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A Gift for the Person Who Has Lived in the Area for a While. And Watches Television.

October 17, 2012 by Reader's Connection

Indianapolis Television

When I checked out David L. Smith’s Indianapolis Television, Phyllis said that the picture of Frances Farmer on the cover brought back memories. Farmer hosted afternoon movies on WFBM-TV from 1958 to 1964.

The picture didn’t ring any bells for me–I hadn’t been around long enough–and I wondered if the book would mean much. But hey–there’s Joe Leamon! He managed Supplies for the library in the late 1970′s, and he was involved with some theater work, but I hadn’t known that he was Uncle Buster  on a Saturday morning kids’ show in the 1960′s. This book is going on my gift suggestion list. (Joe Leamon is on page 65, if you’re interested.)

And I was mixed up about Jane Pauley’s chronology. I thought she showed up in Chicago as Floyd Kalber’s co-anchor in the late 1960′s, but she didn’t leave Indy and go there until 1975.

I’m disappointed that there’s no picture of Bob Gregory wearing a tuxedo when he’s predicting the first snow of the year, but maybe that wasn’t an annual tradition. Maybe he only did it once. (I remember Tom Cochrun smiling and shaking his head.) There are other pictures of Gregory, and many of the other local news figures.

Halloween is only a couple weeks away, so here’s an important closing note: If you’re looking for Sammy Terry in the index, he’s under Carter, Bob. It has been so long since I’ve watched a horror movie featuring Mexican women wrestlers.

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