In other words, the guy who introduced the cartoons on your local teevee stations when you were a kid. What was his persona? Did he wear a copstume? (Zyada mentioned her personal kiddy host on the “Stuff the Youngsters Will Scratch Their Heads Over” thread, and it got me curious about everyone’s experiences.)
Me, I was a kid in Cleveland, Ohio, in the mid-1960s. We had two (they occasionally appeared on each others’ programs, and it was a big deal, like Ally McBeal and that other lawyer show).
The first was Barnaby, who wore a red-and-white striped blazer and straw boater, like zyada’s guy. However, he included the classic touch of Cleveland surreality by being some sort of giant elf. He wore big phoney pointed ears, like an early Mister Spock. No other attributes of the supernormal, just the rubber ears. And his voice was a kind of “Mr. Rogers” takeoff…Barnaby spoke softly and sweetly and referred to his viewers as his “little neighbors.” I believe the guy who played him was the owner of the station, or something.
The second host dressed in Lincoln green tights, like a cast-off Merry Man. He went under the name of Woodrow the Woodsman, and wore a Prince Valiant haircut and a weirdly incongruous Teddy Roosevelt-style moustache. I remember that he had big saggy bags under his eyes, and a drinker’s nose. I also remember that he showed much cooler cartoons…things like the old Hercules series, and Felix the Cat, and the nightmarish vintage classics like Candyland.