It’s Howdy Doody Time….. I was only 4 years old when Howdy Doody(Puppet Playhouse) first came on TV…and sadly to say…I didn’t watch it..don’t think we had a tv and at 4 I was more interested in playing outside with my cousins.Think it became Howdy Doody Show in 1949. Back then there was nothing on tv during the day except a test pattern..which most of you don’t even know what that is..it was a pattern that was on the screen alllll day long..until 5pm at night when for 5 days The Howdy Doody Show started off tv viewing…nope, no Oprah, no news, no soaps, not a damn thing…just a pattern..then..tada…Buffao Bob and Howdy Doody..The Buffalo Bill gang ran for 13 years…2,343 shows…Kowa-bonga…I don’t remember for sure when I actually started watching it but there was one year that Buffalo Bob wasn’t on(he had a heart attack and we were told he was vacationing in some village, forget where) but I do remember seeing Gabby Hayes playing Bison Bill while Buffalo Bob was gone, think that was in 1949 or 1950..But Buffalo Bob came back and intertained us with old movies, skits, the Peanut Gallery(oh, how I longed to be in the Peanut Gallery)…There were so many people on the show..There was the Story Princess, Chief Thundercloud, Tim Tremble(played by none other than Don Knotts),Princess SummerFall WinterSpring(and to this day I still can’t say it right ‘wintersummerfallspring’…),Bison Bill,(just read where he was only on during the year 1954), The Flub-a-Dub(made out of 8 parts of differnt animals), the Mayor of Doodyville, Phineas T. Bluster, Howdy’s sister Heidi Doody, Inspector John J. Fadoozle, Captain Windy Scuttlebutt, Hector Hamhock Bluster, Don Jose Bluster and Sandra Witch.
The Howdy Doody show was the fist show to regularly broadcast in color..They ran Howdy for ‘President of all kids’ and ended up getting requests for 250,000 buttons…Some where around 1956-57 Mickey Mouse came on and the ratings started to slip, the audience that had watched for all those years were growing up(and like me, discovered Rock & Roll)…so they moved back to Saturday’s…and with a little help from “GUMBY”… they held on till 1957 when they were canceled…
So how many of you old farts out there remember starting your evening off with ‘SAY KIDS!WHAT TIME IS IT?’………..
aaaahhh, skipping down memory lane is fun….I am enjoying this, but not sure anyone else is…should I stop now???? or go on to the music of the 50’s…tv shows of the 60’s??? What do you say kids???
ah fuckme till someone pulls my strings