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    • It's Tuesday. It's Howdy Doody Time!
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  • 1/8/13
  • marvelousmarvin
Tuesday once again. Who might stop in and spread good cheer?
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  • 1/8/13
  • Haldane
Howdy Doody?
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  • 1/8/13
  • gilforhof
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.
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  • 1/8/13
  • marvelousmarvin

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.[6] 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.[7] 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?

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  • 1/8/13
  • marvelousmarvin

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.

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  • 1/8/13
  • Haldane

"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!

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  • 1/8/13
  • gilforhof
Puppet, marionette, either/or. Jerry Mahoney was an interesting character as was Farfel the mutt (nestle commercials). Paul Winchell was also the voice of Tigger in the Winnie the Poo cartoons. Being a grandfather, I try to stay up with whats important.
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  • 1/8/13
  • gilforhof
It could be any politician in general. I was too young to care then and enjoyed the 50s, whether it was Howdy Doody, Rin Tin Tin, Capt Video, or doo-woppin on the corners. It was what it was at the time... fun.
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  • 1/9/13
  • Haldane
American Bandstand? The Lone Ranger? Superman? Kookla, Fran, and Ollie?
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  • 1/9/13
  • 69forever

***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.

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  • 1/9/13
  • Danthatman
Would you like to elaborate?
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  • 1/9/13
  • hlandrith

>>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.

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  • Mort2112
I'm in!
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  • Danthatman
I say that we have Thursdays with Ultimate Lou.
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  • 1/9/13
  • texccandaj

Clarabell? Buffalo Bob? Cool

Would be an improvement


Edited 1/9/13   by  texccandaj
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  • gilforhof
Sky King? Hopalong Cassidy? The Cisco Kid?
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  • gilforhof
You sir are a master of trivia. To the best of my recollection and budding testosterone factor at the time, the Princess was a honey.
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  • hlandrith

>> 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).

Geesh

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