Kukla, Fran and Ollie On This Day 

On This Day in 1948 Kukla, Fran and Ollie First Episode Aired

On this day in 1948, the beloved children’s television show Kukla, Fran and Ollie made its debut. It was the first national show to be broadcast from Chicago, Illinois and aired on NBC out of WNBQ (now WMAQ-TV). The puppet show featured Kukla (a dragon) Fran Allison (a human) and Ollie the Magician (a burlap sack with a hand protruding from it). The show revolved around conversations between Kukla and Fran as they engaged in dialogue about everyday topics. They were often joined by other puppet characters such as Madame…

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Leave It To Beaver On This Day 

On This Day, October 4,1957 – “Leave it to Beaver” Debuted on CBS-TV.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 65 years since “Leave it to Beaver” first aired on TV. The beloved sitcom follows the life of young Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver played by Jerry Mathers and his brother Wally played Tony Dow and their parents, June and Ward. Starring Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver’s parents.   Memorable characters included – Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Wally’s mischievous, two-faced best friend. Rusty Stevens as Larry Mondello, Beaver’s apple-eating best friend. Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates (Gilbert Gates in first appearance), Beaver’s classmate and…

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