Howdy Doody. (From: Earliest Memories)
We had been playing in the back
yard all afternoon when a man
in a panel van pulled up to our house.
We didn’t give him a glance
until mother called us into the living
room to sit on the floor and stare
at a screen in a wooden cabinet
on which fuzzy images floated past.
The man was on the roof hollering
to my brother to see if the picture
was better. No and no again.
He came down to fiddle
with the set and to say he’d fix it
before the show began. We fidgeted
and squirmed, the man went back
on the roof and at last all was clear:
“It’s Howdy Doody Time”
Buffalo Bob and Clarabell
the Peanut Gallery
then the red-headed star himself
in an awkward song and dance.
It was ok
but we wanted to go back out
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Great nostalgia, Jim, from the time when t. v. was snowy and picked up every plane that passed overhead. The show was a hit in spite of the disturbances and being lucky enough to go outside and play…
I remember our first TV – hours with no programming at all. We kids preferred the outdoors, too! But, oh I loved Howdy Doody! Thanks for this memory!
I really an enjoying this series, especially as someone who can’t remember very much of their past. These super early memories are interesting and you write them in a captivating way.
Living in the mountains, we saw so little of any TV. Once while in town I saw Howdy, but he was grainy and not much of a substitute for a real clown in a real circus that was almost as rare as TV back then. I love your stories and the excellence with which you offer them to us.
Ah, the days when we had to “fiddle” with the tv set! I really enjoy your themes each year. These poems spark memories all over the place.
I love everything you write! I remember Howdy Doody and the Mickey Mouse Club, Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans – – So many memories were triggered by the childhood memories you share. Thank you!