Every once and a while an obscure bit of Minnesota TV history pops up. This is a vintage signed envelope of T.N.Tatters, who was played by Daryl Laub on KSTP, channel 5. This envelope features a faded images of the TV host with his name typewritten, and signed in blue ink to Sigurd Berg. I’m […]
Captain Daryl’s Theme Song
Captain Daryl on Cartoon Island, starring Daryl Laub, was one of the most popular kid’s shows on Twin Cities television in the late 1950’s. It featured a distinctive, goofy theme which opened and closed the program. Pat Sweeney, one of the leading experts on Minnesota kids shows, has just identified this tune. He was watching […]
Kids grew up watching Casey Jones, Axel, Clancy and Willie, and Grandpa Ken on Minnesota television. Eventually kids become teenagers and their interests change a bit. For me, there were monster movies. The showcase for classic (and not so classic) horror movies was Horror Incorporated, on KSTP, channel 5. The program was […]
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 […]
The Commander Saturn Mystery!
I recently spent a day researching Twin Cities kids shows at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. I’ve been trying to document exactly when these show started and ended. You’ll find a lot of those results posted on the Timeline page. And while digging through stacks of old TV Guides, I stumbled on a blurb about […]
Dr. Paul Bearer featured on a new DVD
Horror Incorporated was the monster movie franchise in the Twin Cities, bringing us all the great Universal monsters like Frankenstein with Boris Karloff and Dracula with Bela Lugosi. For most of the shows run, there was a generic open of a featuring a hand crawling out of a coffin. But for a short while, in […]
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Daryl Laub 1956 article
From Billboard July 7, 1956 This fascinating article offers a vivid description of Daryl Laub’s programs on KSTP, channel 5, shortly after the programs moved from WTCN, channel 11. The T.N. Tatters show is familiar and carried over from the J.P. Patches show on WTCN. However this is the first reference I have seen regarding […]