Buffalo Bob Smith, a contemporary of Paul Winchell. Both controlled dummies.
From Wikipedia, in the public domain. Note the operative word...marionette...whose strings were pulled by someone else. An alter-ego persona.
Howdy Doody himself is a freckle-faced boy marionette with 48 freckles, one for each state of the union (up until January 3, 1959, when Alaska was admitted as the 49th state), and was originally voiced by Buffalo Bob Smith. The Howdy Doody show's various marionettes were created and built by puppeteers Velma Wayne Dawson, Scott Brinker (the show's prop man) and Rufus Rose throughout the show's run. The redheaded Howdy marionette on the original show was operated with 11 strings: two heads, one mouth, one eye, two shoulders, one back, two hands and two knees. Three strings were added when the show returned—two elbows and one nose.
Say, are you a cloney?
And in this corner of cyberspace, we have our very own Buffalo Bob Smith, or maybe Paul Winchell.
Knucklehead is a much better name than Clarabell.
"A puppet in the great 50s, hung out with Buffalo Bob Smith, Clarabell (later became Capt Kangaroo), Chief Thundercloud and the rest. He was a wooden hero for the ages. The Peanut Gallery was the place to be."
Sounds like the republican side of the house of representatives!
***Buffalo Bob Smith, a contemporary of Paul Winchell. Both controlled dummies.***
Yes, and we should add to that list Edgar Bergen, Jim Henson, Shari Lewis, and, the greatest puppeteer of them all, <Dick Cheney.
>>The Peanut Gallery was the place to be.>>
Was there (1951). Rude awakening: Buff Bob was not a ventriloquist, he just talked off camera for any number of the puppets (Howdy, Mr. Bluster, Dilly Dally, etc.)
Big-time crush on Princess Summerfallwinterspring though.
Clarabell? Buffalo Bob? Cool
Would be an improvement
>> You sir are a master of trivia. >>
I amaze myself. Can't remember my wife's work phone no., but remember the name of the Cisco Kid's horse (Diablo), Sky King's ranch, plane & niece (Flying Crown, Songbird & Penny) and Hoppy's sponsor (Silvercup Bread).