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by sloanranger

sloanrangerDoes anyone remember Howdy Doody?
Howdy was a puppet on early TV. And us kids,
we sat there in the Peanut Gallery – at home, or in the studio –
and watched, watched Clarabelle the Clown running up and down
the aisles squirting Buffalo Bob with his seltzer bottle.
They were the only two humans on the show. I don’t know,
maybe he was trying to wake him up.
And remember the banker, Mr. Bluster and how flustered he got?
And what about Flub-a-Dub? I was never sure what he was supposed
to be. I think it was a duck.
And then Howdy was in Mad Magazine and they called him
Alfred E. Newman.
Uncanny, how the media tries to warn us sometimes
and from the Titanic to Three Mile Island – they warned us.
Howdy began to multiply in the eighties; he even became
President of the United States and he began bombing countries
and people for no reason. ‘What, Me Worry?’
His successors are still at it and a lot of those little kids
who grew up with him are still cheering.
He was on two or three late night shows for a while: Ted Koppel and
Letterman retired, but Conan’s still there. Sometimes I wonder
what his next incarnation will be.
There was only one character on the show I really loved –
the only girl puppet, Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring.
And the thing I wonder most about now, is,
who was back there, pulling all those strings?

4 Responses to Puppets

  1. glynhockey May 22, 2017 at 2:04 AM #

    There are some serious messages here.

  2. sloanranger May 26, 2017 at 3:25 PM #

    glynhockey – you are indeed correct, Glyn. You can see him on you tube & its really almost jolting.

  3. Shannon Kellie May 27, 2017 at 2:37 PM #

    Such an interesting article. The observations are keen and certainly make a person pause and consider.

  4. Desiree Morgan May 29, 2017 at 4:15 PM #

    I once had a lesson to teach to my school, Using a treasured friend, a local newspaper, along with w witty poets’ historical point of view. I was able to capture attention! and questions!. ..getting the students mind’s to with poetry have fun! So I wanted to praise both the newspaper and poet and post my own admiration.
    ( Two lost Arts I hope Shall Live Forever ). __ This was not sponsored by Classroon 210

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