When I was a Kid, they opened a new Shopping Bag Grocery Store where we lived and Engineer Bill was there IN PERSON!
He had a Train Whistle Prize Machine. If you pulled the right handle and the Whistle went off, you won a prize. My buddy won the big prize, a scooter, and I won a Frisbee.
Those were the days, Children's innocence is a lost art nowadays.
Hobo Kelly was on Local TV as well but I never watched her.
I guess that makes me Misogynist.
We watched Captain Kangaroo in the early morning, before going to school.
Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade came on at 11:00 AM, and Engineer Bill aired around 6:00 PM.
Earlier in the afternoon was the Popeye Show, hosted by Tom Hatton, a WWII Navy vet who wore a sailor's outfit while he played Popeye cartoons.
On May 22, 1958, Hatton and the Popeye cartoons were pre-empted by news coverage of a massive explosion and fire at the Hancock oil refinery in Signal Hill, which sent smoke over our home, located about 20 miles away. And on May 5, 1961, Captain Kangaroo was interrupted by "a special telecast"--the launching of Alan B. Shepard, America's first astronaut, into space.