8:30PM - Spelling Bee. Another smart marketing move--putting your address in your jingle. Then came channel 12 and we thought we were in heaven. Something went wrong. Stadium I've only been spent the majority of my adolescence around 43rd and Howard ave. As I We'd ride our bikes there and Mr. Lovering (sp?) Another I reall from I remember watchingMarquetteUniversityplay football at Marquette Stadium on35thstreet. from October 10, 1964 through October 29,1977. In 1966 or 1967, my folks bought my brother and I a set of inexpensive Please help keep this special corner of the World Wide Web alive and well. I remember once while the County Fair was going "Barbara Becker, Homer Albert the Alleycat and Barbara Becker on Cartoon Alley Barbara also answers to Barbara Ulrich, Barbara U Ulrich and Barbara J Becker, and perhaps a couple of other names. My people would have them deposit a coin, they they'd play the music on a turntable for that person. I never do anything wrong. When men's trousers had a little extra belt in the back. I was so excited to buy some I also recall riding theWells Streetstreetcar across the viaduct( that was as scary as anything you could imagine). I remember always being asked how old are you? Open flames from smokestacks and as kid they frightened me! as the hoods of half a dozen cars began singing: "We are the Phil Tolken children say "dad you told me that already". A children's show with "Albert The Alley Cat" and Barbara Becker presenting cartoons for WITI-TV Channel 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1961 till 1968.A children's show with "Albert The Alley Cat" and Barbara Becker presenting cartoons for WITI-TV Channel 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1961 till 1968.A children's show with "Albert The Alley Cat" and Barbara Becker presenting cartoons for WITI-TV Channel 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1961 till 1968. (WITI-TV photo by Dave Witman). Spherris Sporting goods (Capitol dr) He will forever be remembered for pronouncing humidity as "humidery" when giving the "sadistics". Beginning on 11 July, it ran one hour later, at 8:00 a.m. On 3 October it shifted back to its 7:00 a.m. slot, and on Monday 27 October, it was once again scheduled M-F at 7:00 a.m. During this time period, Jack DuBlons station duties became more time consuming, and he left the show. Ward Allen & Albert the alley cat (doing animation of the sleigh, with Santa and the reindeer intact, leaving the southsiders Allis Along with my 2 cousins,( we were around 4 or 5 yrs old) they would take us on walks to 3rdStreet all the way down to Schusters. crabbing in Wilson Park's pond. been. I was born in 1956 at St. Joe's. We all got a flag. - eBay Money Back Guarantee - opens in a new window or tab, Report this item - opens in new window or tab, 1958 PRINT AD ~ WITTNAUER CINE-TWIN MOVIE CAMERA PROJECTOR New Invention (#174916113208), 1978 TV AD JACK LAMBERT PITTSBURGH STEELERS SAM NOVER ANDY RUSSELL NFL FOOTBALL (#185666614175), 1957 CBS TV AD SEARCH FOR TOMORROW SOAP OPERA MARY STUART ACTRESS (#185715743638). Going to see the White Sox play several games at County Stadium between when we had the Braves and Brewers. Letters. The parade started in front of my schoolSt. Mary Czestochowa. - eBay Money Back Guarantee - opens in a new window or tab. (Dig? Oklahoma was hebusiest intersection in Milwaukee.) "Albert and Friends" made its debut on 24 January 1981. DuBlon continued to hold other side jobs, such as chief auctioneer for Milwaukee Auction Galleries (He was an avid collector of antique firearms and movie memorabilia. During the riots in the summer of 1967, we would sit on our front porch Barbara Becker had married Jim Major, who started as a floor director, and went on to become the station's program director, and operations manager. In 1966, he and other WITI-TV personalities including John Anthony, Barbara Becker, and Earl Gillespie were joined by pianist Tommy Sheridan to form "That Late Show Bunch", a local talk/variety show at 12:15 a.m. Saturdays. Or my buddies and I would go in the closed off balcony and make some rude noises during romantic movies. north then west and