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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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March 29th 2021
08:40:37 PM
Name:  

Keith McCaffety

Location:  

Seattle

Memories:  

So glad we found you! We watched the Gene Rayburn / college episode on our Saturday Morning live stream, and laughed more than we EVER have on our show! I remember KFO from the CBS Children\'s Film Festival in the 1970s, but I had no idea of your deep roots in TV history. You are making NEW fans!

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November 19th 2020
04:56:25 PM
Name:  

Allison. Moss

Location:  

Elma, Wa

Memories:  

I remember a radio show, Kukla, with Fran and olly; and then a television show when I was a bit older. I appreciate it fun it made for me as a small child.

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September 11th 2020
03:10:13 PM
Name:  

Merrilee Gallo

Location:  

Minneapolis

Memories:  

I\'m 73 and originally from Chicago. And - be still my heart -I loved Kukla, Fran and Ollie! But, my poor husband..I continue to tweak his nose (like Ollie\'s mouth) and yell \"Kukla!!!\" Poor guy...

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August 5th 2020
08:24:46 PM
Name:  

Dale Zajicek

Location:  

Rice Point, Prince Edward Island ( formerly from Chicago)

Memories:  

My mother took me to the studio in 1957 to watch the show. Fran and the puppets all waved and said Hi to me. I think they put the camera on my mother and me. Mom was not a big fan of television in those days but always watched the show with us.

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August 4th 2020
09:21:48 PM
Name:  

Cheryl Kite

Location:  

Eutawville SC

Memories:  

Born in Atlanta in 1946, we had television as long as I can remember. The first thing I can remember is Kukla Fran and Ollie. I am now 74 and have great memories of the shows.

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June 13th 2020
09:50:37 AM
Name:  

Mary Scott

Location:  

St. Louis

Memories:  

I used to be glued to my TV as a kid in Milwaukee. We turned out socks into Ollie and made up our own stories. What a joy to watch these again & remember all the Kuklapolitans I had forgotten. I also remember Burr on \"That Was The Week That Was\". His political puppetry was inspirational! You\'re welcome, Jim Henson.

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May 8th 2020
10:25:19 PM
Name:  

Trish

Location:  

Connecticut

Memories:  

Hi; I just found this! Tell me, is there any chance of obtaining file(s) for the shows that Robert Q. Lewis appeared in ? I am an administrator for a FB group of his fans, and they would be really thrilled! Please let me know and thanks for maintaining this list for a show I remember very fondly!
Trish

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April 17th 2020
12:06:41 AM
Name:  

Ron Arruda

Location:  

Santa Cruz, CA

Memories:  

I grew up in Fall River, Mass. watching TV stations from Providence RI in the early years. I was lately doing some research on the earliest childhood memories an older adult can access. Mine (age 2, 1949) is of my father Gilbert bringing home a boxy Admiral TV and heaving it onto the living room table. When he turned it on, there was Kukla Fran and Ollie. My conscious life started with them. Bless you, Burr Tilstrom!

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September 24th 2019
12:51:13 PM
Name:  

Jeff Fraser

Location:  

Saratoga New York (formerly Toronto, Ontario)

Memories:  

The entire show was great I really miss \"destination TV\". Have never forgotten how good it made you feel as a kid. There was one episode where a movie featured two asian kids in China or Japan that were best friends but got separated at the end due to one moving away. Does it ring a bel? It\'s haunted me my entire adult life.
Thanks
Jeff

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July 27th 2019
03:48:03 AM
Name:  

Carl

Location:  

Tallinn, Estonia

Memories:  

“Ollie Bakes a Cake” was one of my favorite childhood books, now it’s one of my children’s favorites many years later! I had no idea there was more to the story than that book! We are now new fans of the show :)

   

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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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