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What did you like about the show? Who was your favorite?
Is there an episode or moment you remember?

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April 5th 2019
10:52:55 PM
Name:  

jack freese

Memories:  

I meant I am 87 not 83 !!!!

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April 5th 2019
10:50:20 PM
Name:  

jack freese

Location:  

West Palm B FL

Memories:  

Ollie is STILL my idol. I am 83.

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November 29th 2018
08:07:38 AM
Name:  

Michael Feaster

Location:  

Martinsville, IN

Memories:  

I loved Kukla, Fran and Ollie. One particular show in the 1960\'s was the one that they showed the short film, \"The Red Balloon\". It is still one of my favorites.

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October 19th 2018
04:28:50 AM
Name:  

Melvyn B. Smith

Location:  

Mt Pleasant, SC

Memories:  

In 1964 I was a cameraman at The NY Worlds Fair where RCA TV had a color TV studio. We did a series of KF&O shows taped in RCAcompatible color. Burr Tillstrom and Fran Allison interacted with The Kuklapolitan Players. I was a cameraman on the shows, Mel Smith

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August 30th 2018
06:53:00 PM
Name:  

Marjorie

Location:  

California

Memories:  

My mom used to refer to Mrs. Bufforfington when someone was putting on airs. I still think of that reference to this day. \"Who does she think she is -- Mrs. Bufforfington?\"

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March 14th 2018
05:45:48 PM
Name:  

Michele Sendow

Location:  

Fairfax, VA

Memories:  

Kukla, Fran, and Ollie - You are the greatest!! I love you!!

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December 13th 2017
11:59:26 PM
Name:  

Tom Deschamps

Location:  

Belle River, Ontario Canada

Memories:  

I was born October 2, 1958. How is it that I remember this show and feel good about it? Could I possibly have seen reruns? I don\'t know. But, I just found the DVD\'s on eBay so I\'ll have to get them. I have always been a huge fan of early television and the golden age of Hollywood. Television has lost its innocents. I\'m glad I can go back in time and feel good again! Thanks!!!

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March 17th 2016
07:03:10 AM
Name:  

Annette Keith (Burr Tillstrom\'s cousin)

Location:  

Durant, Mississippi

Memories:  

I loved his puppets, talked to them on his stage.

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September 26th 2015
11:18:55 PM
Name:  

Susan Spence

Location:  

West Tisbury, MA Martha\'s Vineyard

Memories:  

The first three volumes are incredible and I worry that I\'ll wear them out. I\'ve shared them with other fans of the original shows and the minute I put one on, it snaps me right back to our living room outside Chicago as if no time had passed.

I never felt closer to my mother than when she, my brother and I would watch these shows together. We \"loved\" the show and it was a wonderful way to be close without even talking about it. KFO was remarkably wise, emotionally smart (softly and gently), so quirky, whimsical, funny and warm... and way ahead of its time.

An unusual collection of diverse characters, there were lessons to be learned from the Kuklapolitans about tolerance, patience and forgiveness as well as about the power of love and humor. Burr was a flat out genius.

When I watch, I frequently laugh out loud and am also moved to tears…in a good way. As an ex-Chicagoan the memories of downtown Chicago and the Midwest in general that are evoked by some of the Christmas and winter shows, the gangs\' travels and by many of the guests (Marlin Perkins, Hugh Downs, Dave Garroway, etc.) are a sweet treat. I\'ve lived in the East most of my adult life, but my Midwestern roots are even deeper than I thought. Even Buelah Zachary\'s style and voice remind me eerily of a dear family friend.

These episodes also bring back the era in general…lingo, clothing, and guests like Dennis Day, Jose Greco, the rise of \"modern dance\", opera….on and on.

I realize it is \"piggy\" to want more. it is amazing that so much has been retrieved. But I keep hoping additional episodes will surface. There was a boxed set of videos (in color) that came out many years ago, so there are apparently strays floating around. I prefer the original black and whites to the colorized versions and there are undoubtedly issues about \"rights\" and \"copyright\". However, KFO fans love the heart of the show and would forgive almost anything regarding quality, just to have more episodes.

I don\'t even know if this website is still active, but I thought I\'d give it a shot. It may seem odd, but I\'ve discovered if someone \"gets\" KFO, there\'s a good chance I\'ll like them a lot. I\'m delighted that my niece fell in love with the show (from these dvds when she was ten). A very special thing for us to share.

If anyone is reading this. Thank you for all you\'ve done.

