That's a tough one... but I seem to remember Susan [Heinkel] of Susan's Show sitting in a large, cushy chair at times. Could that have been it? Some of the characters on the show, such as Mr. Pegasus, had strange powers, and maybe one of them was the ability to levitate things. Maybe he levitated Susan? ;-)
The one show I had a like/dislike for was Gigglesnort Hotel (early '80s); wasn't a fan of the Blob character, and most of the other puppets had varying levels of creepiness as well. But hey, what else was I gonna do early Saturday mornings before my folks were out of bed?
Speaking of commercials, i remember watching wrestling in the 70s. Bob Luce was the promoter and they had guys like dick the bruiser, the crusher, baron von raschke, yukon moose cholak....Anyway, they would do commercials for Ben's Auto, and they could never finish a commercial without cracking each other up. It was Bob Luce and a bunch of different wrestlers doing the commercials. they also did commercials for One Stop, where you could get beer, ribs and chitlins by the case.
Does anyone remember Flash Gordon being on? I think it was WGN on Sunday mornings. The "Clay People" would always creep me out. You couldn't protect yourself 'cause they would just come out of the wall before you knew it. And they also had at one time The Lone Ranger, Superman (already mentioned above), The Cisco Kid, and Mighty Mouse (Here I Comne To Save The Day). Along with everything already mentioned does anyone remember The Dick Tracy Show? It was hosted by Ray Rayner and came on at 7 AM. I would always watch it before heading off to school. That was right before they started the Bugs Bunny Show. WGN used their personalities over and over again to host many shows. Remember Family
Classics with Frazier Thomas? That was a really good show. WGN really did have a lot of good programming back in the day.
And as long as we're on it there should also be a thread for Chicago TV commercials too (unless I missed it). Remember Magikist?
(Magikist..Magikist..Magikist rug cleaning) or Mohawk 4 4100 CET for television. And whose commercial used to end with Hudson 3 2700...suburbs call collect.
I heard some great stories about Frazier Thomas. Supposedly he sometimes walked from WGN studios at 2501 W Bradley Place and took the Addison St bus west to go home, wherever that was. Also heard he had a large train set in his basement
@justacruzr2, I can remember a lot of those shows on TV. The Lone Ranger and The Cisco Kid are on every morning on COZI TV. They also have Hopalong Cassidy, Lassie, The Real McCoys and a bunch of other older shows I use to watch as a kid. I seen Rin Tin Tin somewhere not long ago.
Frazier Thomas did have an extremely large train set. I beleive O gauge.My uncle owned Devon HobbyModels in Chicago and Thomas would come in on sundays and pick up lots of supplies. This was the late 1960,s early 70,s.
One Sunday possibly in the sixties,I saw a game show hosted by Don McNeil. I don't remember the premise or the station, but I think they were trying to launch it nation wide. They weren't successful.
Other local memories
"It's Academic" WMAQ Saturday evenings. Local high schools competed in A College bowl type game show. It was broadcast from the Merchandise Mart.
"Passage to Adventure" WLS late Saturday evening. Travel show.
"The Old Barn Dance" WLS early Saturday evening.
"Lytt Television Theater" WLS Saturday afternoons. Lytt jewelers was the sponsor.
I don't know if Roller Derby was local. WLS broadcast it on early Saturday evenings. Also they had a half hour "man in the street" answers questions program that ran either before or after Roller Derby.
Richard Stachowski Wrote:
> Anybody remember Rex TV service at 60th & Pulaski
> or Home TV At Archer west of Kedzie in the
> basement on the north side of Archer.
The one on Archer was owned by a guy named Suda.
My aunt worked for him until he died sometime in the 70's
Loved Flash Gordon and also wrestling from Marigold Gardens.
Does anyone remember the Bert Weiman Ford commercials on tv? Each month there was a slogan to sell cars. April was particularly memorable--"April-itis--Swelling of the Inventory." My brother and I still crack up when we talk about it.