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A Tribute to Kukla, Fran and Ollie on the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of their First Broadcast.

Above: Kukla, Ollie and Fran Allison on October 13th, 1950, celebrating the third anniversary of their television debut. What do you imagine they're wishing for as they prepare to blow out the candles on their cake?

On Thursday, October 11th, 2007, the Curator of these pages (Rich Samuels) presented a brief tribute to Kukla, Fran and Ollie on the Chicago Tonight show---some sixty years after the Kuklapolitans made their television debut.

Included in the piece were vintage video clips including the KFO theme song (from the show's fifth anniversary in 1952), Olliver J. Dragon's explanation of television technology, portions of KFO's first broadcast after the show was cut back to fifteen minutes, and a bit of sentimentality from KFO's third anniversary show.

The original KFO kinescopes are part of the collection at the Chicago History Museum, a gift of Burr Tillstrom. They aired on WTTW with the permission of the Burr Tillstrom Copyright Trust.

Oh yes: in the clip I get the date of Burr's date wrong: he died in 1989, not 1959. I knew better, of course---but things like this happen in live television.

View streaming video of the KFO tribute of 10/11/2007

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