YEAR - 1947-1948
13, 1947: First show for KUKLA, FRAN & Ollie at WBKB in
Chicago, five days a week, one hour a day for RCA Victor. Show
first known as "Junior Jamboree". October 13th is
also Burr's birthday.
25, 1948 (Thanksgiving Day): KFO goes on Midwest Network. Cities
in the network at thay time were Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee,
Cleveland, Buffalo, Detroit & Toledo.
12, 1949: KFO started on Eastern Network as well as continuing
on the Midwest Network.
1949: Started kinescope recording.
YEAR - 1949-1950
8, 1949: Moved to NBC in Chicago where the RCA Victor sponsorship
continued and Sealtest (National Dairy) was added to the list,
sharing the sponsorship.
1949: KFO to Washington in participation with the FCC color
tests. First kinescope was made [of] a color show during the
first public demonstration of the compatible system.
YEAR - 1950-1951
1950: Start of our fourth season. Sponsored by RCA Victor, Sealtest
YEAR - 1951-1952
1951: Start of our fifth season, sponsored by RCA Victor, Proctor
and Gamble, Life and National Biscuit.
1951: KFO cut to 15 minutes a day.
Day: Parade in Detroit for Hudson's.
24th, 1952: 1,000th show.
19th, 1952: Ollie addresses Institute for Education by Radio
and TV at Ohio State University on "The Cultural and Educational
Possibilities of TV".
YEAR - 1952-1953
1952: Show is sponsored by RCA Victor for half hour once w week.
13, 1952: KFO celebrated their Fifth Anniversary by starting
a daily fifteen minute radio show.
Day: Parade in Detroit for Hudson's.
1953: First trip to West Coast. The show was done from Los Angeles
with personal appearances and extra shows in San Francisco and
Seattle. During this year we travelled more than 18,000 miles.
In the five years of the show we have also visited: Atlanta,
Minneapolis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Detroit (3
times), Boston, Washington (3 times), New York (10 times), Philadelphia,
Camden, NJ, South Bemd, Milwaukee (3 times), Benton Harbor,
7, 1953: First performance of original opera, "St. George
and the Dragon" with the Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler conducting.
It was performed on the air during our regular Sunday show for
RCA Victor, and then repeated in the evening in concert with
15, 1953: KFO appeared on the Ford Anniversary Show, the first
of the "Spectaculars".
30, 1953: "St. George and the Dragon" was performed
for NBC in New York in color with Arthur Fiedler conducting
the NBC orchestra.
YEAR - 1953-1954
1953: Start of KFO's seventh season. Sponsored by Swift &
Co. and Pard.
15, 1953: Color show for RCA. FCC finally O.K.'s the RCA compatible
Day: Gimbel's Parade, Philadelphia.
Night: The Oliver J. Dragon Concert in Town Hall, New York City.
A prominent "first" which received great critical
28-29, 1954: Two performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra
of "St. George and the Dragon". First performance
was for the benefit of the Chicago Concil of Foreign Relations.
Civic Opera House, Chicago.
8, 1954: Oliver J. Dragon was Grand Marshal for the American
Automobile Association Safety Patrol Parade in Washington.
YEAR - 1954-1955
6, 1954: Back on WBKB, now American Broadcasting Co, on Monday
through Friday, fifteen-minute strip for Silvercup.
4, 1954: Co-op network.
25, 1954: James Thurber's "Many Moons" one hour puppet
"Spectacular". All parts protrayed by Burr Tillstrom.
10, 1955: Fletcher Rabbit conducts a tour of the Egg Plant or
"Bunny to Bunny".
1, 1955: Off for eight weeks of vacation.
2, 1955: KUKLA, FRAN & OLLIE gave concert at Bowling Greem
Ohio for the Puppeteers of America. Burr Tillstrom is a charter
member and it was at the first meeting of the organization that
he got the idea of Kukla.
YEAR - 1955-1956
29, 1955: KFO started 9th year on the air, WBKB, Chicago, Illinois.
27, 1955: Whirlpool comercial on Milton Berle Show, originating
12, 1955: 8th birthday. Appearance on "I've Got a Secret".
23, 1955: Burr Tillstrom played the part od the Mock Turtle
in the Hallmark color "Spectacular" "ALICE IN
19, 1955: Appearance on Steve Allen's TONIGHT show, originating
23, 1956: Edward R. Murrow interviews Burr Tillstrom on PERSON
2, 1956 to June 28, 1956: Weekly half hour color show for RCA
Whirlpool on NBC, Chicago.
1, 1956: Appearance on ZOO
9, 1956: Appearance on THIS IS YOUR LIFE memorial show for Richard
J. Finnegan, originating in Chicago.
hiatus, 1956: Burr Tillstrom and Beulah Zachary visited England
for the purpose of investigating British television.
YEAR - 1956-1957
3, 1956: Started 10th year on television, WBKB, for Silvercup
Bread on co-op network.
7, 1956: Appearance on STEVE ALLEN Sunday evening show, originating
in New York.
16, 1957: Kukla and Ollie satirize the television rating system
on the EMMY NOMINATIONS SHOW, New York City.
7, 1957: Kukla and Ollie conduct Answer Shop on ZOO PARADE.
23, 1957: Appearance for League of Women Voters, Hotel Sherman,
16-21, 1957: Summer Theater debut at Canal Fulton Summer Theatre
Canal Fulton, Ohio (near Cleveland, Akron, Canton).
30, 1957. Close of ten years of television for KUKLA, FRAN AND
OLLIE (after five week extension), at least for time being.