. Both have passed on. Claire Kleess was very nice to us when my brothers and I were studio kids on the show.
I'd love to have a video of my dad and Dr. Alexander on the show doing
experiments, or at least a photo. Any way to trace that kind of
Ms. Syril Kline
Mon, 2 Aug 2004
I enjoy your page about DC kids programs as I lived in the Washington
area when I was a kid. Just wanted to tell you that there is an article
in the Daytona Beach News-Journal
today about Gordon Williamson who was the creator, producer and
performer on the Hoppity
I received a call from my mother today. She was born and raised in the
D.C. area. She recalled ThePick
Temple Show, and asked me to see what
information I could find on it. I looked at your site. It's very
interesting. Perhaps you can help.
She and my father spoke about the show for a bit, and argued over who
shot the snake, whatever that means. My mother claims she still has her guns.
Today, July 23rd, is her birthday. I was wondering if there are any of
the recordings of the shows in distribution, and how, if there are, to
purchase them. I would love to surprise her with them. I also wouldn't
mind seeing them, myself. ...
responds: I'm sorry to report that there are no known surviving copies
for sale of the virtually thousands of TV
shows that Pick
Temple hosted over his long
run on television.
Mon, 12 Jul 2004
My father, Nat Wright, worked at WTTG in the late'50's as a
man-of-all-work. When Cap'n Tugg went on vacation, my dad
filled in for him on the show. He was called "Rusty Hull" and had
to wear a pair of rubber overalls, and a white wig and a
moustache. I remember being called inside to watch my dad in his
"Rusty" getup lip-synching to Danny Kaye's "Thumbelina" on TV. He
said the gig was the worst thing he had to do; wearing the rubber
overalls under the hot lights caused him to develop a wicked case of
One day, my dad was hanging around Pick
Temple's studio while Pick was doing
his program. When the four kids were chosen to fire at the
balloons; a small black kid kept missing the balloons. My dad says the
technician with the pin had dropped it, and was frantically looking for
it. When the tech finally found the pin and popped a balloon, there was
a big close-up of the kid's face as he triumphantly shouted:"...got that m**********r THAT
time!" Pick quickly said: "yes, you sure did-how 'bout we see
what Popeye's up to?" and motioned for a cartoon to run!!! My dad was
laughing so hard he fell down! Pick just shrugged it off.
My parents could have gotten me an invitation to Pick's show through
his work, but they decided I was too volatile for live television!!!
I love this website!!!!!!!!!!
Kap adds: Beth has provided
us with photos and information on her dad. Watch for a webpage on Nat
Wright and "Rusty Hull"
in the future.
Tue, 6 Jul 2004
Whatever happened to Claire Kleess? Where is she now?
replies: Indications are that Claire (now in her 70s) still resides in
the Washington, DC metro area. If anyone is in touch with Ms.
Lyons, please tell her that her Claire and Co Co
fans would love to know what she has
been up to. Ask her to write me at: email@example.com
Tue, 29 Jun
being in the Pick
Temple"peanut gallery" and waving my hand, shouting "Heidi
please, Heidi please." Apparantly some kid in an earlier show had
figured out that mentioning the sponsor in that way would get him
picked to shoot at the rattlesnake, and it became the mantra of all the
hopefuls in the peanut gallery on subsequent shows. I also
remember the cool miniature loaf of Heidi bread in the goody bag each
of us lucky participants received. What a cool web site.
(please feel free to include my comments on your site)
Tue, 29 Jun 2004
compiling those recollections. I was searching for the words to the Glen Echo Amusement Park
theme song, and happened upon your site.
It sure brought back a bunch of
memories from my childhood!!!!
remember that Pete
Jamerson had small puppets, nothing fancy--one was
"Linadingus" (sp?), a female character that looked (in my memory's eye)
sort of like an immigrant in a black babushka.
comments: "That female character you remember also appeared on Grandpa's
Place and is featured in the only known surviving film of that
You can buy that show on VHS tape at VIDEO
May 20 2004
goodness! Somebody besides my brother and I remember "the
Fizz-Nik". I have told everyone I know about them, and
looks at me like I need to reserve a room at the funny farm:)
there any way these gadgets are still available? - I'd like to purchase
several of them.
