Cleveland TV Tales: Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television

Cleveland TV Tales: Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television


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Cleveland TV Tales: Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television by Mike Olszewski, Janice Olszewski

Remember when TV was just three channels and the biggest celebrities in Cleveland were an outrageous movie host named Ghoulardi, a gentle elf named Barnaby, and a tough-as-nails newswoman named Dorothy Fuldheim? These pioneering entertainers invented television programming before our very eyes while we watched from our living rooms.

Revisit the early days of local TV in these fun and fact-filled stories featuring . . . Paige Palmer, the fitness host who smoked four packs a day . . . Smooth-voiced Captain Penny, who reminded us, “You can’t fool mom” . . . Volatile talk show host Alan Douglas, who pushed guests’ hot buttons—sometimes until they punched back . . . Gene Carroll, longtime king of the amateur hour . . . Woodrow, the Woodsman . . . Romper Room’s Miss Barbara . . . Jungle Larry . . . and many other local favorites.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938441578
Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
Publication date: 10/24/2014
Pages: 187
Sales rank: 780,618
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mike Olszewski is a veteran Cleveland radio and television personality and the curator and archivist for the Ohio Broadcast Archive and Museum. He also teaches media and communications classes at Kent State University, the University of Akron, and Notre Dame College.

Janice Olszewski has more than three decades’ experience in the travel and tourism industry. Her photography has been published in "Filmfax," "Outre," and other national magazines.

Table of Contents

After the Test Pattern
Doug What's-His-Name and the Early Days of TV News
From Barn Dance to Upbeat
"My Dog's Name Is Barnaby"
"If you want to talk to me you can come to Cleveland!"
From Fanny Bumps to the Director's Chair
The Ultimate Amateur Hour
When You Didn't Have Another Program ...
"... but you can't fool Mom."
The Man Behind Mr. Magoo
Santa's Man in Cleveland
"My dad wants to sell you a car now!"
He Was Made for Children's Television
The Battle Behind the Glass
A Groundbreaker
Socko Meets His Match
Hands Off the Untouchables!
The Cleveland Clan
"No one believed that I could line up enough guests"

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Cleveland TV Tales: Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
131313BM More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing story of the history of Cleveland Ohio television. It starts with the beginnings of television and is a great read for anyone who is from Cleveland Ohio, or has heard about the many charactors that originated from here. The pictures will evoke tons of memories and I highly recommend Cleveland TV Tales to all Cleveland TV fans,as well as any former Cleveland residents who grew up or heard stories of our city's television start.