The Phoenix, AZ children's TV program "The Wallace and Ladmo Show" entertained generations of youngsters during its 35-year run and became synonymous with growing up in Arizona. Here is the story of the people (Bill "Wallace" Thompson, Ladimir "Ladmo" Kwiatkowski and Pat McMahon) the characters (Gerald, Aunt Maud, Capt. Super, Jodi, Hub Kapp and the Wheels, Boffo, the Science Lady and a host of others) who came together to create what is arguably the longest-running, continuous program in television history. The book includes 500+ photos and illustrations.
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Kids didn't grow up by "Wallace and Ladmo" alone. There were other kids' shows that caught the eye. But the magic of "Wallace and Ladmo" was in the closeness. They were on your screen all week and at Legend City on Saturday. Ladmo used to wave at kids walking home from school past his mother's house in Tempe. Cub Scout and Brownie Troops made pilgrimages to the cavernous KPHO sound stage to see the show live. We did. There will never be another television show that creates such vivid memories. There will never be another "Wallace and Ladmo Show". It was a special moment in Arizona, in children's television, in comedy and in broadcasting. (Richard Ruelas & Michael Sweeney)From the Inside Flap:
Laughter--it was part of the opening credits of "The Wallace and Ladmo Show", the longest-running daily television program in the country. The longest-running kids' show with an original cast. The longest-running uninterrupted show in the television industry--past, present, period.
For Arizona children who tuned in to watch "The Wallace and Ladmo Show", laughter was part of each day. It was more than the cartoons (including Bugs Bunny, Popeye and Roger Ramjet). They were supposed to be funny.
It was Wallace, Ladmo--even Gerald. It was Aunt Maud, Hub Kapp and Bobby Joe Trouble. It was Mr. Grudgmeyer, Marshall Good and Amazo the Magician. It was Boffo the Clown and Perky. It was Jody, Dan and Orson, Harvey Trundle and Carney Barker. It was the Ladmo Jets, Commodore Condello's Salt River Navy Band and the Losers.
It was the sudden appearance of the Wizard ("Did you know...that horses play peopleshoes?!").
You couldn't see it, but there was laughter in a Ladmo Bag. It was at the malls, the gymnasiums, the parks. It was at Christmas parties, birthday parties and rodeo parades. It was at the State Fair every year. It was at Phoenix Children's Hospital when Ladmo stopped by to visit. It was part of the Emmy Awards--not just once, but nine times.
In HoHo!HaHa!HeeHee!HaHa! The Wallace and Ladmo Show: 35 Years Of Laughter, the history of the show is presented for children of every age to enjoy. With a foreword by Erma Bombeck, text written by Richard Ruelas and Mike Sweeney and assembled with the enthusiastic cooperation of Bill Thompson, Pat McMahon, Ladmo Kwiatkowski and their families, this book is a labor of love which attempts to recapture the laughter created by "The Wallace and Ladmo Show" and its principals. Included are many never-before-seen photos taken by family, fans and friends.
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Book Description View Designs, Inc., 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11096423551X
Book Description View Designs, Inc. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 096423551X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0906321