through Wauwatosa eventually finishing at the Blue Jay has changed many times in the years since they closed and just re-opened as a restaurant. me (Courtesy of WITI-TV), Barbara Becker and Albert entertain a visiting group of children. The lighting was turned off when Legal practice includes family law, divorce and estate planning. Nope. During that time, he developed an idea for a puppet show built around an alley cat, and later received a copyright and design patent for the show "Cartoon Alley". This arrangement continued until the last Funny Farm show on February 1, 1974. The Funny Farm, also with Barbara Becker and Albert and they added a Mr. "Who alive then Ward Allen left WITI to open a green house, and currently But what made these locally produced shows so memorable were their out-of-studio appearances during the summers. Then came the 60's and at the end of the 60's we got our MUSCLE CARS. Take me back may be wrong about this one. commented on by McGuire when he first came to Milwaukee. (Courtesy of WITI-TV), Over the years, the shows featured such cartoons as Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, The Max Fleischer/Famous Studios Popeye's, Casper and the Harveytoons, Tales of the Wizard of Oz, The New Adventures of Pinocchio, Touche Turtle, Wally Gator, Lippy and Hardy, The King and Odie, The Hunter, Tooter Turtle, The Mighty Hercules and later (after WISN-TV failed to renew them) the AAP package of Warner Brothers cartoons. Link to actual Milwaukee CB radio recordings from the late 60's early 70's. More Retro Memories Sent in by Viewer . perhaps 1 or 2 other folks. game We walked up and down, I remember going to the Grand movie theater on Sunday afternoons on. It is one block long. I was born in'55 in Milwaukee on the Northwest side. Becker?) Remember Buran AMC at 62nd and National? I'd hear Diana Ross and The Supremes as clear as a bell. We lived in Fox the Eighth" while channel 4 opened their news with Chicago's intro to At least there still is the Butler . If you never had one of Ma Flemming's beef sandwiches with some A&W rootbeer you never lived. Performance & security by Cloudflare. Is there more information about that others can share? Rustbuckets that used more oil than gas. memories from the 50's 60's 70's. A.Rothenhoefer Though weve maintained Retro-Milwaukee without support from advertisers, its becoming increasingly difficult to do so. They range in age from 15 to 22, three are in college and one is a freshman in high school, and they all seem academically accomplished. Photos appearing on this web site are the property of their respective owners, are protected by copyright, and may not be reproduced without permission. 6. remember him singing the "Summerfest" song. Leon's is still there and still has excellent custard. Goldmanns did close in 2007, my Husband and I had to buy a hamburger and malt at the dinning counter. -------------- Of course, the kids relatives did so as well. Milwaukee The chocolate covered cherries and the huge chocolate cream eggs. Timing it perfectly for the moment of passion. Went to Steuben where there were yearly riots, yet not one report on TV about school violence. For six months, she flew back to Milwaukee once a month to tape 4 weeks of the show, but elected to end her involvement at the end of January, 1974. --------------- And help me out here, anyone (Bueller? Ice Sister Alcantara was my favorite teacher. Where has the time gone? In October of 1977, he ended his 13 year run as "Dr. Cadaverino". This was the first children's show to be equally popular with children and adults. (WITI-TV photo by Dave Witman courtesy of Darlyne Haertlein). Remember the hideous yellow banana suits and guys hopping all over your car to check the oil and battery and was your windshield and gas was 24.9 a gallon? We also wore them in the yard with a leash rope about 15 ft long tied to the washpoles. There was no safety standards then. Tim S. I was the last class from St. Francis to be allowed to attend a Milwaukee high school.) As I got older, I got wiser even though I was sitting in front of 1961 promo card sent to kids who requested it. would give us free baby root beers and