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KOCO Channel 5 - Lunch With Ho Ho (Promo #1, 1965)

Here is a promo for "Lunch With Ho-Ho" on KOCO-TV Channel 5 in Oklahoma City. This was a children's program featuring HoHo the Clown (played by Ed Birchall) and Pokey the Puppet (played by Bill Howard, the station's long-time stage manager wearing a sock-puppet on his arm). (we also see Jeanie the Dog here)

From the clapboard (held by Bill Howard) we can see that this promo was recorded on Wednesday, August 11th 1965. The Director was "Thrash" (Bill Thrash (originally Carroll Thrash?) - son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Thrash) with Camera by "Rose and Waters".

This likely aired on local Oklahoma City TV in mid-August of 1965.

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Good doggie. Creepy hobo clown.
Comment posted by APM on Thursday, September 16th 2010 at 11:24pm.

Now, now - this was a beloved children's TV icon in Oklahoma, so let's be nice. :-) From what I've read, the man playing HoHo, Ed Birchall, was a sweet and gentle soul who often volunteered to entertain children in hospitals.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, September 16th 2010 at 11:28pm.

This was pretty cool! I wonder if this was still on the air in '71 when my sister was born in OK City...
Comment posted by Pete on Saturday, September 18th 2010 at 12:44am.

Oklahoma City it is. Ed Birchall was an awesome, grandfatherly type. Just as nice in person as he appeared on TV.
Comment posted by Larkin Royal on Saturday, September 18th 2010 at 11:09pm.

For about 20 seconds I was wondering where I recognized that music at the beginning, and then I realized... it was from some home movies of my wife's home movies of when she was a kid, probably done around the early 70s! So, obviously that was just some sort of "public domain" music they used, that places that converted home movies for you also used.
Comment posted by afdave on Tuesday, September 28th 2010 at 7:47pm.

afdave: The song is a variation on "Main Title" from the soundtrack "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" from the album "Our Man In Hollywood" by Henry Mancini.

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/store/MP3/1304/1-03_Main_Title.mp3 and http://www.legalsounds.com/download-mp3/henry-mancini/our-man-in-hollywood/album_33744

Comment posted by Szake on Saturday, July 21st 2012 at 9:56am.

One of the puppetmasters recently passed away...

http://newsok.com/bill-howard-longtime-oklahoma-city-tv-personality-dies-at-77/article/3744489

Comment posted by afdave on Thursday, January 10th 2013 at 5:40pm.

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