What a beautiful tribute and how lucky you were to be able to see them perform live. I loved Kukla, Fran and Ollie as a little girl, but since most of my exposure to them was through the CBS Children's Film Festival, I didn't "know" about Burr. In 2004, I "met" him on the internet, was fascinated by his talent and was delighted by the Kuklapolitans all over again. His Berlin Wall hand ballet made me cry and I was a fan for life. Here is my little salute to Burr and the Kuklapolitans:http://www.myspace.com/kuklafranollie
Dear Craig, In my interview with Paul Ashley..He told me that during a tripto Chicago,Ill. he was permitted to watch a broadcast of "Kukla,Fran& Ollie"being done live from The WGN TV Studios. It was during that broadcast..that was he inspired to create hisown repetory company of hand puppets and advertise his servicesas a puppteer in The New York White Pages. Which..he did and it led to his meeting Mr.Steve Carlin(Then TheHead of RCA Victor's Children's records Dept)..who needed someoneto help him create a new children's tv puppet show for NBC TV. The result was "Rootie Kazootie"..and as they say..the rest ishistory. Thanks For Sharing these rare pieces of tv puppetry historyfeaturing Ms.Allison,Mr.Tillstrom and "The Kuklapollitan PlayerPuppets", Mr.KTV. P.S.Do you know the name of the gentleman in the white shirt andblack necktie..who is talking with Mr.Tillstrom?
It's surprising to hear me say this, but even though I'm eighteen, I, at one point, have been into Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. I guess I've got a weak spot for puppets, even older ones...
In the late '40's or early '50's Kukla wiped his nose on the stage curtain after sneezing. During the next week the tv studio was sent a good number of handkerchiefs from the viewers. A simpler... sweeter time.