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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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norman

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Oct 6, 2008
 
i remember how john facenda played games with word pronunciations.examples too numerous to mention.
SusieCreamcheese

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Oct 7, 2008
 
Bertie the Bunyip. Just what is a bunyip? I used to think a bandicoot was a fictional animal until I saw one on a National Geographic Special. I think Gene London was the first male on TV that I thought was "different." I wasn't sure why, but I knew something was just different.
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Oct 10, 2008
 

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There are many reasons Gene London was different, I believe Gene has unusual qualities that merged together to create something genuinely unique. A passion for his work, a "love" of what he does. He wanted and still wants children not just to believe all things are possible, but to be able to particpate in all the wonder of the imagination. To be able to learn and create in a safe caring inviroment. Gene has and always had a magical quality. He was able to convey all those possibilities and magic to his "Cartoon Corner's kids" A "Peter Pan" who took us along on so many wonderful, fantastic adventures. Who taught us valuable lessons in a gentle subtle way, without having to hit us over the head with them, yet I can tell you they still serve us well even today. Gene London "was" and "is" the true "pied piper" Where gene would lead we would follow without question, because we trusted him, our parents trusted him, Gene was one of "us" and still is and he made you feel as if you mattered he made you feel you were with him in the store or exploring Quigley mansion not just watching.
Gene London Is different then and now and he should be on Tv today, because children everywhere need him now more than ever. I think the adults need him too, If nothing else to remind us all what's really Important. Each other.
Copsmom

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Oct 10, 2008
 
I'm just a little too young to remember Willie the Worm, but I loved Gene London!!! Along with Sally Starr, Bill Webber, Bertie the Bunyip, TV was so great for us Baby Boomers in Phila. back then!!!!
John Baker

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Oct 10, 2008
 
Discover http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gene_londons_ca...

a wonderful newd group dedicated to Gene London
John Baker

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Oct 10, 2008
 
Discover http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gene_londons_ca...

a wonderful news group dedicated to Gene London
Mark Irwin

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Dec 6, 2008
 
I just found an envelope with Gene Lonondon items. A drawing of the Beatles, A letter from Gene London from WCAU TV 10 as well as a picture of Gene with TV 10 ,and his signature on it. I remember him coming to A Boscov's dept. store around Christmas for a kids show. I thought he was just great. Are there Gene London fans out there ?

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Dec 8, 2008
 
Mark Irwin wrote:
I just found an envelope with Gene Lonondon items. A drawing of the Beatles, A letter from Gene London from WCAU TV 10 as well as a picture of Gene with TV 10 ,and his signature on it. I remember him coming to A Boscov's dept. store around Christmas for a kids show. I thought he was just great. Are there Gene London fans out there ?
You're kidding, right? This was a grown man that took great pride in his Magic Fleece. A bit feminine, wouldn't you think?

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Dec 8, 2008
 
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?
I don't know what this means??

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Dec 8, 2008
 
Alec Berg wrote:
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I don't know what this means??
Alec...LMAO....I guess you were a bit too young to remember the show that used to be on Channel 10 on Saturday mornings called "The Gene London Show". The guy was totally strange. Very feminine (he probably is gay but back then, we didn't know what gay was - maybe that's why my dad didn't like us watching it in fear we would marry someone like that). And he used to have some magic fleece (it was a huge, fuzzy blanket) and I forget what he used to do with it but it wasn't normal.

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Dec 8, 2008
 
GENE LONDON IS GAY wrote:
<quoted text>i saw him on tv maybe ten years ago...he has a costume musueum, or something like that, in nyc.
and, sally star was in the news long before for boozing it up.
Wait, doesn't Sally Star run a pizza place near the racetrack in Cherry Hill? As for Gene London I don't remember the show, was it local to the Philly area? I didn't grow up around here.

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Dec 8, 2008
 
GENE LONDON IS GAY wrote:
i just checked wikipedia...gene london wound up as a dress designer!
Now that definitely doesn't surprise me. Wonder if he designed one of them look like his Magic Fleece.

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Dec 8, 2008
 
Alec Berg wrote:
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Wait, doesn't Sally Star run a pizza place near the racetrack in Cherry Hill? As for Gene London I don't remember the show, was it local to the Philly area? I didn't grow up around here.
You didn't grow up around here? No wonder we didn't marry.

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Dec 8, 2008
 
Jersey people, WTF was the Uncle Floyd Show?

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Dec 8, 2008
 
**** = What the F
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Dec 8, 2008
 
ive got willie, heh,heh,heh

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Dec 9, 2008
 
Edison wrote:
ive got willie, heh,heh,heh
And I'm sure it's the size of a worm - an inch worm.
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Dec 11, 2008
 
Do any of you recall when Willie got his glasses? How about Newton?(the mouse) How about Kulkla, Fran, and Ollie?
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Dec 11, 2008
 
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And I'm sure it's the size of a worm - an inch worm.
giant worm tots, liek willie
John Baker

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Dec 15, 2008
 
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

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