popcorn. By the way "great idea!" The late Jack DuBlon was the puppeteer behind the Brooklyn-accented Albert the Alley Cat, Albert's twin brother, Filbert, Alice the Alligator, the cigar-chomping Rocky (who's making a comeback on cable these days) and all the other non-human denizens of WITI-TV 6's Cartoon Alley and later on Funny Farm. I remember Miss Jane starring into the TV at the end of the show, whispering "Be a Do bee, Johnny; Be a Do Bee, Mary. I always wondered if that was where Geoffery inSt. Francisand justnorth of Coldspring. because both my parents worked. indoors!" Perhaps this was a seventies version of the old '59 ad Berg then did a pilot, and waited for the opportunity to surface. My grandparents owned a building on Upper Third Street. I loved visiting my dad at the Woolworths. Barbara is related to Ferdinand R Decker and Marilyn J Decker as well as 1 additional person. If any one can add any details to these memories please do. "Funny Farm" added Roger Ramjet, Rocket Robin Hood, and Max the 2000 Year Old Mouse. Al's Custard was torn down a while back. Keep the smiles on the faces of you, your family and friends, and the thousands of Milwaukeeans who come here to remember and share their stories. I remember it well. Crushing pennies on the rails of the God love old Sam Sloan. Don't ask me why. change a I recall eating at the lunch counter at Gimbels. In 1968, the. I remember going to the Grand movie theater on Sunday afternoons onHolton Street. The #11 steetcar line ended at Howell & Bolivar Ave. which I later used to go to Notre Dame High School on 5th & Mitchell. As the 70s approached, times began to change. He began his tenure as the puppeteer for "Cartoon Alley" in 1961. Home for Christmas
mouth when he yelled at us. I didn't know it at the time, but some guy named Willard Scott was Bozo before he grew up, and out, to be a popular weather guy. She sang with the Wayne King band - including their performance at President Eisenhower's inaugural ball in 1953. Thepaving of this creek taking away the grotto behind Kids had an opportunity to see these celebrities up close. ), visits to the zoo with George Spiedel, sign language lessons with deaf teacher, Evelyn Zola, Spanish word for the day, children's musical performances, cooking for kids, art gallery exhibits for kids and on-location filming around town. Because he was so close, we got him VERY clearly. Did my kids shopping at Sidelloes Ben Franklin on 13th street. WOKY Pops festival1969 featured The Monkeys, Andy Kim, Bob Seeger, The announcer I remember always being asked how old are you? Barbara Becker, who handled weather at TV 6, joined the Saturday morning shows. I remember staying with my aunts and grandmother during the day in the summer months I recall eating at the lunch counter at Gimbels. We had a cool corner store called Stawskis on 15th and Manitoba. I loved visiting my dad at the Woolworths. DuBlon left WITI-TV and Milwaukee in 1985 and moved to San Angelo, Texas. Judy Marks and crazy Bill Carlson the weatherman who advertised On 8 January 1962, the weekday show was shifted from the afternoon to 8:30 a.m., and continued through 30 August 1968. Cloudflare Ray ID: 7a12571c28041fec I wouldn't exactly call them junkers. with my parents when I was a kid. The show's immense reputation stemmed from its simplicity, gentle fun and frolic with puppets. It was better suited for a game show. ), and was named as WITIs "Nighttime Operations Coordinator" in 1977. WOKY was the hot spot on the dial (yes a dial radio, no buttons to press). recall Mr. Gernett's hair beginning to grey over the years on Dialing for Along with my 2 cousins,( we were around 4 or 5 yrs old) they would take us on walks to 3rdStreet all the way down to Schusters. Afterwards it was lit only for 'special I remember when they dedicated the little club house in the park in back of St. Gerard in probably 68 or so by the ball diamonds. Judy Marks the femme fatal of TV weather. Keep the smiles on the faces of you, your family and friends, and the thousands of Milwaukeeans who come here to remember and share their stories. the tired of 20th and Forest Home (we think), who used the handle "Garbage Can". We all got a flag. I used to walk to the Egyptian Theater on Saturdays and spend a few hours at the movies. By 1965, Albert became a fixture during the 10 p.m. news segments with weatherman Ward Allen. Wendy Kendrick I recall eating at the lunch counter at Gimbels. It was used Girls wore bracelets with soldiers names on them. 5. Pulaski and near St. Luke's (when you could still see the original Krazy King Konzol the Karpet King or was that a Saturday Night Live memories fade away! Bill Carlson (weatherman WTMJ) They have also lived in Chicago, IL. ----------------- It was a map of the state or the USA behind a sheet of Another feature was added as sort of an "Ann Landers of children's television. This arrangement continued until the last Funny Farm show on February 1, 1974. We would also ride the bus downtown and shop at Gimbels and Boston Store. my age, Avalon Theater, Mitchell Street, Downtown, Christmas parades on Wisconsin Ave.. My aunt and uncle owned a tavern and also had season tickets. Many, many times we sneaked through the fence by the old pumping station and walked down that path to Kern Park past the home of one who was referred to as "old lady Kane". 1960's Desing Pontiac on 3rd street, Chalmers, showing where the "cold front" was heading. 2000, WTVW. The Allis and Capitol theaters when I was in junior high school presented a challenge to sneak into. Dont let your Milwaukee Hawthorn Melody Milk. Free shipping for many products! pretty hokey ads. It has been replaced with a Family Dollar store. More Milwaukee Memories Page 9. . At least there still is the Butler Inn for good BBQ. Check out our history page! The show was re-titled You and I, with DuBlon's puppets and new hostess Darlyne Berg. the Some of the many custom-made sweaters and hats sent in by viewers for Albert. plexiglass that the weatherman would actually write on with a big El-Marko Later I moved with my mom and stepfather to 3800 N. 24th St. My aunt and uncle lived across from us, on 24th and Vienna, and on the opposite corner was Benjamin Franklin school. Surely those were the "Happy Days." There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data. the That affiliation brought along the network's Captain Kangaroo program. Some vandals placed "JESUS SAVES" right about the S&H Green Stamps poster. Anticipating this, it hired Jack DuBlon as a staff announcer in October of that year. We walked up and downWisconsin Aveon our leashes. Mayfair mall before it was enclosed Stars Barbara Becker Jack DuBlon See production, box office & company info Add to Watchlist Photos Add photo Top cast Barbara Becker Self Jack DuBlon Homer Gherkin If I remember TMER&L In our feeble little minds, we couldn't wait to get to school if it was going to be fun like that. Weather with Albert and Jerry Reno I played baseball at Pumping Station park as a kid and through my high school years atRiversideHigh School. on WTMJ Sundays,sponsored by Bluemound Furniture. Rocky Jones Space Ranger. hear about suspicious persons being stopped, break-ins, etc. stadium. I marvel that I managed to meet friends at the same place, at the same time and do the same things yet had no cell phone, no IPOD, no GPS, no computer, no car, and still managed to have a great life. Barnaby's Great-uncle ..and moved to Milwaukee when I was married in December of 1967. ballpark A long way from memories on s. 13th Street. 1977 photo. could add to. Thora Sue, Transdrift@aoldotcom replace the dot with a . Tuesday was guest star day. It may not have even been on TV6. Cigars, Sometimes there would be a neighborhood rumble where we'd go home and get our bike chains, show up at, , and somehow, nothing would happen. You know the ones. For those who miss Milwaukee I am forty years old and can't remember if I paid the phone bill last month Surely you had to take precautions or a spring from the seats might significantly alter your sex life. Alhambra, it. Marcs Big Boys) to 27th and Oklahoma (McDonalds and Marcs Big Boys) Dean Milano. All the "souped" up cars in the parking lot. Amongst other things, viewers sent Albert hundreds of custom-knit sweaters, which he would wear on-the-air. to every kids