Susan Spence

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March 26th 2015
10:38:20 AM
Name:  

Laurel

Location:  

Des Plaines IL

Memories:  

I grew up in Chicago in the 50s and I remember KFO very fondly. Watching the DVDs now, I realize what a treasure they were, and how endearing Ollie, Buelah, and especially the sweet Kukla, still seem today. I wish I could be a Kuklapolitan. Thanks for everything.

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January 26th 2015
04:47:27 PM
Name:  

Brenda Ulrich Beal

Location:  

Rochester, NY

Memories:  

I grew up in Lockport, NY, as an avid viewer of KFO. I even subscribed to The Kuklapolitan Kourier. I found this site as a result of a name popping into my head: Mrs. Bufforfington. I remembered that she was a chicken but couldn\'t remember her media reference. Now I know!

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October 9th 2014
10:06:01 PM
Name:  

Philip and Tammy

Location:  

Haslett, Michigan

Memories:  

We just got back from our honeymoon in Saugatuck, Michigan and saw the statue dedicated to Burr there. I mainly remember the KFO trio from the Children\'s Film Festival, but Tammy remembers reruns of the original program. We are both in our 40s. Puppets always take on an identity of their own no matter the hand inside or the age of the person watching. They allow us all to bring that child back again.

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August 26th 2014
03:01:58 PM
Name:  

Chris

Location:  

Merrick, NY

Memories:  

I happened upon your site while checking something for work; I\'m a crosswords editor. Well, there goes work, as I have to check out this entire site today--it\'s wonderful! I was born in 1945, and was raised on good TV. Kukla, Fran and Ollie was one of the best--I can still sing the opening song! Thanks for this great site and all the wonderful memories.

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May 29th 2014
10:48:19 PM
Name:  

betsyl hicks

Location:  

easton, Pa

Memories:  

Having been born in l943, I am now 70, I watched that show from its beginnngs, I just loved it. thank you kukla, fran, and Ollie I love you all. you where on at night about 7 when I was in kindergarden or first grade. My parents, had one of the few tvs in the 40s

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January 1st 2014
12:38:29 AM
Name:  

Linda Sue Meagher

Location:  

Cummin, GA (Atlanta)

Memories:  

Kukla, Fran & Ollie was the first show I ever remember watching, since I was born in 1948 and must have been quite young. I thought it was magical that these little creatures could talk and show emotions and affection. Fran was so warm and soothing to hear. She was like a big sister or mother. I have loved puppets ever since those days, including Howdy Doody, of course. When I came across the old videos, it was like going back in time for me. We never had Sesame Street, even when my own children were young because we lived in the country and there was no cable available. But even Sesame Street, with all its sophistication, could not compete in my heart with the fondness.I will always have for Kukla, Fran & Ollie. They were my first friends!

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November 27th 2013
08:53:29 AM
Name:  

Joe Ray

Memories:  

Volume 3 coming out, Woo Hoo!!! It\'s going to be a great Christmas this year!

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November 26th 2013
02:58:01 PM
Name:  

Bill Jannke

Location:  

Watertown, WI

Memories:  

Mark: I\'m dying here! When is the new video due out? I keep checking with Amazon and they don\'t have it--I cannot wait to see it!

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October 31st 2013
05:15:46 PM
Name:  

BILL JANNKE

Location:  

Watertown, WI

Memories:  

Mark! Just saw the notice! A THIRD volume? Hot dog! Give me the details--when will it be available--before Christmas? This is the best news I\'ve heasrd in many a year!

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March 17th 2013
04:33:46 PM
Name:  

Donna Schultz Feldberg

Location:  

Rockford, IL

Memories:  

I can remember with great fondness Kukla, Fran and Ollie. I would run to the t.v. to watch it. I loved everything about it. I looked back at them, just recently, and I see, again, how truly endearing they all were. I appreciate them more now than I did then. Wish we could go back, right?

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March 5th 2013
09:46:42 PM
Name:  

Tom Mongelli

Location:  

Toms River, NJ

Memories:  

The most striking aspect of Kukla, Fran and Ollie, for me, was their ability to include the viewer. Their dialogue was among themselves, but they found a way to dissolve the \"fourth wall.\" They also, as often as not, dabbled in matters of the \"grownup\" world (Ollie as an advertising agent is a good example).The players\' personalities were relatable. There were components of all of us in each of them. Fran\'s smile could put a sunrise to shame. Her dulcet voice still rings in my ears. In short - they didn\'t just entertain. They communicated.

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