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One of America's most popular doo-wop groups in the late 50s comprised Gary Troxell (b. 28 November 1939, Centralia, Washington, DC, USA), Gretchen Christopher (b. 29 February 1940, Olympia, Washington, DC, USA) and Barbara Ellis (b. 20 February 1940, Olympia, Washington, USA). They met while seniors at high school in the girls' home-town. Originally a female duo, they recruited Troxell initially to play trumpet. The girls had composed a song, while independently, Troxell had written a hook that went something like: 'Mmm Dooby Doo, Dum Dim Dum Doo Dum'; they put them together and 'Come Softly To Me' was born. Their first moniker, Two Girls And A Guy, was changed by a Seattle record distributor Bob Reisdorff, who became their manager and founded Dolphin Records (later called Dolton) which released the single. Chart fame was instant for the distinctive trio.
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Howdy Doody sites
The real Howdy Doody is tucked away in a Rhode Island bank vault, a helpless puppet in a custody battle. A federal judge has determined the doll is not Double Doody, a little-known stand-in. Nor is it Ugly Doody, the original, who wasn't cute enough for TV. The dispute comes down to this: Heirs of Howdy's puppeteer, Rufus C. Rose, claim the freckled icon is theirs. The Detroit Institute of Arts says Rose promised it to the museum long ago. Lawyers make final pitches this week. Stay tuned. (May 22, 2000)
Click here for a nostalgic trip for Baby Boomers who remember one of the first nationally syndicated shows aimed just for kids, this site is also a great place for kids from today to visit, and not just because it'll show them "how things were in much simpler times." The all-new NBC/Studio FX website for the "Howdy Doody Show" showcases the freckle-faced marionette who starred in of television's most popular and fondly remembered children's programs. The site instantly transports Internet users back to early 1950s and is part of PlanetFX, the world's first Virtual Amusement Park. It features audio and video clips and photos from the original Howdy Doody show, historical stories and information, interactive games, and an extensive array of Howdy Doody merchandise and memorabilia that can be bought online.
Boomers remember their childhood entertainment on radio and television.
From the site below: "I have recently been helping with the cleaning out of a relative's old house in Tacoma. In this
have been some great finds. A mint condition matchbook from KEVR. From the October 28th, 1958 issue of the Tacoma paper I
came up with a TV schedule. In those days channel 11 was KTNT-TV and Channel 13 was KTVW. Here are some TV shows that might
bring back some memories."
Last year Americans bought 215 million computer and video games. In the Northwest in 1941, the year television debuted here, only about a thousand television sets tuned in to local broadcasts from KING-TV. The Home Show presents a view of the earliest years of television in the Puget Sound region, and illustrates how television shaped a picture of the region in that formative period from 1945 to 1970. Drawn from local collections, the exhibition includes photographs of important events, television celebrities, and the stations, studios, and equipment that produced the programs; early "TV guides" and advertisements; and newspaper clippings detailing the important contributions made by Northwest broadcast pioneers.
Above is KJR SuperCar photo with Pat ODay and Lan Roberts from KJR Radio
1934. University of Washington student Chet Huntley, above, later famous as a TV newsman, starts his career as a radio announcer on Seattle's KPCB.
Click here for Site promoting and describing a book - Wet and Wired: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Pacific Northwest, by Randy Hodgins and Steve McLellan. (includes local TV shows, people, places and things from the past)
Above is Brakeman Bill
Kukla, Fran and Ollie
J P Patches Sites
'King's Clubhouse' theme song