house in the world! Barbara Becker and her husband, Jim Major, moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1973, and Becker would commute back to Milwaukee once a month to tape the shows. miles to help the hungry all Albert the Alley Cat 1971 Press Photo Portrait of Barbara Becker, Milwaukee TV personality. The You and I cast in 1977. because both my parents worked. There's also a biographical page devoted to We all wore leather harnesses and leashes on these walks. DuBlon, who was born in Chicago, created Albert and Cartoon Alley in 1956 for a television station in Midland, Texas. I loved Albert the Alley Cat on Channel 6 (ABC). And whether it was nationally or locally produced, we were captivated. It, too, had a studio audience and featured cartoons like "Funny Company" starring Shrinking Violet, Buzzer Bell, Polly Plum and the villain Bell Laguna. He had the same mild-mannered temperament of the Jolly One, wearing an oversized coat with squared front pockets. I was born on an Army base in KY but lived in Milwaukee heaven. I remember Petes bakery and the cream puffs and crullers. He was replaced on the TV6 weather by Tom Skilling (now at WGN-TV in Chicago). Boy Blue on Howell is a Middle Eastern place called Sahara Cafe and talk and talk and talk" Also remember Punky and his Pals, and a The weather segment became exceptionally popular, and helped boost the stations ratings. More Milwaukee Memories Page 9. . These are just a few of the many good memories from the 40s,50s & 60s. There were several shoe stores on 13th street near The Sentry. My phone number began with hilltop. The 1960s brought CYO dances held at various Catholic churches, and garage bands would form and I would go to my alley where boys in the neighborhood got bands together in garages and played Beatle songs, sadly, one by one, each boy would go off to, and eventually I would not see them anymore. his antique auto collection in this We got a ticket for a cup of vanilla ice cream . I remember drives thruEstabrookPark(I think thats how you spell it) to see the 400 come racing by. Joe Dorsey, Mad Man Michaels, Fritz The Plumber, Jonathan Green, Ken Scott, Jack Raymond, Johnny Anthony and so many others. They were my Saturday mornings and early weekdays and caught them in the afternoons too. Danilo C. "Dan" FerrariBorn to Eternal Life on January 15, 2020, at age 89. Home for Christmas I adore your site! Dear uncle of Guy (Jane) Andreotti, Carol Wolf, Dean (Laura) Andreotti, and the late Benedict (Judith) Perszyk. Dick's page devoted to Milwaukee's TV Horror Hosts also includes more information, plus many more photos, about Big Boy is a Perkin's Restaurant. can forget the helicopter shots of the tower, and the announcer Nobody knew what it was for. I was born in 1945 and grew up on the east side ofMilwaukee. Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2008. Two of my aunts lived in the upper and lower rear duplexes. The 6 MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE? When I joined the Army (WAC's) in the 1970's, I went to the I remember watchingMarquetteUniversityplay football at Marquette Stadium on35thstreet. Keep the smiles on the faces of you, your family and friends, and the thousands of Milwaukeeans who come here to remember and share their stories. Congo Ave. is an angle street which Who doesn't remember Zuli's pizza? on April 1, 1961, the Milwaukee version of Cartoon Alley began airing. Oklahoma (NW corner), just a few blocks from my home. See? We would go to frequent the Rexalls on 16th Street by St. Alexanders. Good think it was the Shoddish and not a slow dance. bottom with over two thousand, 25 watt light bulbs and proclaimed for Nightmare Theatre.". Best Match Powered by Whitepages Premium AGE 60s Barbara J Becker Milwaukee, WI (Parkway Hills) View Full Report Addresses N 98th Ct, Milwaukee, WI Phone Numbers (414) nay - peek View phones Jack DuBlon was born in Chicago on 28 October 1929. What did it last? hotel. --------------- If you haven't you need to see it. Funtown Throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, Milwaukee was the quintessential American town, the best place in the world to call home. Bet NOBODY has the pictures of the Young America on Wheels show or the newspaper clips of it. "I'm a Man" Now it is something completely different. a Thanks--keep up this great piece of history for Milwaukee. While at the schools, he continued to have his visits filmed. There was "Romper Room." There was also a "big" lagoon where they'd rent boats for 50 cents. In the winter, I recall ice skating on theMilwaukeeRiveratGordonParkand the toboggan slide across the river. What a great site! Soon came Channel 6. CB at that time (ch. Others who appeared on the weathercasts with Albert included Nancy Grundle and Jerry Reno.
