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Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television

Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television

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Ted Okuda and Jack Mulqueen


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
274 pages, 6 x 9, 81 illustrations


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At one time every station in Chicago—a maximum of five, until 1964–produced or aired some programming for children. From the late 1940’s through the early 1970’s, local television stations created a golden age of children’s television unique in American broadcasting. Though the shows often operated under strict budgetary constraints, these programs were rich in imagination, inventiveness, and devoted fans. Now, discover the back stories and details of this special era from the people who created, lived, and enjoyed it—producers, on-air personalities, and fans.


Ted Okuda is a Chicago-based film historian whose previous books include The Columbia Comedy Shorts and The Jerry Lewis Films (as coauthor). His articles and interviews have appeared in a variety of media-themed publications.

Jack Mulqueen produced the golden-age kid shows The Mulqueens and The Mulqueens’ Kiddie-A-Go-Go (both starring his wife, Elaine) and the dance program The Swingin’ Majority, all of which received Chicago Emmy nominations.


"The Golden Age Of Chicago Children's Television tells the true story of children's television produced or aired in Chicago from the 1940s to the 1970s. Even though these shows often operated under strict budget limits, the imagination that fueled them was boundless. Classic productions such as Kukla, Fran & OllieGarfield GooseBozo's Circus, and more, truly captivated the imagination of generations. The Golden Age Of Chicago Children's Television . . . delves deeply into the amazing history and trivia behind popular and beloved shows, from the lives of stars and hosts to what gave television executives sudden fits and much more. A wonderful trip through memory lane and fascinating repository of little-known facts."Midwest Book Review

"A wonderful book filled with great memories."—Terri Hemmert, WXRT Radio

"The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television by Ted Okuda and Jack Mulqueen . . . is a nostalgic delight, packed with behind-the-scenes details of the free-spirited magic that was early children's television in the Midwest. . . . their portrait of this kid-size golden age honors the heart of an endeavor rare by today's standards for its simple, honest devotion to children. Simply excellent."—Jean KozlowskiCricket in the Corner