Skip to comments.Children’s TV pioneer ‘Uncle Al’ dies
Posted on 03/03/2009 5:00:44 AM PST by Slump Tester
CINCINNATI (AP) Al Lewis, who was known as Uncle Al on a long-running childrens television show that aired nationally in the 1950s, has died. He was 84.
Lewis produced and starred in The Uncle Al Show, which ran daily from 1950 to 1985 on WCPO-TV. The show aired nationally on ABC affiliates on Saturday mornings over two years in the late 1950s.
He died Saturday of natural causes at an extendedcare facility in Hillsboro, Ohio, said Craig Turner, of Turner and Son Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.
Dressed in a straw hat, a bow tie and an ever-present accordion, Lewis was a local TV icon. The show combined music, education, drawing and exercise activities for children, including boisterous rounds of Hokey Pokey.
His wife, Wanda, joined the cast as Captain Windy in 1956, and thousands of local children appeared on the show, including future acting star George Clooney.
Born Albert Lewis Slowik in Cleveland on Sept. 9, 1924, he served in the Army for three years before graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He joined WCPO as an art director in 1949.
WCPO said in a statement: Wanda Lewis wants the community to know how happy she and Al were to be a part of childrens lives for 35 years ... They felt very blessed to use their talents to bring smiles to childrens faces for so long.
His other survivors include four daughters, 13 grandchildren and a brother, Dr. Edward Slowik of Mason, Ohio, Turner said.
A memorial service will be held Saturday morning at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hillsboro.
Al Lewis, who was known as Uncle Al on a long-running childrens television show that aired nationally in the 1950s, died Saturday of natural causes at an extended-care facility in Hillsboro. He was 84.
The king is dead, long live the king!
How about “Uncle Orrie & Ferdie Fusbudget” on channel 7 out of Dayton? Did you watch that too?
Or Duane & Floppy on WHO TV...
I went to the Uncle Al show once. I still have the picture somewhere.
RIP, Uncle Al.
Rest in Peace, sir.
I don’t remember ever seeing this person. I must have slept through his show!
Nothing for Ferdie though.
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