At one time, every television station in Chicago produced or aired some programming for children. From the late 1940s through the early the early 1970s, 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 and inventiveness. With a wide range of characters and formats, the shows drew a legion of devoted young fans. The mere mention of their names brings smiles to the faces of Midwestern baby boomers everywhere: Kukla, Fran & Ollie, Super Circus, Garfield Goose, BJ & Dirty Dragon, Ray Rayner and Friends, and a host of others. Kids waited months--sometimes years--for tickets to Bozo’s Circus, where a pie in the face always got laughs and some lucky kid would get a chance to play “The Grand Prize Game.” Children’s television has evolved (perhaps for the better), but this book recalls some wonderful programs from this early chapter of television history.LONG OUT OF PRINT - - - NOW AVAILABLE AGAIN!
Softcover, 6 x 9, 249 pgs.