The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television

The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television

by Ted Okuda, Jack Mulqueen

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At one time every station in Chicago—a maximum of five, until 1964–produced or aired some programming for children. From the late 1940’s through the early 1970’s, local television stations created a golden age of children’s television unique in American broadcasting. Though the shows often operated under strict budgetary constraints, these programs were rich in imagination, inventiveness, and devoted fans. Now, discover the back stories and details of this special era from the people who created, lived, and enjoyed it—producers, on-air personalities, and fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809335367
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2016
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 907,136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ted Okuda is a Chicago-based film historian whose previous books include The Columbia Comedy Shorts and The Jerry Lewis Films (as coauthor). His articles and interviews have appeared in a variety of media-themed publications.

Jack Mulqueen produced the golden-age kid shows The Mulqueens and The Mulqueens’ Kiddie-A-Go-Go (both starring his wife, Elaine) and the dance program The Swingin’ Majority, all of which received Chicago Emmy nominations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xv

Introduction xvii

1 A Historical Overview 1

2 The Show Must Go On: Preparations, Rehearsals, and Tomfoolery 11

3 The Ratings Game 23

4 The Puppet Master: Burr Tillstrom and Kukla, Fran, and Ollie 31

5 Circus Cinderella: Mary Hartline and Super Circus 43

6 The Golden Egg: Taking a Gander at Frazier Thomas and Garfield Goose 51

7 Ray Rayner Shine: Ray Rayner and His (Many) Friends 67

8 A Trunk Full of Memories: John Conrad and Elmer the Elephant 89

9 Meet the Mulqueens: Pandora, Mr. Hands, and Kiddie-A-Go-Go 97

10 Working for "U": Attic-A-Go-Go at the Board of Trade 117

11 B.J.'s Dragon Tales: Bill Jackson's Dirty Dragon, Cartoon Town, and Gigglesnort Hotel 135

12 Clowning Around: Noontime Fun at Bozo's Circus 155

13 Animal Instinct: Dr. Lester Fisher and the Ark in the Park 187

14 An Arctic Blast from the Past: Hardrock, Coco, and Joe 197

15 Kid Show Roundup: From Ding Dong School to Jobblewocky Place 201

16 Puppets, Pies, and Prizes: Saluting a Golden Age 211

17 Chicago's Golden Age Kid Shows: An Alphabetical Directory 219

Bibliography 233

Index 236

About the Authors 251

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