Kappy states: Keep your eyes open for a Fizz-Nik auction on eBay.com
17 May 2004
was on the Pick
Temple show I believe in 1955. My grandmother brought me
Temple picked me from his gallery and asked who I got my beautiful blue
eyes from. I told him I was the only one with blue eyes in my family,
there were a lot of people with blue eyes in my family. I also rode the
horse and shot the snake.
remember my grandmother receiving a shopping bag of bread. I was
if there were any copies of the show? Wishful thinking.
you for the memories
Helen Ann Exten)
11 May 2004
upon your site, it's cool, brings back memories.
have an autographed (to me) picture of "Cowboy
Joe Campbell" and the other is also to me from Ray Haney.
two old 45's with the M-G-M label also autographed by Ray Haney. ...
Haney with the Rio Grande Playboys
out" b/w "Walking the Blues"
Around Outside" b/w "Little One, Lean One, Long One"
worked at WRC many years ago and I was lucky enough to meet a lot of
people because of her. While WRC was at the Sheraton Park Hotel I met
Scott (he was a page) and later, when he was doing The
Joy Boys with Ed Walker, I would call him and request him to play
special for my date.
responds: Thanks for sharing Walter! I'll be putting your contributions
to work in a future web page for Ray Haney, and several pages for Joe
9 May 2004
What a great web site!
My old geezer friends and I are desperately trying to remember the
sandwiches at Topps Drive Inn. We've come up with the Sir Loiner, the
Dandy, and the Maverick. We seem to remember a hot ham sandwich that
pineapple and "secret sauce" on it. Does anyone have a clue as to what
that was? I'll bet if Milt Grant were still around, he'd know!
5 May 2004
through your Pick
Temple website brought back a memory I'd like to
I remember becoming a "Giant Ranger" back in the early 50's.
time to time Pick would telephone one of his "rangers" from his show.
afternoon our phone rang, and it was Pick! My mom called me to the
which was near the TV. I could hear Pick asking me questions. All I did
was nod toward the TV -- thinking he could see me nodding! After all, I
couldn't have been more than 3 1/2 or 4 at the time! My mom took the
from me and finished the conversation with Pick.
so much for pleasant memories.
Temple's son, Park Temple, responds: "This was a thing we tried for a
time. Didn't really work out - so I am surprised at the
I guess, when you are the one getting the call, it's vivid. But
wasn't the kind of television that worked for kids watching...."
2 May 2004
from Mexico. I just came upon your website almost by accident and it
brought back many memories. I lived near Washington D.C. in the early
late 60s and I remember the Ranger Hal program very well. In fact, I
also remember very well the tragic Kennedy assassination in Nov. 1963
I'm sure that due to the confusion in young peoples minds (including
upon hearing that "Oswald shot the president", it was thought that
Rabbit was the culprit. On the show it was made clear to the young
that Oswald Rabbit did not shoot the President. Does anyone else
this? I could swear that my memory is not failing and that this did
memory has been refreshed after 38 or 40 years. I remember Bill
Connie (sorry to find out about her death), The Three
not remember the name of Cap'n
Tugg or his parrot even though I
the show and the parrot being sent off to space with his seaweed
All this is coming back to me after so many years. Its incredible.
also remember that the man who had the Three
Stooges show (Mr. Johnson)
also hosted a show I believe that showed old (mostly B science fiction
) movies. I remember one show he hosted with the movie KRONOS. I also
his recomendations to youngsters not to try any of the Stooges antics.
I remember too that my older brother told me that Bill
Gormly did all
characters but I thought at the time that they were all different
once went to the opening of a Giant or Grand Union supermarket with the
appearance of Ranger Hal, but I was too shy to get near him. I'm sorry
now that I missed that experience.
