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Willie The Worm, Gene London And Pixanne - About NBC 10 News St...

There are 44 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Sep 12, 2008, titled Willie The Worm, Gene London And Pixanne - About NBC 10 News St.... In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

But perhaps the station's biggest local hit, in addition to Facenda, was its first children's show, "Willie The Worm." In the early 1950s, WCAU TV director Warren Wright had an idea of a show featuring a hand ...

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Since: Sep 08

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#26 Dec 17, 2008
John Baker wrote:
Gene's personal life is irrelevant, It wasn't brought into the show, the show was an educational, safe, place for children to play and learn.
He made wishes on the golden fleece
"In this wool all possibilities rest
with magic obtained from Jason's quest
let all wishes wished on this Golden Fleece
bring unto the world only happiness and peace"
Zeus-King of all the Gods
Wow, I sure hope you quoted that from some place on the internet and it wasn't burned into your memory.

Since: Oct 08

New Egypt, NJ

#27 Dec 17, 2008
John Baker wrote:
Gene's personal life is irrelevant, It wasn't brought into the show, the show was an educational, safe, place for children to play and learn.
He made wishes on the golden fleece
"In this wool all possibilities rest
with magic obtained from Jason's quest
let all wishes wished on this Golden Fleece
bring unto the world only happiness and peace"
Zeus-King of all the Gods
Huh? This is an odd rant.
Edison

Medford, NJ

#28 Dec 17, 2008
i teld yous i gots my trenton willie, heh, heh
John Baker

Elkton, MD

#29 Dec 17, 2008
Edison wrote:
i teld yous i gots my trenton willie, heh, heh
I run the website, so I know stuff like that.
John Baker

Elkton, MD

#30 Dec 17, 2008
Alec Berg wrote:
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Huh? This is an odd rant.
It's not a rant, just a few facts from the show.
John Baker

Elkton, MD

#31 Dec 17, 2008
Bling wrote:
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Wow, I sure hope you quoted that from some place on the internet and it wasn't burned into your memory.
I run the newsgroup, so I know stuff like that.
the news group focuses only on Gene's career and he is involved with the project.
He's a sincere guy and he's going to be transferring some of the old shows.
One of The formats is the well remembered sci-fi/adventure series with Ghosts/aliens creepy old Quigley Mansion. Gene's also planning a tour through the three states of De. Nj. and Pa.
state
Edison

Medford, NJ

#32 Dec 18, 2008
John Baker wrote:
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I run the website, so I know stuff like that.
told you dis guy knouws him stuff peeps heh, hee
Edison

United States

#33 Dec 23, 2008
John Baker wrote:
<quoted text>
I run the newsgroup, so I know stuff like that.
the news group focuses only on Gene's career and he is involved with the project.
He's a sincere guy and he's going to be transferring some of the old shows.
One of The formats is the well remembered sci-fi/adventure series with Ghosts/aliens creepy old Quigley Mansion. Gene's also planning a tour through the three states of De. Nj. and Pa.
state
Is Gene planning to release any DVD's of his old shows?
John Baker

Elkton, MD

#34 Dec 30, 2008
Edison wrote:
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Is Gene planning to release any DVD's of his old shows?
Yes! he has select episodes in his possession and is in the process of transferring them. If you want to see some clips and picures check out the files and photo's section of the Gene Lonodn news group. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gene_Londons_Ca... The group focusues on his career, primarily Cartoon Corners which ran on ch. 10 (cbs,at that time) from 1959-1978
Ron Reeves

Collingswood, NJ

#35 Jan 20, 2009
I grew up in the 50's watching Gene on TV, and even though it's alleged that he's gay who cares !!! Today people tend to pick on things that are negative, and not on the positive good things he and other TV stars of the era done for us kids who kept us out of trouble, and gave us good advice. Today there are no icons on TV to teach the kids that smoking cigarettes, taking drugs, and general mischief aren't good for them, and the lazy parents do nothing because they dunno anyway because they weren't brought up also to know right from wrong. So let's knock off the negativity, about Gene he doesn't deserve it. Also the negativity about Sally Starr is wrong too, she was an angel when we needed one. God Bless her !!!!!

