Hey, gang! Step back in children's TV time!

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 6, 2009 - 1:00 AM

The Museum of Broadcasting has stitched together some clips and rare footage of Twin Cities children's TV shows for a benefit showing Thursday.

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bradtheissenlaSep. 6, 0910:04 AM

After a hard day at school, it was fun to come home to watch these characters, It was like going from theoretical books to reality TV. But I also liked Mr Wizard. The stations could as easily have hired U of M profs - even retired - to show us things our elementary and Jr Hi schools couldn't, and been just as successful as these comedy-and-commercials kids shows. After all, it was the medium that was new in the 1950s, and the characters benefitted from the medium, just as other characters had benefitted from each generation's new medium before and after them: "movies," "radio," "TV," "cable TV," and finally "Internet" in the 1990s and 2000s.

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ammunraSep. 7, 09 2:32 AM

Dear lord those pictures are creepy.

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oldqueenSep. 7, 09 7:01 AM

I was crowned Miss Southdale 1959. I was absolutely surprised. As part of my duties, I had to appear on T.N.TATTER's show. I was no TV star, that's for sure...he asked me what I was doing for lunch the next day, and I replied," EATING!" The whole studio broke out laughing, and I became the clown!

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Chaz_MackSep. 7, 09 7:26 AM

I remember when I would stay home sick from grade school I would never miss 'Lunch With Casey.'I always wanted my name on the birthday roll call but somehow never got on :( And why no mention of 'Popeye and Pete'?

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varminSep. 7, 09 7:33 AM

I was absolutely terrified whenever he was on TV!

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gumpworsleySep. 7, 0910:13 AM

NOTHING BETTER THAN COMING HOME FROM A HARD DAY OF KINDERGARDEN AND WATCHING * "MY LITTLE MARGIE". * "AMOS AND ANDY", * "MICKEY MOUSE CLUB", AND ENDING WITH * "AMERICAN BANDSTAND'. ALL ON THE SAME CHANNEL! I STARTED NOTICING GIRLS WHEN I SAW ANNETTE WEARING THOSE MICKEY MOUSE SWEATERS......

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auburn144Sep. 7, 0910:29 AM

My two children were 4 and 5 when Casey and Roundhouse signed off. They just couldn't understand why. Their names were on the bd list a few times, much to their delight. To this day, we often sing the C&R birthday tune when the candles are lit. Fond memories from the era of very troubled social times; fond memories from the hour before Mel Jass came on and sent Mom and kids into naptime. Sesame and Rogers filled the gap for the kids, but watching off-the-cuff children's entertainers ad lib their way through a show doing a few things over the kid's heads while making adults chuckle became a definite no-no. We'll always remember.

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cbehlingSep. 7, 0910:58 AM

Steve Cannon was Captain 11 and showed those old serial cliff hangers from back in the 30s - movies such as Ace Drummond, Don Winslow. Red Barry, etc. And how about Clellan Card in the tree house with his "birdkie with the yellow bill" jokes? Great stuff!

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drew15Sep. 7, 0911:18 AM

I am not old enough, or from this area when I was a child to watch these programs, but Daryl Laub as T.N. Tatters looks absolutely demonic. If you have any idea of who the "Insane Clown Posse" is, you'll agree. They must've taken notes from T.N. Tatters when developing their make up. There is only one clown, and that's Bozo!

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lvpops53Sep. 7, 0912:20 PM

I grew up with these TV characters. My favorites were Casey and Roundhouse, Axel, and Clancy the Cop. Just thinking back to those days is a lot of fun. Drew15. Since you weren't old enough to watch these shows, and don't know what you are talking about. Why don't you just keep your mouth shut.

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