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LA kids' TV show host 'Sheriff' John Rovick dies
Sacramento Bee ^ | Oct. 6, 2012 | The Associated Press

Posted on 10/07/2012 12:54:25 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast

LOS ANGELES -- The host of a cartoon show known as "Sheriff John" to children in Los Angeles throughout the 1950s and 60s has died.

John Rovick died Saturday in Boise, Idaho after a brief illness, his former station, KTTV-TV, told The Associated Press. He was 93.

For nearly two decades, Rovick hosted a cartoon show that earned him an Emmy award for outstanding children's program.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: birthdaysong; johnrovick; sheriffjohn
I watched him as a kid and sang "put another candle on your birthday cake" with him many times.
1 posted on 10/07/2012 12:54:46 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor; onedoug

Another good kids tv host has died. I really liked watching Sheriff John.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 12:56:12 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: I Drive Too Fast
Anyone remember Doye O'Dell?

Peacorn, popcan, chewin' nuts, gumdy -- that's the candy man's song.

Channel 5 in L.A, back when.

3 posted on 10/07/2012 1:05:59 AM PDT by Misterioso (The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.--Rand)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

I usually “had lunch” with him on TV when I was 4 or 5. Remember DeMaggio carrots?


4 posted on 10/07/2012 1:08:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Misterioso

How about Hobo Kelley?


5 posted on 10/07/2012 1:10:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Misterioso

I remember Sheriff John quite well, and later on Hobo Kelly among others. But I don’t recall Doyle.


6 posted on 10/07/2012 1:13:33 AM PDT by Bullish (The stink from this amateur regime smells all the way to Kenya.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast
Rest in peace Sheriff John.

Thank you for being part of my childhood. You were part of a wonderful era that this Country sadly will never experience again.

His on screen persona matched his off screen life.

7 posted on 10/07/2012 1:15:41 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (How do you insult an Obama Voter? Call them an Obama Voter.)
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To: Bullish

Maybe a little before your time?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qh57HFBjc8&feature=share&list=UL8qh57HFBjc8


8 posted on 10/07/2012 1:25:24 AM PDT by Misterioso (The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.--Rand)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Are there any local stations that have their own children’s programming anymore? All I see are Disney, Nick and other syndicated programs.

We used to have several when I was growing up. In those days, they were good, clean fun and the kids could learn a lot of important things. Today, you don’t know what these programs are teaching your kids. They could be telling your kids that homosexuality is cool.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 1:29:16 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Misterioso

Yeah, I guess so.... I wasn’t born till ‘56.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 1:32:42 AM PDT by Bullish (The stink from this amateur regime smells all the way to Kenya.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Rest in peace, Sheriff John. You gave me much joy as a child. You made so many children happy in simpler times. Hope you meet Engineer Bill (red light, green light for milk) in the ever after. You both were good souls who cared about our youth.


11 posted on 10/07/2012 1:42:33 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Just....damn. I was an official member of the Sheriff John Lunch Brigade. He, along with Engineer Bill, Captain Zoom and Tom Hatten, was a big part of my early years in So Cal. “...your another year old today.” Crusader Rabbit and Rags the Tiger.....

God Bless you, Sheriff, and thanks for all the good times.

And, yeah, I remember Doye Odell - there is a name I have not heard in a while. And how about Spade Cooley??


12 posted on 10/07/2012 2:43:38 AM PDT by Donkey Odious
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes I watched her cartoon show in the afternoon also.


13 posted on 10/07/2012 2:46:00 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Oh wow! I remember him so many times in the 60s. One of his advertisers was Maggio Carrots. Yes, put another candle on your birthday cake!


14 posted on 10/07/2012 2:46:40 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter has more relevant&quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Misterioso
I don't remember him. Here are other children's shows that I remember.

Hobo Kelly, Romper Room, Captain Kangaroo, Tom Hattan (used to show Popeye cartoons), Wonderama (Bob McAllister), and Billy Barty.

15 posted on 10/07/2012 3:03:34 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: I Drive Too Fast
I was on the Sheriff John show - lived in LA and my mom did whatever you had to do to get your little kid on the show. I did the Red-light Green-light milk drinking game with Engineer Bill.

RIP Sheriff.

Put another candle on your birthday cake
were going to bake your birthday cake
put another candle on the birthday cake
your'e another year old today
happy birthday to youuuu!!
your another year old today!

