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    Post includes videos clips. I met the man once, as a kid attending a birthday party. He was a kind gentle soul. And it was amazing how people were affected by his death. You would have sworn a governor had died.
    Question: I recall books being written after his death. Were any published and can they still be found?

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    Yes he was a good guy, I gre up watching him and pokey. I never knew they done a book on him, I have seen some old clips on youtube of his show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grantgeneral78 View Post
    Yes he was a good guy, I gre up watching him and pokey. I never knew they done a book on him, I have seen some old clips on youtube of his show.
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    We used him at some of the TG&Y openings he was a kind and gentle man...Not pretentious at all.....Does anyone remember Miss Fran????

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    I forgot all about Miss Fran......ok old timers is kicking in!

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    what stands out for Miss Fran was her viewer letters XOXOXO she never missed reading a hug or kiss no mater how many there were.

    I remeber my dad was very smitten with Lola Hall, the ch 9 weather lady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SE-76 View Post
    what stands out for Miss Fran was her viewer letters XOXOXO she never missed reading a hug or kiss no mater how many there were.

    I remeber my dad was very smitten with Lola Hall, the ch 9 weather lady.
    Lola Hall .....man these old names bring back some great memories

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    Loratb has "kicked" in completely ....having a good time.....what was Miss Fran's sidekick's name???? She was almost too Sweet. I know she would sometimes be on the Ho-Ho show and weren't they from different stations????Saw a clown at the Car show today that was dressed like Ho-Ho. His legacy will probably live on through the eyes of old believers.....If you believed in Ho-Ho you had to believe in Santa Claus....remember????

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    Ok here is a little trivia....what was the short cartoon on there with a white bouncing ball that had no words to it.???????

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    Ho Ho's house is for sale. It's on N. Alexander just south of NW 36th street,
    about 1 block. It's a 2 story house built in the late 50's on the west side of
    the street.

    Viva Ho Ho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Generals64 View Post
    Loratb has "kicked" in completely... having a good time... what was Miss
    Fran's sidekick's name? She was almost too Sweet. I know she would
    sometimes be on the Ho-Ho show and weren't they from different stations?
    Saw a clown at the Car show today that was dressed like Ho-Ho. His
    legacy will probably live on through the eyes of old believers... If you
    believed Ho-Ho you had to believe in Santa Claus...remember?
    Miss Fran from Storyland had a sidekick? She was a babe... WAIT! I
    haven't had Bub Light and Loratab! What am I saying?

    Gen64! Lay down and let that stone pass! You're delirious, not because of
    the Loratab but because of the Bud Light. You've probably had a case by
    now. Loratab is your only an excuse!

    As far as Santa Claus goes, here are the 3 stages..

    1. I believe in Santa Claus.
    2. I don't believe in Santa Claus.
    3. I AM Santa Claus!

    How many cases? C'mon, tell us. After all, we're almost family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Question: I recall books being written after his death. Were any published and can they still be found?
    "Ho Ho: A Touch of God's Gentle Love"

    A collection of various remembrances of Ho-Ho that were sent in to the Daily Oklahoman (IIRC) by all types of people, all around the state.

    The first volume was published around 1989 and was so popular that two additional volumes followed afterward.

    No idea where they could still be found today. I'll ask around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prunepicker View Post
    Miss Fran from Storyland had a sidekick? She was a babe... WAIT! I
    haven't had Bub Light and Loratab! What am I saying?

    Gen64! Lay down and let that stone pass! You're delirious, not because of
    the Loratab but because of the Bud Light. You've probably had a case by
    now. Loratab is your only an excuse!

    As far as Santa Claus goes, here are the 3 stages..

    1. I believe in Santa Claus.
    2. I don't believe in Santa Claus.
    3. I AM Santa Claus!

    How many cases? C'mon, tell us. After all, we're almost family!
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    think I'm about to step up to Heineken....Ah yes....The stone is now history dreading the next visit which will be about three weeks from now....Doctors say Nothing can be done....By the way, what was the name of the Puppet that was with Miss Fran?????

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    I remember going the 4th of July parades with my children and parents. Ho Ho would spot my step-father and have a quick conversation with him. Once he even climbed out of the horse drawn carridge to talk to my step-father - we thought that was cool.

    My father knew Miss Fran from Liberty Bank, somehow. So he arranged for us to meet her. She was amazingly tall and very nice. Still counts as a highlight of my childhood.

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    I shouldn't say this...but you asked.
    I was a child of the 70's/80's and I never watched Ho Ho. I always changed the channel. I wanted cartoons, not live stuff! I also never heard any of my friends mention watching it.
    HOWEVER... Ho-Ho made an appearance at Shepherd Mall that I missed by a few hours and I was mad all day long. I refused to try on clothes at the stores, wouldn't eat at Orange Julius---I basically threw a small tantrum over not meeting HoHo and that sock puppet.

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    My Mom worked for KOCO when I was young, sometime my Dad and I would drive to Ch 5 to pick up my mom and I got to meet all the people like Ida B and HO HO. Several times Ho Ho wold bring me into his area and chat. Once Ho Ho let me help take off his make up but not all the way. Ho Ho didn't like for anyone to see him out of costume, my parents and Ho Ho left the parking lot at Ch 5 about the same time and when we got to NW Highway and MacAurther I saw Mr. Burchall "Ho Ho" since he was out of costume and I rolled down the window and yelled "HI! HO HO"!!! He ducked his head not wanting to be recognized be everyone in the traffic. Ho Ho was working at Chi Chi's entertaining and when we would go out to eat there he would come over and sit and talk with us while we waited for dinner. He was such a great guy, it's to bad my boys didn't have a chance to meet him....

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    Quote Originally Posted by striipidy View Post
    I shouldn't say this...but you asked.
    I was a child of the 70's/80's and I never watched Ho Ho. I always changed the channel. I wanted cartoons, not live stuff! I also never heard any of my friends mention watching it.
    HOWEVER... Ho-Ho made an appearance at Shepherd Mall that I missed by a few hours and I was mad all day long. I refused to try on clothes at the stores, wouldn't eat at Orange Julius---I basically threw a small tantrum over not meeting HoHo and that sock puppet.
    That's Pokey! Sock puppet............goodness

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    Did Miss Fran do a Sunday School show on Sunday mornings, or was that the same thing as StoryTime?

    I liked Ho Ho; in some ways, my mom and dad got a bigger kick out of them because of that Pokey. I always liked the Felix the Cat cartoons - the only place I ever got to see them. Felix the Cat is on YouTube, too.

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    I noticed the house Ho Ho owned is for sale, again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Generals64 View Post
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    think I'm about to step up to Heineken....Ah yes....The stone is now history dreading the next visit which will be about three weeks from now....Doctors say Nothing can be done....By the way, what was the name of the Puppet that was with Miss Fran?????
    OH come now '64! She had 2 puppets. That's why they called it Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. Punch and Judy were under contract.

    Mortimer Snerd was my favorite.

    There goes that light again..........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prunepicker View Post
    I noticed the house Ho Ho owned is for sale, again.
    I'm going to drive by and look at it. Other than Jessie's I don't think I have seen a Ho house

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    I enjoyed seeing this today.

    Link

    Thanks, Steve, for putting this up.

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    Ed was truly a kind and loving soul. One of the good guys.

    I remember his house was on the SW corner of 50th & Council and the trim was painted pink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Brzycki View Post
    I remember his house was on the SW corner of 50th & Council and the trim was painted pink.
    This is incorrect.

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