MERIDA YUCATAN, MEXICO
1 May 2004
was born in Washington DC, Jan 1953. I really don't remember much
until I started school in 1958. That also happens to be when my folks
home our first television, floor model, big black and white picture. I
remember wondering what that UHF knob was for, cause nothing ever
there but static. Channel 5 was a different story, and Channel 4.
Temple was one of my early heroes, I loved his show. It seems I sent a million
cards in to get on his show, when to my surprise, I finally got one
saying I was invited. I always felt I was a legitimate wild west cowboy
type hero since I had been born in Northwest DC. I had a Mattel Fifty
with holster, and felt I could slap leather with the best of them. I
sure my mom would buy me the rest of the western attire required for
show, I was lock jawed when she laid out my sailor suit. A cowboy with
a sailor suit, how ridiculous. I was steamed. Pick would never pick me
to draw on the puppet in a sailor suit.
my surprise he really got a kick out of my outfit, a sailor gunslinger.
He picked from the throng of kids sitting on the bleachers. I was the
one wearing a sailor hat. My dream had come true. I was on the Pick
show, about to draw against the puppet and win loads of goodies. I drew
as fast as I could, lightning fast, but Pick said the puppet got me. I
argued right into the cartoon. I still got a big bag of goodies from
Food, every kid there got one. I hoped for a second shot at the puppet,
but I never did get it. That had to be 1959 or 60.
also loved Cap'n
Tugg, Pow Wow the Indian Boy, Tom Terrific, Bozo
(the Willard Scott version, the true Bozo), and Gigantor flipped my
Popeye, Sky King, My Friend Flicka. We had such wholesome shows
those days. all in glorious black and white. Thanks for this site.
told my grandkids that I had been on TV in the 50's on the Pick
show, and no one knew the name, especially down here in Memphis TN. I
up and found this site looking for Pow Wow the Indian Boy stills. You
an old guy smile again and a believer out of my offspring, thanks.
too was on the Pick
Temple show as were my brothers. I vaguely
being told that we would be taken to see Popeye's ship about halfway
the show. But this turned out to be a trip to the bathroom down
hall from the production studio. Does anyone else remember
has time warped my memory? ...
a Washington, DC native my sisters and I were on one or the other of
shows. I remember all of our names were sent to Pick
on the show and there were only 1 or 2 of us who went on that. I
remember being so disappointed I didn't get to go. I so wanted to
see the pony and ride him.
Ranger Hal we all went to. I remember being back stage and what was the
name of the other on that show? A rabbit or something. But being
a brat, I remember being told that there was something that either came
out of or went into this things mouth and I remember taking my hand and
shoving it down the throat of this thing to prove him wrong.
we all loved, and went on there too. Boy, these memories come
after hearing so much about them.
Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans were great favorites too!
24 Mar 2004
used to love Romper
Room as a child. I always wanted to be on
show. I once remember making up a story about going to see Bozo
the Clown on Romper
Room. Seeing your website brought back fond
also remember some stilts the children used to walk on, they looked
upside down sand pails with ropes attached. I always want a
those things. Hey do they still make them?
19 Mar 2004
you so much for the wonderful site. It certainly is fun.
Did Ranger Hal change the name of Oswald Rabbit after JFK was
As I recall, the name "Oswald" was very unpleasant to hear for many
and the show changed it to "Ozzie."
brother claims the following really happened on Pick
was a segment of the show in which kids shot at balloons on a wall,
someone behind the wall popped them with a pin. (I trust I am
giving any secrets away here.) One kid fired and fired but
popper was AWOL -- no pops. When Pick tried to console him,
replied, "I swear I got that mother*****!"
I don't believe it.
