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Old June 14th, 2007, 09:09 PM
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Couple things, "The Mighty Hercules" was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid, I have many of the shows on tape. I didnt see "Checkers & Pogo" originally, but grew up with the long-running "Bozo Show" in Chicago and when I lived in Phoenix we had "Wallace & Ladmo", which I found out was an inspiration to and led to the eventual creation of the "Checkers & Pogo" show.

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Old June 15th, 2007, 10:04 PM
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Yep... seems like only Morgan White remains... from the bygone dayz.



Snoop Dog? Paris Hilton? Oh... they're not local.



I like sci-fi and some anime. "Checkers & Pogo" as well as "Captain Honolulu" were some of the first places I saw sci-fi and anime (in a later time after the original sci-fi serials were largely gone): Astro Boy, Hercules, Speed Racer, Princess Knight, The Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons, Space Ghost, Space Angel, Clutch Cargo... plus in prime time they used show Johnny Quest and of course The Flintstones and The Jetsons.... all fun stuff for me... Saturday mornings... Underdog, Fireball XL5....

And don't forget the lady on the local "Romper Room" show.... was it Robin Mann? And on KGMB in the morning there used to be "Captain Kangaroo" featuring Bob Keeshan....

Some of the old black & white serials were shown on local stations Sunday mornings. KHVH TV (later to become KITV) countered "Checkers & Pogo" programming in the afternoon with cheesy American International type sci-fi, monster and teen flick movies.
I bought Thunderbirds and Speed Racer DVDs from eBay. When I used to live in Japan Speed Racer was known there as Maha Go Go and Princess Knight was known as Ribbon No Kishi.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 11:04 PM
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Man I feel old. Lippy Espinda, Lucky Luck, Captain Honolulu, Checkers (two times over) all gone.

So who are the local idols for today's local kids now anyway?
Locally produced kiddie shows with a live studio audience has largely died out, not just here but on the mainland as well. Back in C&P's heyday, you didn't have all these cable channels like Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, etc.

I believe the last Hawaii kiddie show w/ a studio audience was channel 13's "Dinglestar & Calisto," which featured a couple of actresses dressed up as aliens. This was sometime in the early 1980s and it was shown on Saturday mornings. But unlike C&P, it was just once a week and there were only a handful of kids there. That show didn't last very long. I believe this was before channel 13's call-letters was changed from KIKU to KHNL.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 04:26 AM
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I believe the last Hawaii kiddie show w/ a studio audience was channel 13's "Dinglestar & Calisto," which featured a couple of actresses dressed up as aliens.
I seem to remember that. No, I was too old for the target audience, but I liked cartoons and the two ladies were cute, so I watched for a different reason.

As I recall, the set designer for that show went on to do some work for the Star Trek movies. He'd worked out a way to build a spaceship cheap.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 10:10 PM
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Who was Pogo's sidekick after the last Mr. Checkers left the series? My wife swears it was the Fun Factory commercial guy?

Just watched an old Checkers & Pogo show last night, cartoons included:

King Kong (Rankin Bass), Tom Slick and The Mighty Heroes...

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Who was Pogo's sidekick after the last Mr. Checkers left the series? My wife swears it was the Fun Factory commercial guy?
After Mr. Checkers (Jim Demarest) left, Pogo Poge had no official sidekick. If you watch the C&P Remembered documentary, it pretty much states that Morgan White was left to host the show alone, although the program was still titled the "Checkers & Pogo Show." There was still the supporting cast that came in to help out, like Rob Hearn (Jake the Janitor), Fred Ball (Professor Fun), Freddie Morris and his ventriloquist dummy Alfred, and others.

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Just watched an old Checkers & Pogo show last night, cartoons included:

King Kong (Rankin Bass), Tom Slick and The Mighty Heroes...
Sounds like the recording that was shown on YouTube earlier this year. Did you get it from that guy?
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 12:19 AM
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There was a Wigmam on Dillingham too, anyone know what it occupies these days?

I saw a newspaper from 1969 the other day and saw that there were only 4 Safeway's on the island: Beretania/Manoa/Pali/Kailua.

And while looking at the newspapers and all the local ads and cheap buys out came a Checkers & Pogo autographed picture stuck between the newspaper.

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There were 2 Wigmams in the Dillingham Shopping Center complex. What was once the Wigmam department store is now occupied by Savers and Price Busters. The Wigmam furniture store space is now Office Depot.
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For anyone who cares, Fred Ball (Professor Fun) works as a messenger for the UH Cancer Research Center - still does kiddie parties.
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For anyone who cares, Fred Ball (Professor Fun) works as a messenger for the UH Cancer Research Center - still does kiddie parties.
Fred BALL was also my Speech Professor at HCC! Remember, "POW, POW, POW" where you called in to his tv show and played a "Space Invaders" type game that was used a "supposed" voice activated trigger to "shoot"? And then his signature, shaka at the end of the show while flexing his pinking signing off with "POW, POW, POW!"
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 04:57 AM
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Oh man Wigwam! Your dollar buys more at the Wigwam store...Wigwam! Dat da da da da...(now known as the McCully Longs Drugs)
My Mom shares her stories of being in the Wigwam parking lot, singing all the Doo Wop songs with her friends because the acoustics were good!?

