A little wooden puppet
who dressed like a cowboy
and had his own show, also starring Buffalo Bob Smith
(human), Clarabell the Clown
, Phineas T. Bluster
and Dilly Dally
. Every episode
started out with the question, "What time is it, kids?" to which everybody in the audience
shouted, "It's Howdy Doody time!
" and then the song would begin. You may remember this intro from Back to the Future III
goes back to 1954 and gets waken up by the show.
The Howdy Doody Show was actually quite ground-breaking. Before then, there were no TV
shows for children
decided they would try a children's television show and adapted the Howdy Doody show from the radio
on NBC radio. And the rest is history.
Currently, there is a legal battle going on over custody
of Howdy Doody
between the family of Rufus Rose
and the Detroit Institute of the Arts
. For more info on this custody battle, see The Howdy Doody Internet Conspiracy