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James Maury "Jim" Henson  (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990)

Henson created puppets for a children’s show on local TV called The Junior
Morning
Show. Another early show was Sam and Friends, which featured
prototypes of The Muppets. He was honored on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame as both himself and Kermit the Frog.

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NETWORK DEBUT ON THIS DAY IN 1949

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Burr Tillstrom with puppets Kukla and Ollie and host Fran Allison

The first NBC network broadcast of Kukla, Fran and Ollie, with the
Kuklapolitan Players aired from 6–6:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday
through Friday from Chicago. The original series ended in 1957.

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Burr Tillstrum manipulates his puppets from behind a gauze-curtained
stage.

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TELEVISION DEBUT ON THIS DAY IN 1947

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Host Buffalo Bob Smith with the first Howdy Doody puppet.

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Original run on NBC: December 27, 1947 – September 24, 1960

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BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1922

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A young Paul Winchell and his young dummy Jerry Mahoney

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Paul Winchell was born Paul Wilchinsky in New York 
City, New York.

             (December 21, 1922 – June 24, 2005)

Winchell was a ventriloquist, actor, and comedian who hosted
The Paul Winchell Show from 1950 to 1954 on NBC along
with Winchell-Mahoney Time from 1965 to 1968. He was
also the cartoon voice for Tigger in Winnie the Poo.

Winchell, who had medical training, was also an inventor,
becoming the first person to build and patent a mechanical
artificial heart.

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