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Saturday, August 17th, 2019
44 Years Ago Today on Channel 44

Here's the "Viewer Mail" segment of Popeye with Steve Hart which aired on WSNS Channel 44. This was from the original master tape, recorded on August 1, 1975. Includes:

Steve welcoming everybody back to the show, joined by the puppet "Bookie Worm" who advises this is Mail Day on which viewer mail is read; he says he will pick five winners, with the sixth to be invited to the lighthouse if they send a letter with the words "I Watch Popeye on Channel 44." Before reading the first letter, he shows a large card with Channel 44's address, for kids to send color pictures, with the "I watch Popeye..." message on the back of the card. The first letter he opens is from Jeff Lyle (sp?) of Normal, IL, who sent a drawing of Popeye and Swee' Pea; Steve's prize for him are some buttons and other surprises. The second letter is from Annie Moore of Gary, IN, who sent a very faint picture of Mrs. Mustard and an "I watch Popeye" message. The third letter is from Brent Kult of Lafayette, IN; his letter says "I watch you every day," and enclosed a color drawing with Superman, Spider-Man and Popeye; Steve announces Brent will also receive some buttons. The fourth letter is from Ronald Smith of Rock Island, IL, whose letter is a bit hard to read, but did have a little picture below. The fifth letter is from Fred Kwains, 13, and Stan. The big winner (to be invited to the Lighthouse, have lunch with Steve and the puppets, win a whole case of Kayo and an account with National Bank of Albany Park) is Charlton Shan of Wheeling, IL, who sent a letter with the magic "I watch Popeye..." words. With that, Steve signals for the next Popeye cartoon.

This aired on August 18, 1975.

WSNS Channel 44 - Popeye with Steve Hart - "Viewer Mail" (1975)

Here's the "Viewer Mail" segment of Popeye with Steve Hart which aired on WSNS Channel 44. This was from the original master tape, recorded on August 12th 1975. Includes:

Steve welcoming everybody back to the show, joined by the puppet "Bookie Worm" who advises this is Mail Day on which viewer mail is read; he says he will pick five winners, with the sixth to be invited to the lighthouse if they send a letter with the words "I Watch Popeye on Channel 44." Before reading the first letter, he shows a large card with Channel 44's address, for kids to send color pictures, with the "I watch Popeye..." message on the back of the card. The first letter he opens is from Jeff Lyle (sp?) of Normal, IL, who sent a drawing of Popeye and Swee' Pea; Steve's prize for him are some buttons and other surprises. The second letter is from Annie Moore of Gary, IN, who sent a very faint picture of Mrs. Mustard and an "I watch Popeye" message. The third letter is from Brent Kult of Lafayette, IN; his letter says "I watch you every day," and enclosed a color drawing with Superman, Spider-Man and Popeye; Steve announces Brent will also receive some buttons. The fourth letter is from Ronald Smith of Rock Island, IL, whose letter is a bit hard to read, but did have a little picture below. The fifth letter is from Fred Kwains, 13, and Stan. The big winner (to be invited to the Lighthouse, have lunch with Steve and the puppets, win a whole case of Kayo and an account with National Bank of Albany Park) is Charlton Shan of Wheeling, IL, who sent a letter with the magic "I watch Popeye..." words. With that, Steve signals for the next Popeye cartoon.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, August 18th 1975 during the 3pm to 3:30pm timeframe.

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Viewer Comments

I honestly thought he said "A whole case of kale", which I presumed was some sort of spinach tie-in. Kayo makes a lot more sense.

Fun stuff, and so clean and clear for being so old (I know it's a Master Tape and not over-the-air, but still).

Comment posted by svejc on Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 at 12:57pm.

W.B. thought he said kale too. :-) I wasn't sure until I was told by Steve Hart about the Kayo drink connection. That was some goood stuff, Kayo. Too bad they don't make it anymore.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 at 2:14pm.

Shows ya' what I know. ;-) Never even heard of Kayo drinks until now. Don't know if they were sold in NYC and environs (given that some brands were and are regional in nature and not necessarily national).

This was all of three years after the last of the old-style children's hosts in New York was put out to pasture back in '72. This ties in to Popeye because the host in question was "Captain" Jack McCarthy (whose last hosted show was of the old theatrical Popeyes), and the station was WPIX Channel 11 (a.k.a. WGN's sister station).

I wonder, though: Which of the Popeyes was run on WSNS - the 1933-57 theatrical shorts produced first by Max Fleischer studios (1933-42) and then Famous Studios (1942-57)? Or the 1960-62 made-for-TV King Features syndicated 'toons whose production was all over the place (not just Paramount, but also Jack Kinney, Gene Deitch and the man who later owned the Bozo franchise, Larry Harmon)?

Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 at 6:06pm.

I remember the drink Kayo from the 1970s. Wasn't impressed with the taste.

W.B.- WSNS ran the 1960s made for TV Popeye cartoons.

Comment posted by Phantom on Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 at 6:16pm.

Which of the Chi-town stations would have had the 1933-57 theatrical 'toons at the time of this?
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 at 8:47pm.

At the time WFLD 32 had the Fleischer/Famous Studios Popeye cartoons.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 at 10:09pm.

These were the limited animation Popeye cartoons, with Brutus instead of Bluto.

This is a real treasure! Great children's programming, on an obviously small budget. Probably most of what they spent went to pay talent. Still, great theme song, great graphics, incredible talent and puppets. Possibly the last stand of really original children's TV.

Comment posted by Larkin Royal on Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 at 10:55pm.

I think it was that period in Popeye's animated history (the syndicated limited-animation installments) that may explain the part in the "Russian Show" episode of "SCTV" where SCTV put together a production of "Julius Caesar" with Bobby Bittman (Eugene Levy) in the title role - and his main adversary was called "Bluto." (And we know the actual name of Caesar's foe, don't we?)

And as for which Popeye cartoons aired where - in NYC, while WPIX had the Fleischer/Famous Popeyes, WNEW Channel 5 had the King Features made-for-TV efforts. Later in the '80's WNEW got the Fleischer/Famous shorts. May've coincided with when then-parent Metromedia took control of WFLD.

Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, April 4th 2012 at 4:51am.

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