16 posted on 10/07/2012 4:48:29 AM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Am I the only SoCal 1950’s young ‘un who remembers Skipper Frank?


17 posted on 10/07/2012 5:19:55 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: A Navy Vet

OK, you guys. I’ll see you and up you one. I was ON Engineer Bill; the only part of ‘building a railroad car’ I did was put the wheels on, haha. Sheriff John was wonderful, too.


18 posted on 10/07/2012 5:44:56 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

..Sheriff John, Captain Kangaroo, Engineer Bill, Skipper Frank, Chucko and Bozo the Clowns—my gosh, my childhood is really gone now...


19 posted on 10/07/2012 6:21:35 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Those WERE the days. I grew up in Cleveland and we had similar people. Most of the kids walked home from school and mom had lunch waiting. We’d watch the shows for a 1/2 hour or so and walk back to school.

Captain Penny was a train engineer. Barnaby was an elf with pointy ears. Woodrow the Woodsman. Mr. Jingeling, the keeper of the keys for Santa Claus. Franz the Toymaker.

They showed cartoons and had interesting people on such as Jungle Larry who brought wild animals, birds, and alligators.

None of them pandered to the little kids. They treated them with respect and tried to build them up by encouraging good behavior. They were “squares.”

Just like Romney who is ‘unlikeable’ because he is a “square,” too. Those old-fashioned values just don’t cut it with today’s cool people.

Now they have those rapid-fire, high energy, flashy shows with some super-slick adults, or worse, super-hip kids as hosts with the latest music pounding in the background. Each segment lasts about 30 seconds.

And they have shallow guests like some druggie movie star, singer, or some pandering politician like that barack obama guy.


20 posted on 10/07/2012 6:24:52 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Me too.


21 posted on 10/07/2012 7:38:11 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: I Drive Too Fast

RIP.


22 posted on 10/07/2012 7:51:09 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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23 posted on 10/07/2012 9:03:02 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I remember Sheriff John very well. I went to see him when he made an appearance at a shopping center probably around 1964. RIP.


24 posted on 10/07/2012 9:22:40 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Just like Romney who is ‘unlikeable’ because he is a “square,” too. Those old-fashioned values just don’t cut it with today’s cool people.

Perhaps it will one day be "hip to be square" again?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5YkmjalDg

(Couldn't find any record of political donations by Hugh Anthony Cregg III aka Huey Lewis, so I don't know who he supports.)

25 posted on 10/07/2012 9:32:05 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: Donkey Odious
I remember Tom Hatten. Didn't he wear a navy dixie cup for his Popeye theme? Do you remember Lloyd Thaxton dance show in Los Angeles? Remember Soupy Sales with White Fang?

Trivia question: Why did Soupy Sales get cancelled? It was a scandal. If you get it, you win an all expense paid vacation to fabulous Puerto Vallarta (recognize that prize?)...har!

Interesting that I can remember those people and shows, but don't have a clue as to what I did months ago.

26 posted on 10/07/2012 10:50:03 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Misterioso
"Anyone remember Doye O'Dell?"

I recognize the name but don't recall what he did.

Remember Bill Balance on LA radio when transistor radios first came out?

27 posted on 10/07/2012 10:57:39 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"How about Hobo Kelley?"

Remember the name but not the show. Didn't he have a clown makeup face with some kind of hat? I didn't like clowns as a kid and never watched Bozo the Clown for that reason.

Give me the Lone Ranger with the William Tell overture! Exciting even as a child. The hero that was the Ranger along with the music, installed some kind of goodness in my soul (even being from the original broken family). I have tried to emulate such through life - although not always on cue. I can still here the music as I write this.

28 posted on 10/07/2012 11:17:55 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: A Navy Vet

Yeah, Tom Hatten played Popeye cartoons, had a big easel and would turn random squiggles into cartoons. And who can forget Lloyd Thaxton and “King of the One Inch Ties” (remember those??)

And I LOVED Soupy Sales.....White Fang, Black Tooth and Pookie (not to be confused withe Pookie’s Tunes...). Ol’ Soup got in trouble several times. The one I remember most was for asking kids to find their parents’ wallets and send him any pieces of paper with pictures of presidents on them. And you never knew who was going to show up at his door. It was really great fun.


29 posted on 10/07/2012 11:24:25 AM PDT by Donkey Odious
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To: A Navy Vet

Hobo Kelly was played by a lady named Sally Baker.