Allen was struggling for a way to make the show work. -------------------- the clean clothes on my moms wash line. 14, but also seemed to get ch. up the Of course, there was the marching song, "Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me M-I-C (see you real soon) K-E-Y (why because we like you) M-O-U-S-E." Each day was special. Throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, Milwaukee was the quintessential American town, the best place in the world to call home. was Solly We'd stop at the dime store at 35th and North. it Click here for a look at a series of shows which ran in early 1967. Tom Koester recalled that everyone had tired of the show, and that it was agreed that the concept needed updating.) talking Toucan that was one of Bob Trents puppets. 8:00PM - Gay Nineties. We never met him, but he sure made an impression on us. Milwaukeese. Kind of like the portholes on the fender of my dad's Buick. gone, of Memories, Send us Graduated in 1957. Grease and all. Sign me as a young 62 year old When the Oscar Meyer weinermobile used to park down on State St. I loved the hot dogs at Kwik Shake on 13th Street a block south of Oklahoma. When I was a little kid, Mayor Maier was Barbara Becker is 81 years old and was born on 06/19/1941. Store, Southgate Ford, Arlan's, Spartan's. Albert on his new set. Ron Kurer, . to downtown Milwaukee when they built Brookfield Square Mall. and Sign me as a young 62 year old Johnnie Walkers at Capital Court was a great place to find unique clothes to fit the genre of the time. We got the okay for the song year! Where IS that time machine??? Milwaukee may have forgotten me, but I shall always remember Milwaukee. Remember when Purity did home delivery of potato chips? I remember Quality candy at Christmas and Easter. Rank died of an aneurysm in May 2000 at age 83. Sometimes there would be a neighborhood rumble where we'd go home and get our bike chains, show up at Sherman School, and somehow, nothing would happen. We got a ticket for a cup of vanilla ice cream . reporting on Santa's progress from North Pole (Courtesy of WITI-TV), The gang is transported back to the time of King Arthur. I fondly remember my visits to Milwaukee Clem Zablocki. Mitchell Street State Bank across from Goldman's on I wonder if anyone remembers the huge S&H Green Stamps billboard painted on the side of a down town building in Milwaukee and a near by revival center. I have oft fantasized about leaving Several of Jack's puppets were used in story lines and interacted with Darlyne's puppets: Rapunzel, Roberta, Roxanne, Rufus and Gilda. Tanks would roll through our neighborhood to make sure that we were on our porches at the early curfew. Jack was a great talent and a dear friend. Sentry Foods on Howell was very convenient to shop at because I did not need a car to go there. It was live. Beloved wife of Jeffrey for 55 years.. L-R: Wally Dobiesz, Larry Grzegorek as "Jeremy the Jogger", and Darlyne Berg. the DuBlon was also a puppeteer, and had developed the concept for a kid's show called "Cartoon Alley" while at a station in Ft. Worth Texas. So I was easily amused. Lower Prices Every Day!" names On August 30, 1968, Cartoon Alley was renamed The Funny Farm, with DuBlon appearing on-camera as farmer Homer Gherkin, along with Barbara Becker and some new cartoons including Roger Ramjet, Rocket Robin Hood and Max the 2000 Year Old Mouse. Hi Mousketeers! Going to Milwaukee Hamilton in only it's third year Oklahoma was the in Alas, I am not an author--as you can prob'ly tell by my use of such words as