Wigwam, then Pay 'n Save, the Pay Less, the back to Pay 'n Save and then Longs is that the correct order?
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 04:59 AM
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Although not part of the C&P show, KGMB also showed Jonny Quest, and one of my favorites, "The Mighty Heroes", with Strong Man, Tornado Man, Rope Man, Diaper Man, and Cuckoo Man.

Can't forget Spider Man and the Banana Splits.
Holy toledos TVGUY! I remember "The Might Heroes", I can see Diaper Man using his bottle as a weapon and Cuckoo Man barely being able to 'fly'! Sheesh, talk 'bout some random information stored in the brain! Good stuff!
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 06:26 AM
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After Mr. Checkers (Jim Demarest) left, Pogo Poge had no official sidekick. If you watch the C&P Remembered documentary, it pretty much states that Morgan White was left to host the show alone, although the program was still titled the "Checkers & Pogo Show." There was still the supporting cast that came in to help out, like Rob Hearn (Jake the Janitor), Fred Ball (Professor Fun), Freddie Morris and his ventriloquist dummy Alfred, and others. Sounds like the recording that was shown on YouTube earlier this year. Did you get it from that guy?
Yes I did, have you viewed this as well? Well for the episode of sorts he had an unoffical sidekick, I think he was called "Earl" by Morgan White at one point, a tall skinny older haole man.

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Old August 3rd, 2007, 07:22 AM
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Yes I did, have you viewed this as well? Well for the episode of sorts he had an unoffical sidekick, I think he was called "Earl" by Morgan White at one point, a tall skinny older haole man.

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That guy was Red, the pharmacist. (Although that might have been his nickname. Maybe Earl was his real name.) I kind of associate him with some of the "professionals" who came on the show from time to time to offer words of wisdom to the audience, like Mr. Mac of the Hawn. Humane Society and another old man (I forgot his name) who was a retired firefighter. Those guys weren't actors. Red was probably on that particular segment just to award prizes to the poster contest winners.

BTW, I only cared about that particular YouTube video because it showed my cousin Keala as one of the winners of that contest. She was 12 years old at the time.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 04:11 PM
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Wow you guys, talk about a trip down memory lane. When I saw "Checkers & Pogo" this first thing I thought about was the Banana Splits. But then... I forgot all about Rope Man and Diaper Man and all those guys!

Gulp, does this mean we're old?

Oh well, at least it was better than Barney!
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Wow you guys, talk about a trip down memory lane. When I saw "Checkers & Pogo" this first thing I thought about was the Banana Splits. But then... I forgot all about Rope Man and Diaper Man and all those guys!

Gulp, does this mean we're old?

Oh well, at least it was better than Barney!
Nah, not old...well-enhanced, more experienced, cultivated...but not old!
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 04:45 PM
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Yeah, yeah... that's it! Uh huh!

"One banana, two banana, three banana four..."
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Yeah, yeah... that's it! Uh huh!

"One banana, two banana, three banana four..."
Remember Danger Island? "Oh oh, Chongo!!"
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Was the Banana Splits on the Checkers & Pogo show?
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Was the Banana Splits on the Checkers & Pogo show?
I think they were back to back on one day of the week.
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Remember Danger Island? "Oh oh, Chongo!!"

It rings a bell... if I saw it I probably would. It does sound familiar. Hmmm...
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It rings a bell... if I saw it I probably would. It does sound familiar. Hmmm...
Danger Island was one of the live action (non-animated) segments shown on Banana Splits, featuring a very young looking Jan-Michael Vincent, who would later go onto fame in Airwolf. Yes, C&P show did present the syndicated half-hour version of the Banana Splits show a couple of times a week during the early-to-mid 1970s. My personal favorite Banana Splits segment was the Adventures of Huck Finn.
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I enjoyed Danger Island, those same Banana Splits packages where shown in Chicago where I lived then and most likely sold to stations throughout the USA back during the 70's.

I seem to also remember Roger Ramjet, Clutch Cargo, Secret Squirrel and some Octopus on Banana Splits too.

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Wow you guys, talk about a trip down memory lane. When I saw "Checkers & Pogo" this first thing I thought about was the Banana Splits. But then... I forgot all about Rope Man and Diaper Man and all those guys!
I remember Banana Splits, but what the heck is Rope Man an Diaper Man??
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I remember Banana Splits, but what the heck is Rope Man an Diaper Man??
Those were characters along with Cuckoo Man and others from "The Mighty Heroes" cartoon series which came originally from the "Mighty Mouse" cartoon series.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mighty_Heroes

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Aj, I remember Secret Squirrel too!

Apparently I have a selective memory. Oh well.

I must say that Diaper Man must be the grandfather of those kids on the Baby Emporium commercials!
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