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Beloved Buffalo Bob Smith (birth name Richard Schmidt) gives pitch for Hostess Twinkies on an episode of HOWDY DOODY. Smith was an enormously talented musician and a popular radio personality before co-creating the HOWDY DOODY show, which combined puppets, music and a live-action cast. It soon became one of the highest-rated shows on on television and, perhaps, the most fondly remembered children's television show of the 1950s. So in demand was Smith that he appeared on additinal radio and television programs while continuing his five-day-a-week Doody duties. His heavy schedule resulted in a near fatal heart attack which kept him off the show for nearly a year, though a small television studio was constructed in his home's basement and he would often join the program by remote broadcast. After the show was cancelled in 1960, Smith was in semi-retirement until he began touring the college cicuit in the 1970s. This resurgence led to a revival of the HOWDY DOODY in the syndication market in 1976. Though much in the spirit and fiormat of the original series, one of television's most iconic figures of the 1950s found the television market had changed substantially in the 1970s and the show was cancelled after one season. To buy classic movies, serials, westerns and vintage television shows on DVD -- plus original movie posters, golden & silver age comics, celebrity autographs and collectibles, be sure to visit

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