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Hi There, Boys and Girls: America's Local…

Hi There, Boys and Girls: America's Local Children's TV Programs (2002)

by Tim Hollis

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Being born in the 80s and raised on Sesame Street and Nickelodeon, I missed out on this era of television. The packaged format of a costumed host, a studio of kids, and the like sandwiched between cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Mr. Magoo, and The Three Stooges! Though some we still remember in some degree, Bozo, Romper Room, Time for Beany, this book gives an interesting look at the phenomenon and has sections detailing most of the hosts and shows in all 50 states. Maybe you might find an old friend! ( )
  HShannon | Aug 17, 2018 |
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Whatever happened to Bozo the Clown, to Aunt Norma, to Solomon C. Whiskers, those television celebrities who hammed it up between cartoons and contests during local kids� shows? In Hi There, Boys and Girls! America�s Local Children�s TV Programs, Tim Holllis tracks down the story of every known local children�s TV show from markets across the United States There have been many books about children�s television on the networks, and such shows as Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody and Sesame Street are legends in broadcasting. For every performer on the scale of a Captain Kangaroo or a Buffalo Bob, there were five or six local personalities who were just as beloved by their viewers - and sometimes even more so - since these local stars could be counted on for appearances at stores, children�s hospitals, and shopping centers, where kids could meet them face-to-face. Hi, There, Boys and Girls! Includes a capsule history of this programming from the earliest days of radio to the early 1970s, when a combination of social changes and broadcast regulations sent most of the hosts into retirement. Walt Disney observed that while there is very little adult in a child, there is a lot of child in every adult. This book will bring back a flood of long-submerged memories for anyone who was a child during this golden era. Includes Uncle Walt (Sickles), Miss Nancy (Stillwell), Flippo the Clown, etc.… (more)

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