When Frank Paris
(designer of the original 'Howdy Doody' puppet), walked off the phenomenally
successful children's show hours before airtime in May 1948, he hoped
to take the puppet and start his own show. But NBC sued and won an injunction
against him ever using the puppet again, so he created a new character
in 1948 and called him Peter W. Pixie. The Peter Pixie show was
broadcast over WPIX in New York. It did not catch on.
Viewer Ted Rosenberg
sends us a copy of his Peter W. Pixie club passport. This character
looks like the world's first rave kid - or perhaps a prototype of the
Marilyn Manson look!
What a great site!
I have tears in my eyes as I see my dad's name mentioned here! (Claude
Dad passed away
in March of 1993 from lymphoma. A brief blurb in the TV section of the
NY Post mentioned his illness just before he died. I saved every single
letter (over 500) and have them in albums. I still can't get over the
response and emotions shared concerning those who watched "Terrytoon
Circus" every night. I guess it was a ritual, but some kids were watching
to escape unbelievable abuses and found comfort from the show... If
anyone reading this was one of the corespondents, thank you sooooo much!
What memories we all have from those good old TV days!
Here's another couple
of shows dad had that some of you might recall: Marx Magic Midway
(mid 60's on channel 4, I think) Did you know that he was the "voice-over"
voice for all those Marx commercials for a long time? We had a closet
full of Marx toys, but for some reason, my brother & I were not allowed
to touch them! I guess they were to give away. My 5th grade class (public
school in Conn) went on a field trip to this show - it was a great experience
The other show was
Super Adventure Theater I think it played old movies - science
fiction, I believe.
I have tons of stuff
of dad's including his original boots & ringmaster costume. (He wore
it late in life for a show called Remember When.... hosted by
a reporter named John Johnson. (I videotaped it, but our son accidentally
recorded over it!) Dad and Mary Hartline both still fit in their costumes
from the 40's!
I also have many
of the Super Circus shows with all those live commercials. "Kellogg's"
was their main sponsor. (By the way, Mike Wallace was the emcee on that
show and it aired from 1947-55 live from some "hall" in Chicago).
Oh yeah, I also
Miss Louise, NYC's Romper Room hostess circa 1969. Photo supplied by Chris Bischoff.