14 Mar 2004
think you will enjoy
this story. It was 1950. I was 8 years old and one of the luckiest kids
ever due to the fact that my family had one of the few TV sets in our
apartment building. Basically I got to "host" the Pick
Temple show on
days for visiting friends or have it to myself on others. Let me tell
that I was a big Pick
Temple fan with high hopes of going on the show.
hopes were dashed,
however, when my mother told me that only White kids were allowed on
show. Not wanting to accept this fact of the times I bugged her to
the station anyway. She followed up by sending a letter along with a
photograph. Days later she was informed that the show was not able to
"colored" kids. The sponsor-Giant Food Stores- offered consolation in
form of coupons for free Hiedi bakery products.
mom was not a radical,
but she was never one to suffer injury to her kids lightly. She wrote
Temple a letter explaining the dissapointment of his biggest fan and
dismay over the gap between his songs about justice and fairness and
policies of his show. Mr. Temple promptly responded with a letter
her that he did not agree with those policies and that as far as he was
concerned I would come on the show. A few weeks went by and then the
came informing me of the date for my appearance.
went on the show and
it was wonderful. There was one important difference though. Instead of
sharing this moment with the usual 24 other kids I wednt on all by
I would hear my parents say later that a big "fight" took place between
Pick Temple and the station executives over the issue of my coming on.
The compromise was that I did come on the show without integrating
of an 8 year old this made it all more wonderful. I had the whole show
to myself and I became an instant celebrity in my school and, on
when people was notice me in doctor's offices, barber shops etc. About
4 years later Mr. Temple's efforts to integrate the show were
He not only invited me back, but he also included my two younger
was not quite the
same. I had become a bit of a "senior citizen" for a Giant Ranger and I
was now sharing the event with about 50 kids which included my
tell this story often
in conjunction with workshops and presentations that I give to
around the country on cultural diversity, and conflict resolution. The
point that I enjoy making is how one man acting out of committment to
values took a stand that helped change a society. In my life I have
much less accomplished by a "cast of thousands" spending millions on
Simply put, Pick Temple modeled the potential of the nation that he
summer I will embark
on a three month motorcycle trip throughout the USA. As I travel. I will
write my reflections on the changes which have taken place in this land
of my birth. Changes which have made it possible for me to take a trip
that my dad would have never considered and which I may have not risked
35 years ago. I hope to include Pick
Temple in my writings through
with friends, associates and family members who can give me a personal
sense of this man who had a powerful impact on my life.
you be able to
assist me in making connections so that I can contact some of these
as I travel across the country? Arizona is definitely on my
I would also appreciate any information that I can get on sources of
information about this man whom I understand may have converted his
from Templovitch to Temple.
answers: If you can assist Mr. Alexander in making connections, write
your message will
be forwarded to him.
13 Mar 2004
for this great site! I was looking for Pick
Temple and discoved a
of lost memories. Cap'n
Tugg, an afternoon favorite. Willard Scott as Bozo
Creature Feature on Friday night, The Joy Boys, and Countdown
Having grown up in the DC area it's great to find a site such as this.
Does anyone remember Louis Allen or Steve Gilmartin? Best of all,
Bob Dalton for all the info you supplied me (so far ) in my
11 Mar 2004
57 years, parts of my childhood are occasionaly glimpsed through the
E.g., I was really gratified to find your website recalling Hoppity
watched as a child in Falls Church, VA, probably in the
My Dad was at the Pentagon in some capacity. I have tried to
current friends that such a show existed. "Wemember kids, I'm a weal
wabbit." The only ad I recall clearly was for Glen Echo, an amusement
in Maryland. ...
you or any of your correspondents tell me if it was on Hoppity
that a regular bit consisted of a character (maybe Hoppity himself)
up to a wishing-well type set piece, reciting what I later learned was
a bastardization of Gilbert & Sullivan- Pirates of
"With cat-like tread, upon our wway we steal, no sound at all . .
Some creature emerged from the well, to cheers from whatever the local
equivalent of the "peanut gallery."
