Memory Lane: Howdy Doody

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Buffalo Bob, Howdy Doody, and Flub-a-Dub

You were sort of supposed to watch this show, back when I was a boy–Howdy Doody, one of the monuments of kid TV in America. So I watched it sometimes, but it never quite caught on with me.

To me, Clarabell the Clown looked big and threatening (“You better laugh, boy, or you and me gonna have a problem!”), Howdy himself was kind of goofy, and Flub-a-Dub–well, what was Flub-a-Dub supposed to be, anyhow?

One day in 1957 (I think), the family of one of the kids in my class became the first family in the neighborhood to have a color TV. They invited the whole class over to see Howdy Doody on color TV. I remember it well: everything was a sort of seasick green. Color TV didn’t work all that well, back then. The people on my grandma’s color TV were purple.

I don’t know why, but the green-tinted characters in a green-tinted atmosphere remain my most vivid memory of Howdy Doody. That, and trying to figure out what Flub-a-Dub was supposed to be.

5 comments on “Memory Lane: Howdy Doody

  1. Didn’t care much for Howdy Doody. I remember the “Sherriff John Show” for kids in Los Angeles. It was at lunchtime, and he would have those watching play green light, red light. When it was green light you drank your milk, then stopped with it was red light. For some reason, I thought this was a fun thing to do.

  2. I watched Howdy Doody but wasn’t all that into it. I didn’t really like the marionette and the puppet, Flub-A-Dub. I love the puppetry of Shari Lewis with Hush Puppy, Lamb Shop, Charlie Horse.

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