Hey Kids! What time is it? Its Howdy Doody Time! The Museum of Science and Industry welcomes the original Howdy Doody marionette, along with his beloved puppet friends Flub-A-Dub, Princess Summerfall Winterspring, Inspector John J. Phadoozel, Phineas T. Bluster and Dilly Dallyat the opening of the Museums newest temporary exhibit "Its Howdy Doody Time!"
"The Howdy Doody Show" set the standard for the future of television and its connection to popular culture. Airing from 1947-1960, "The Howdy Doody Show" featured Howdy Doody, a marionette puppet and his friends, human and puppet alike. The residents of Doodyville enjoyed many adventures in the western town and entertained millions of Peanut Gallery members, both on the set and in their living rooms. Howdy even ran for "President of All Boys and Girls" and received a quarter million requests for campaign buttons. One reason for the shows success was that it focused on two things kids love, fantasy and slapstick. For visual excitement, there was the shell game, bursting balloons and everyone's favorite seltzer water squirting: while the characters and storylines comprised the fantasy aspect.
"The Howdy Doody Show" was the first network kids show to run five days a week, the first network show of the day, the first television show ever broadcast in color, the first to implement a split screen cross-country broadcast, and the first show ever to air more than 1,000 continuous episodes. It even received the number 2 rating for USA Todays "TV Shows That Shaped Our Lives."
The Museums newest temporary exhibit is presented as part of Puppetropolis Chicago, the city's international puppet pageant, featuring dozens of performances, workshops and exhibitions by local, national and international puppetry artists at locations throughout the city, June 14 - 24, 2001. Chicago's newest festival showcases a wide range of puppetry styles, from the traditional to the avant-garde, with shows for all ages. Puppetropolis Chicago is coordinated by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor's Office of Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, The Field Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Performing Arts Chicago, Redmoon Theater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Lookingglass Theater Company and The Actors Gymnasium. Puppetropolis Chicago is sponsored in part by Sears on State, United - Chicago's Hometown Airline, the Chicago Office of Tourism, the National Endowment for the Arts and citysearch.com. For more information, visit www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents or call (312) 744-3315.
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