Friday, January 28, 2011

It's Howdy Doody Time!

Howdy Doody
Back in the 1950s, when I was a little kid, I used to love watching "The Howdy Doody Show" on television in the afternoons.
Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob
"Buffalo Bob" was the Emcee of the show.  He would open each show by very loudly asking the question, "Hey kids!---What time is it?"
The Kids All Sat in the Peanut Gallery
The kids who were present in the audience (sitting in an area called "The Peanut Gallery") would all yell, "IT'S HOWDY DOODY TIME!"

My Favorite Character Was Flub-A-Dub.  Flub-A-Dub Had a Duck's Bill, Cat's Whiskers, Squirrel's Ears, Giraffe's Neck, Daschund's Body, Seal's Flippers, Pig's Tail, and Elephant's Memory
 And with that, the show would begin.  There was a cast of characters that was as eclectic as you could imagine.  Howdy Doody himself was a marionette, as were most others in the cast.

Clarabelle with Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob.  Clarabelle communicated by honking horns on his belt and by squirting seltzer
There was Phineas T. Bluster, Princess Summerfallwinterspring (or was it Winterspringsummerfall?), Flubadub, Heidi Doody (Howdy's sister), Dilly Dally, Inspector John J. Fadoozle (America's #1 Private Eye), Sandra the Witch, Captain Windy Scuttlebut, Chief Thunderthud and Clarabelle the Clown.
Phineas T. Bluster, Mayor of Doodyville
The kids in the Peanut Gallery would become involved in the playing out of the script each day.

Chief Thunderthud.  His favorite expression was "KOWABONGA!"
Each character had its own unique personality. 

Princess Summerfallwinterspring
We need more wholesome, fun shows like this on television today!


  1. Sitting here smiling as I am reading your blog! LOVE IT!

  2. I'm too young to remember this show, but I watched TONS of Bugs Bunny and Friends. Now when you turn on Saturday tv, it's nothing but crud..

  3. I am too young for this show also, but I think what we need today is less TV, more kids outside getting exercise. Good old wholesome dirt and imagination.

  4. It's been a looooong time, wow. Howdy Doody was before my time, but I remember seeing it on the Syracuse station as a very young girl, before it was shelved. It's probably one of my earliest memories, because I was pretty young! Thanks for the memories (hey, remember THAT?!)

  5. This is a very beautiful memory. That makes me smile.
    Greetings Sabine

  6. A really light hearted post, Being in the UK I can't remember this shows but they sure looked like fun.


  7. What a fun post. I was a fan all those years ago. It was a simpler time that's for sure. Thanks for the memory. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Too bad, I don't now the Guy and Show but it remains me of the "Augsburger Puppenkiste" (cause of the puppets)

    ..and yes there should be more several good programs.

    Thanks for your comments and have a wonderful weekend.

    Greetings Petra

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  10. Well, here we have only talkshows about the crisis!...ha ha
    So , no tv!
    Have a great weekend!

  11. Just came across your blog from LadyBuginTexas - glad to see another Texan. We're up in the FortWorth area a lot to see our daughter.
    Now...Howdy're talkin' about one of my main men! Been there, done that, had the puppet!
    Stay warm!

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