Since: Dec 07

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#36 Jan 21, 2009
Oh, yes, I remember Gene London.

I recently purchased DVDs of the three (WFIL, WCAU, KTVU) local TV stations' retrospectives. They were full of clips of Gene London, Sally Starr, Captain & Mrs. Noah, Pixanne, Lorenzo, etc.. It brought back many memories. The guy who invented Willie the Worm made him out of parts he got at the Pep Boys, including an exhaust hose.

I think the picture of Sally Starr on the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, the one taken at Lit Brothers, was the one I submitted for them to use. That one was from my aunt. The only time I met Sally was at Kiddie City, across from the Penn Fruit on Erie Ave. near the El stop.

And the most traumatic thing on those DVDs was the implosion shot of the Sears Tower on Roosevelt Blvd.. Not many people remember that there was an abandoned subway station underneath. My father used to work at Friends Hospital across the boulevard and there was a tunnel that ran from one side of RB to the other.

Great memories! Thanks!
pete

Milan, Italy

#37 Jan 21, 2009
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United States

#38 Feb 11, 2009
Bling wrote:
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You're kidding, right? This was a grown man that took great pride in his Magic Fleece. A bit feminine, wouldn't you think?
A lot of successful kid's hosts and idols were off the beaten path, gave the children an escape. Gene was quite an artist. He lasted a long time on TV relatively speaking. I think he being gay, a wicked thing to be in those days judged by the bosses. That pretty much at the time worked against him despite his obvious talents and being friends in such a nice way with the Del Val children on his TV show. One of the best.
ExPhillyKid

Springfield, MA

#39 Mar 19, 2009
I remember growing up watching Gene London and Pete Boyle. I believe Gene London showed Dick Tracy and Courageous Cat cartoons. Boyle had Our Gang. Those were very good days.
ExPhillyKid

Springfield, MA

#40 Mar 20, 2009
My last post must have been toooo long. I mentioned Sally Starr, Pete Boyle, Gene London, Captain Philadelphia, Happy The Clown and Chief Halftown. Biggest event in my youth was the invention of UHF, when we got 17, 29 and 48. Second biggest even was Double Chiller on Saturday Night.
Ace82656

Burlington, NJ

#41 Nov 11, 2011
Bling wrote:
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You're kidding, right? This was a grown man that took great pride in his Magic Fleece. A bit feminine, wouldn't you think?
Do you have a problem? We are talking about a man who was an entertainer and a beloved one at that - not his sexual side. What does that have to do with his ability to keep kids amazed by his story telling and drawing talent?
Ed Zimmerman Jr N Vegas

North Las Vegas, NV

#42 Apr 27, 2012
My early childhood was filled with TV character memories, Sally Starr, Willie the Worm, Happy the Clown, Bernie the Bunyup, Uncle Pete Boyle, and the list goes on as I grew older. I wonder if anyone else was laughing at the possibility if seeing Pixanne's wire snapped. And we can't forget "The Chief" Halftown. What a super guy. Some of these I met in person, but the most memerable was The Chief. When I saw him last at Dutch Wonderland he had three generations of those that grew up with him on TV; me, my wife, and my son. We need to see more real people like The Chief. A true showman to children. Peace to you and many moons of thanks to make this world a better place.
ExPhillyKid

United States

#43 Apr 28, 2012
Remember when our parents thought that the Three Stooges were a bad influence?
Lilly Marks

Brooklyn, NY

#44 Aug 25, 2012
@Bling - WTF is wrong with you? Who cares if he is/was gay? That's like judging you for liking 'bling'.
Donna

Willingboro, NJ

#45 Aug 25, 2012
Bling wrote:
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You're kidding, right? This was a grown man that took great pride in his Magic Fleece. A bit feminine, wouldn't you think?
YOU'RE kidding right? This was/is a grown man that took great pride in teaching children how to use their imagination. He told classic stories, illustrated them, and acted them out using different voices. I agree with the previous person who said that we need Gene London on t.v. today for children to watch, instead of watching the shows like "Family Guy" -- yes, I know many young children whose parents allow them to watch the show (I teach).

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