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