30 posted on 10/07/2012 11:49:47 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MAN KCOP come long way from showing children show to Jermey Kyle show and Trisha show which spin off from Maury Povitch show


31 posted on 10/07/2012 12:13:25 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: I Drive Too Fast
Along with millions of Southlanders, I grew up with Sheriff John. I have a 78 rpm recording of his song The Birthday Cake Polka (1953), which was one of the first songs I learned to sing.
32 posted on 10/07/2012 12:18:50 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: SatinDoll
Am I the only SoCal 1950’s young ‘un who remembers Skipper Frank?

No, you're not. I regularly watched Skipper Frank and Tom Hatten on KTLA on weekdays. In 1960, I saw Skipper Frank in person when he made an appearance at a shopping center. The Skipper left us in 2000.

33 posted on 10/07/2012 12:26:46 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How about Hobo Kelley?

Yup... Back in the days when the only channels were 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. And they went off the air and turned off the transmitters at the end of the day.

34 posted on 10/07/2012 12:31:53 PM PDT by Redcloak (A founding member of Drunkards for Romney)
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To: WalterSkinner
Sheriff John, Captain Kangaroo, Engineer Bill, Skipper Frank, Chucko and Bozo the Clowns—my gosh, my childhood is really gone now...

I watched all of these shows. Another that I liked was Beachcomber Bill, who had a show during the summer of 1963. I recall how he would lip-synch popular songs of the day such as Green, Green by the New Christy Minstrels, Camp Granada by Allen Sherman, and Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport--songs that would appeal to kids. I think his show lasted only a couple months.

35 posted on 10/07/2012 12:40:58 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Misterioso; SortaBichy
Yep...and Engineer Bill ("Red light, Green light"), Kukla Fran and Ollie also.

Additionaly, as a young kid, Mom took me to a 'personal appearance' of Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody at the Alex Theater in Glendale....and my ticket stub got called to come up front onstage to receive my prize (a blowup beach-ball); I was mortified, but Mom prodded me to do my thing.

36 posted on 10/07/2012 5:58:24 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (No tagline until JR gets the snail out of this site....as he promised moons ago.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; SevenofNine

KCOP was the third-tier local L.A. station from which Keith Olbermann got fired as the sports guy......why??...for being the same prima donna prick that he remains as today.


37 posted on 10/07/2012 6:02:59 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (No tagline until JR gets the snail out of this site....as he promised moons ago.)
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To: Fiji Hill; BenLurkin

Stu Nahan (L.A. sportscaster, and favorite target of Jim Healy) also had an early show where he was “Skipper Stu”.


38 posted on 10/07/2012 6:17:25 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (No tagline until JR gets the snail out of this site....as he promised moons ago.)
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To: ErnBatavia

It’s hasn’t change now it my Fox allfiate my Fox 13 they show reruns of episode of White Collar House Burn notice and other USA shows

They also show reruns of TMZ they do have rerun Fox 11 at 10 at 11pm Don’t ask they show episode of Trisa show some judge show and Jermey Kyle show like Brit version of Jerry springer it really horribile


39 posted on 10/07/2012 6:30:05 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: ErnBatavia

It’s hasn’t change now it my Fox allfiate my Fox 13 they show reruns of episode of White Collar House Burn notice and other USA shows

They also show reruns of TMZ they do have rerun Fox 11 at 10 at 11pm Don’t ask they show episode of Trisa show some judge show and Jermey Kyle show like Brit version of Jerry springer it really horribile


40 posted on 10/07/2012 6:30:13 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: ErnBatavia
Stu Nahan (L.A. sportscaster, and favorite target of Jim Healy) also had an early show where he was “Skipper Stu”.

I was unaware of that.I met Stu Nahan in 1980 when I was taking a journalism class and he conducted a tour of the studio.

41 posted on 10/07/2012 10:19:33 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

“A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants”.


42 posted on 10/07/2012 10:32:15 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Remember the street cars on Brand Blvd? And a little movie theater that only showed westerns?


43 posted on 10/07/2012 11:25:04 PM PDT by Misterioso (The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.--Rand)
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To: Misterioso

That theater might’ve been the Capital.....I sure remember the Temple Theater.....only showed old horror movies, and three of ‘em for 10 cents.


44 posted on 10/08/2012 7:20:34 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (No tagline until JR gets the snail out of this site....as he promised moons ago.)
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