9 Mar 2004
You have a great site.
thought I was losing it when I insisted there was a kid-show called
Tugboat" that I used to watch as a child. I started a search for it and
could not come up with the show and the only thing that I found was a
called "Captain Chesapeake." I knew that didn't seem right and the
did not bring back any memories.
more research and not using the search for "Captain Tugboat" I finally
found the show ... Cap'n
Tugg. Back when we had black and white tv
the reception wasn't that good I still remember that bearded salty
on late afternoon tv. He had a segment where he would read kid's
so I wrote one ... and as a kid was disappointed when it didn't get
I'm finally glad that I can say I'm not crazy for thinking that I
6 Mar 2004
was born at DC General Hospital in 1955, moved to Maryland and attended
Albert Einstein High School. Back in the 70's ... I used to walk to
Plaza every day and pass through Fairlanes Bowling Alley, S.S. Kresge's
and Peoples Drug, the Hobby Shop (not "Red's Hobby Shop" which was on
corner of University Blvd. and Georgia Ave.), near the escalators...
you were a kid like me growing up in the middle of the 1950 - 1960's
Race" era, you had the pleasure of watching a great selection of space
cartoons being broadcast on "the air" (of course not cable -
I remember each morning, shows showing space cartoons. Flash
Buck Rogers, Space Patrol, Fireball XL-5, Ultra Man, Rocket Man,
Cody... and THE SPACE
but forgotten, I suspect other "baby-boomers" have had trouble
identifying the series, because as fascinating and educational as it
it hasn't been seen since about 1963! This is the one with
Polaris-style rocketship that rolled out and launched horizontally on
It had a blinking light on the front and a huge clear glass cockpit
where you could see fantastic views of outer-space
four main characters were: "Commander Perry", the astronaut who blasted
off and reportedly crashed on the planet Mars, his young son "Jimmy"
stowed away in a crate loaded on "Professor Nordheim's" rescue rocket-
ship the Polaris-II, and "Smitty" the Navigator who were all trying to
3 Mar 2004
site! I discovered it quite by accident while looking for Pick
Temple. ... I was on Pick
Temple's show twice, in 1957 or
I would have been 5 at the time. I still remember
embarrassed when my cowboy hat fell off my head and behind
where I was sitting!
site made me think of other Washington TV shows I enjoyed when I was a
kid. I was having trouble remembering the names, but thanks
site I have now remembered Pete
& His Pals. It was the
the Can Can being the theme that clued me in. But there is no
to my favorite character, General Red Tape, who worked at the
anyone remember him?
28 Feb 2004
grest site , It bought back a lot of memories . What about the Milt
Show ? and Captain Video ?
sez: We are (slowly, I must admit) working on a future page for Milt
However, we will not be covering Captain Video as that show was a
production by DuMont outside of DC.
23 Feb 2004
was a bit too old for Hoppity. But I won a school talent show in about
1955 (M.C'd by Jackson Weaver) with my ventriloquist act. The prize was
an appearance on the afternoon Art Lamb TV talk show on WTTG. His show
was followed by Hoppity
Skippity and both shows were in the same studio
at the Raleigh Hotel. (I remember meeting Pete
Jamerson, a newscaster,
in the men's room.)
the Lamb show was winding down, they set up the Hoppity set, which
of a big artificial log for Hoppity to sit on in front of a rear
screen with a forest scene projected on it.
dad and I were amused to see Hoppity in full costume sitting on the log
smoking a cigarette waiting for his show to begin. When the Lamb show
over and the commercial starting running, Hoppity tossed the butt on
floor and stomped it out with a big furry paw. He went from a deadpan
an instant big smiling greeting to his audience. My dad could hardly
from cracking up.
20 Feb 2004
am Sharen Campbell
Dowdy, the daughter of Joe
Campbell, otherwise known as Cowboy
We just lost our dad on November 10, 2003, but not before he was able
complete, and see, his autobiography in print; "On The Edge of
(But No Cigar)" by J. Pendleton Campbell.
brothers and I are
currently archiving what surviving recordings we have from the shows
had Longhorn, Shorthorn and Penelope on them. I would so love
exchange information with you. I am looking for any of the
used to watch his show, any pictures from WRC-TV, specifically are
any pictures of Longhorn and Shorthorn anywhere?
cannot tell you how
overjoyed I am to find your website and see my father's smiling face on
it. He was truly a remarkable man who had a remarkable life
so glad others remember him as well.
