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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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Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by LaPrincess on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 9:20pm CT

My great grandma had this record. Strangely Boxcar Willie looks like he could be related to my guy friend.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by pvx on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 12:49am CT

In reply to Szake's, T.K.'s, and Fuzzy's comments regarding the letters flashing in the corners of the screen at the beginning--I have seen this as well in other national TV commercials on film from this era.

I have a really good hunch as to what this is--going from my experience working master control in local commercial television and handling the physical airing of commercial spots (albeit much later in the early 2000s on videotape and satellite-delivered video files for on-air playout, as opposed to the film print this commercial is most likely from), this is more than likely an ISCI (Industry Standard Commercial Identifier) code, an unique 4 letter & 4 number identification code assigned to national commercial spots that receive national network and/or local affiliate airing. Each ISCI code is unique to the spot for identification for advertisers, ad agencies, post-production staff, and the station's/network's traffic/logging, ad sales, and and master control personnel. A typical ISCI code is usually in the format of ABCD1234.

I'd hazard to guess that it must of been the industry standard in the 70s to have the ISCI code digits show up on the corners of the first few film frames of the spot, to ease identification for the master control/projectionist/editor at a station to know what spot it was while splicing it together with other commercial films to make a spot reel (or when threading the spot by itself up in a film-chain projector) for airing in a local commercial break.

When the transition to delivering commercials to stations/networks on videotape became more common practice, usually the ISCI code was displayed during the slate & countdown before the spot on the beginning of the tape (obviously not aired, unless the MCO screwed up and switched it up too early ;) )).

I wonder of the ISCI code of this spot is something like xMxHx0x3 (the "x"s being whatever letters/numbers displayed at the left side of the screen, which is mostly cut off in this video), say, something like IMGH1023?


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Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by T.K. on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:04pm CT

I was able to stop on two frames... the first with M in the upper-right corner and H in the lower-right and the second frame with O in the upper-right and 3 in the lower-right. So... MO, H3? If it was flashing M-O-M, I'd think maybe it was a subliminal message to ask your mother to buy a ticket.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:39pm CT

Seriously though, it seems like the letters change in each corner very quickly, like it is cycling through something. I also see an 'O' in the upper-right hand corner. Can't we get the conspiracy nuts to break this down for us? This is probably bigger than the "subliminal" station sign-off message. ;-)


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:36pm CT

I still see the X. ;-)


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Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by Duck 182 on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 3:40am CT

I think I remember my Grandma and Aunt having this on 8 track.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by ER3017 on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:19pm CT

I see it too


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by Szake on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9:14pm CT

You can see a M in the upper right hand corner, an H in the lower right hand corner and an I in the upper left hand corner one second into the video.


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