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J.P. Patches Peanut Butter

Chris Wedes played J.P. Patches on Channel 11 until 1958 when he moved to Seattle, WA.   J.P. Patches became a hit show throughout the Northwest, running until 1981.    Over the years, J.P. Patches promoted many products including Adams Peanut Butter.    This rare jar featured J.P. on the label and probably dates to the early 1960’s. […]

Commander Saturn Unmasked!

Commander Saturn appeared briefly on televisions in the spring and summer of 1955.   The show ran weekday afternoons on KSTP-TV, Channel 5, and was off the air by fall.    Commander Saturn was played by Lan Singer, and few details were known about him. David Singer, Lan’s son, recently contacted me and provided some further information […]

Daryl Laub has passed away

Minnesota broadcasting legend Daryl Laub has passed away at the age of 90.     Laub was one of the earliest children’s television hosts in the Twin Cities, creating Captain Darl  on WTCN in late 1953.    Shortly after that, he hosted a second program as J.P. Patches the Carnival Clown.   Laub said that with two shows, he […]

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