their dad,Sharen and her brothers Mark,and
Phil present the photo collection at The
Joe Campbell Scrapbook
A friend e-mailed your address to me in a panic telling me I had to
out this site. Thanks for your time and hard work putting
page together, I love it. I'm a DC native, born in late 50s,
the images pull at the heartstrings in a major way.
have a question. In the back of my mind I remember a kid show
named Baby Daphne. She dressed up like a witch and had a
and the currency for trade was bubble gum cards. She looked
a very out-there Stockard Channing. Wiggy stuff but wildly
wonder if you have any info. on her. As I recall the show
in the mornings on weekdays.
recall a show entitled "Bill Wells Tells" - Bill Wells told stories and
used a large pad of white paper to draw illustrations - he even gave
lessons. The first time I heard about the "Pirates of
on his show. Do you have any information? ...
also recall that Bill Wells played some sort of a "Phantom"-type
don't remember the character's name (I saw him at a personal appearance
at the Hecht Company store in Silver Spring). I also vaguely
that Bill Wells got into some sort of legal trouble... again, it just a
have a great site - you haven't missed anyone. ... Inspector Dick
came to my school (Brightwood) in the mid-50's. I also recall
visit by Pick
in DC in 1946)
comments: Watch for a web page on Bill Wells, on The Black
(who actually was played by Guy Aylward, not Bill Wells), and on Dick
2 Feb 2004
can't believe I found this site... Thanks for wonderful
was on the Ranger Hal show when I was 4 or 5 in 1965 or 1966... are the
old shows available? I am a native Washingtonian. My mom took me to the
show, which I was ecstatic about attending, with a bag of carrots for
rabbit puppet, who I loved! ...
am 42, soon to be 43 and was born and raised in DC; believe it or not,
I was falling asleep the other night and thought of Ranger Hall! I
think it's because I have a little boy who's 3 and a baby girl who's 8
months, so my mind is on things about and for children.
just plugged in Ranger Hal on the Internet...it was so cool to see
and all! I was also a very extroverted child and the
to go to the show almost sent me over the moon, esp about meeting the
or other I think my parents had friends who knew the director or
of Capt K and Ranger H.
27 Jan 2004
cannot recall who would substitute for Bill
Johnson as host for the 3
notes: It may have been
believe I found your website searching for "Mack and Myer", but I
about "Woodrow and Willoughby????"
am 46 and was a big fan of Countdown
Carnival and Cap'n
sent in a drawing and received a thank-you letter from Bill
1963 which I may still have in my possession. Excuse my
but I have so many memories. I understand there is a new
Johnson is warning the kids not to try the
tricks at home -- that these were professional comics.
just found this website.
My, my, it's been a long time since I remember Pick
anyway you can tell me, what show I appeared on when I was on his
I was between 5 - 7 yrs old, my name at the time was Judith
Wow, this is taking me back some years. I love this site!
Deams and Joey Faye were the performers who played in the "Mack
For Hire" TV comedies, patterned after the films of Laurel &
(although Mr. Faye wore a derby hat, a jacket, white shirt and a
tieable bowtie that were similar to Lou Costello's). The two hapless
tried to successfully complete their assigned tasks, but their
and dealings with obnoxious adult authority figures made it impossible
for "Mack & Myer" to succeed!
from being one of the performers on the series, Mr. Deams was also one
of the show's writers. He was aided in the creation and development of
the skits by Stan Laurel himself. Mr. Laurel would call and/or write to
Mr. Deams and make suggestions in how the scripts should be created and
performed before the cameras.
series was produced by veteran TV producer and director Sandy Howard.
