First gracing the airwaves on December 27, 1947, marionette Howdy Doody was a true pioneer of American television programming.
Created by E Roger Muir and hosted by “Buffalo” Bob Smith, the show featured the title character and his fellow cast of puppets, Clarabell the Clown (originally portrayed by Captain Kangaroo’s Bob Keeshan, then later by Lew Anderson), and more, all inhabiting the fictional town of Doodyville.
The show became the model for many children’s programs that still air today, as well as being an early adopter of early color TV production — in fact, the show was used in part by NBC to help sell color televisions, as the network was owned by RCA at the time.
By the time the show signed off the air for the final time on September 24, 1960, it had become an indelible part of an entire generation — and the standard answer to the question: “Hey kids, what time is it?” It’s Howdy Doody time! – AJW