BUFFALO BOB SMITH 1917-1998

    For those of us who ate lunch in front of an old black and white TV as youngsters, we undoubtedly never missed Buffalo Bob Smith in his cowboy garbed outfit, along with his pal "Howdy Doody." Westerns were king during the 1950s, and most of us wanted to be cowboys like Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody character "Sheriff John." Buffalo Bob made a special guest appearance on Happy Days in the 1970s. He died at age 80 of cancer in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The Howdy Doody Show began in December 1947 and lasted 13 seasons.

 

Buffalo Bob Smith and Howdy DoodyBuffalo Bob Smith - The celebrity nickname of Bob Smith, the host of the classic children's puppet series HOWDY DOODY/NBC/1947-60. With the assistance of a silent clown named Clarabell, Buffalo Bob Smith, entertained the children in his audience (known as the Peanut Gallery) and interacted with all sorts of comic characters including the freckle-faced puppet star of the show, Howdy Doody. On earlier episodes Buffalo Bob Smith was just called Mr. Smith but by 1948 he was known as Buffalo Bob, a name given him by the Sycapoose Indians, a friendly tribe of American Indians who lived near the circus town of Doodyville. Buffalo Bob wore a yellow buckskin outfit with red fringe and buffalo insignias, supposedly because he was a descendent of Buffalo Bill. At the beginning of each program Buffalo Bob asked "Say, kids, What time is it? The kids then yelled "It's Howdy Doody Time!" Before taking on his role as host of THE HOWDY DOODY SHOW, Bob Smith was a member of the "Hi-Hatters," a radio singing group popular in the 1930s. Coincidentally, Bob Smith was born in Buffalo, New York. He died of cancer on July 30, 1998 near his home at Flat Rock, North Carolina.  A replica of Howdy Doody resides in the Smithsonian Institution.

More:

CBS News | 'Buffalo Bob' Smith Dead At 80 | December 13, 1999 05 ...

CNN - 'Buffalo Bob' remembered as 'the real star of the show' ...

Howdy Doody Time website   or   http://www.howdydoodytime.com/

Buffalo Bob - Howdy Doody Memorial

Buffalo Bob Smith of Howdy Doody - Autographed Photo

 

 

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