in the early 1950s, Mr. Howard was the guiding genius behind NYC's
kids TV wrap-around show "The Merry Mailman" which starred Ray
in the title role and Milt Moss as his head puppeteer and comedy
Chic Darrow was "The Topsey Turvey Auctioneer" as his second comedy
other guiding genius on "Mack & Myer For Hire" was comedy
Eddie Sutherland. Mr. Sutherland worked with Laurel & Hardy on
film "The Flying Deuces" at RKO Radio Pictures in 1939 and with Abbott
& Costello on "One Night In The Tropics" at Universal Pictures
cancellation of "M&MFH", Mr. Deams went on to perform on other
in the movies and in plays and musicials, before retiring around the
Faye continued to perform on TV, in the theater and in the movies. His
real name was Joey Pallidino. He had been a performer and creator of
comedy skits in burlesque. His most famous burlesque comedy skit is
Street" or the "Susquehanna Hat Co." skit that Abbott &
on their TV show and in the film "In Society". He retired to The
Home in Engle wood, NJ (Yes! Lou..There really is an Actor's Home In
NJ) around the 1990s. He died in 1998. ...
19 Jan 2004
older brother Bob sent me this link, and I clicked on Pick
I had my Ranger card until I was like 36... I think I lost it in my
was one of the lucky few that got to ride the horse, which I now
was named Piccolo. I must have been really young, because
only things I remember about being on the show are (1) the ride
on the streetcar; (2) riding the horse and leaning to look directly
the camera; and (3) shooting at the snake.
is but shadows.
18 Jan 2004
sent in a Rat Fink model to Countdown
Carnival especially for the
I put "BG" on the front instead of the usual "RF"... after a couple of
Gormly started the show with a close up of my Rat Fink...
never forget my five minutes of fame... do you think he could return it
to me now? (just kidding)
brother Tom got to ride on Pick
Temple's horse during that
I didn't... so I have some issues with that... if you happen to be able
to contact Mr. Gormly... it would be nice to see if he remembers... I
a lot of money into the Carnivals for MD at the time... we had a
almost every year for about four years... one thing sticks in my
we sold some Beatles dolls that were donated for about 50 cents a
if I would have saved them... now I could collect about $10,000.
your site brought back some memories... including probably one of the
loved personalities of all time from here... Willard
ever been said badly about him... I still hate Bryant Gumbel for that
hope some day Willard Scott Willard
Scottwill kick his ass... I never watch anything
that Bryant Gumbel has anything to do with.
17 Jan 2004
a lot of years, I have been asking the question "What was the name of Pick
Temple's horse?" It has stumped every one that I know. As a native
I remember most of the details that I grew up with, but this one
me. I have even rode the trails in Rock Creek Park where the parting
were filmed, but still don't know the answer to that!!! I first heard
question in the mid '70s when I was working in Silver Spring MD.
explains: I posed your question to Pick
Temple's son, Park, and here's
his answer: "Wonder of wonders
- I know the name. His registered name - he was a
was Van Philip, and he was known as Phil.
How did I
know? I am going through my family's photos and sorting out
from the real pictures. I found Dad's annotation of a few
Phil being groomed for the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Day Parade in
1960, including a picture of Dave Swetnam, who was Phil's owner."
16 Jan 2004
What a trip down memory lane!
for your efforts in putting this wonderful site together. Really
back a ton of memories. I grew up in Virginia and watched these shows
chance, do you remember "Super-Car" -- the show with
Would love to find some info about that series.
11 Jan 2004
grew up in Montgomery County and attended the public schools. I still
For Science, at Hillandale Elementary School in Silver
- it was quite a novelty to watch something on TV (we weren't the TV
yet), I'm sure we enjoyed it. I believe the theme music was Trumpet
by Purcell, or something very much like it. That music showed up in a
of weddings in the Washington area in the 70's, and I think that's why
- we couldn't get it out of our heads.
remember the TV being wheeled into our class, on a regular
I’m sure we all groaned on a regular basis too. But
it as being quite exciting – classes on TV. Up
until then we only
had films and filmstrips, some pretty bad, some good Disney ones (The
Desert comes to mind), so TV was quite a step up. Time
quite up to Mr. Wizard, but it was good, none the less.
saw the obituary in the washingtonpost.com on January 10th, 2004 for
Campbell, who founded WETA, and they mentioned Time
For Science as the
first program, so I did a web search and found your site.