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A Collage of the Three *Captain 20* Performers
"Captain 20"
Dick Dyszel, Tony Alexis, Johnny K... The Three Captain 20s
Dick Dyszel, Tony Alexis, John "Johnny K" Kallimonis
(Original Images Supplied By Dick Dyszel)
.Aired on WDCA-TV 20,
Mondays through Fridays,
Various Airtimes, From 1969 to 1987,
From WDCA-TV River Road studios
Host: "Captain 20" 
as played by:
 John "Johnny K" Kallimonis
John "Tony" Alexi
Dick Dyszel
The First
"Captain 20"
John *Johnny K* Kallimonis as Captain 20 (Courtesy:Dick Dyszel)
John Kallimonis
"Johnny K" (1969-1970)
In early 1969, the idea of Captain 20 (as an astronaut) was born.
 The moon landings were big news and WDCA-TV bought a futuristic set that had been used by RCA at the NAB convention in April.
 During the summer they held auditions... the winner: John Kallimonis.
John Kallimonis as Captain 20 (and unidentified child)

In the beginning, Captain 20 didn't host a show so much as contest drop-ins (from time-to-time, on weekday mornings and afternoons).
Gerbils Ready To Race (w/Captain 20)
This also started the "Gerbil Races." 
John Kallimonis as Captain 20
Kids sent in their name, address and phone number.  Captain 20 would phone them; they would pick one of three gerbils (bearing the names of kid shows) and if their gerbil won, the kid won a brand new bike. 
A Captain 20 Racing Gerbil
The races were such a hit that WDCA got its' first cover on Sunday's
Post TV magazine. Six years would pass before that happened again.

John Kallimonis (Captain 20) w/ Willard Scott (as Ronald McDonald)
Captain 20 and guest Ronald McDonald,
(as played by Willard Scott)
"Johnny K" left Channel 20 in 1970 and was replaced by Tony Alexi.
(The "Captain 20" evolution contines on the next page ...)

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