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Old 04-22-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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Who remembers Uncle Al & Captain Wendy ?? When we lived in Stratford Manor they came to the neighborhood and all of us kids went wild.
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Oh
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Who remembers Uncle Al & Captain Wendy ?? When we lived in Stratford Manor they came to the neighborhood and all of us kids went wild.

I remember them. Our son watched them everyday.

Was it just me or did they seem partial to the girls (not meaning this in a bad way)
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:34 PM
 
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I remember them. Our son watched them everyday.

Was it just me or did they seem partial to the girls (not meaning this in a bad way)
I was at work one day in the 70's and managed to find a TV in time to see my 4 year old son being carried on Uncle Al's shoulders to open the program.

In that case, at least, they weren't favoring girls.

I was never on the show but we had some kind of festival to collect money for some cause while I was a child in Golf Manor and we went to the Skipper Ryle program to present the money to whoever we presented it to.

That was kind of neat although I remember Skipper's demeanor changing as soon as we went to commercials. Seemed like a nice enough guy, though.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:51 PM
 
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That's right, I had forgot about him. If I remember right he had a mustache, I miss the good ole days.
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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Default Uncle Al / Skipper Ryle

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That's right, I had forgot about him. If I remember right he had a mustache, I miss the good ole days.
Mustaches were not all that common then, especially on hosts of
kids' shows - it definitely gave Glen ("Skipper") Ryle a distinctive look.
His show was on channel 12, WKRC, in the mornings and may even
have aired at the same time as Uncle Al's show. The show featured
games involving children in the audience, as well as cartoons. I
seem to recall that Gumby was a feature of Skipper Ryle's show in
the mid-1960's.

Glen Ryle also had a radio show on WKRC-FM. I think it was called
"Jazz at Five." This was in the early days of FM broadcasting, when
local studios operated not only television stations, but also both AM
and FM stations. Anyone remember WCPO-AM (1230), and its FM
counterpart?

Al and Wanda Lewis (a.k.a. Uncle Al and Captain Windy) had a show
on Channel 9. It seemed to be geared toward younger children than
Skipper Ryle's show. I remember being in the audience as a very
young child; observing live the stiff, machine-like movement of the
actors in the Kroger commercial was very frightening at the time.
The show was a long-time advertiser for Al Nash's Mayflower movers,
Pat and Joe's furniture and, maybe Alber's ("Remember to say
'Uncle Al sent me!'").
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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I liked Skipper Ryle's sock puppets The only ones I recall offhand were Wilma and Willard (pronounced "Wil-LARD.") Willard always started off saying things by laughing with a dopey "eee eee eee," while Wilma was the brains of the outfit. Her trademark greeting was, "Hi, hun-ney!"

Mention of Uncle Al opened a memory floodgate: the cheesy merry-go-round toward the end of each show, "Captain Wendy's" arrival heralded by taped footage of her "flying" through the air supported by visible wires, "Hi Ernie, hi Ernie, whaddaya know and whaddaya say?" I never had the dubious pleasure of visiting Channel 9 for a taping, but heard nothing but horror stories from those who did. Seems Mr & Mrs Lewis were childless and didn't exactly revel in their gig. You could often catch, just before a commercial break or between segments, their herding kids around.

Sing along with me (LOL): "Yum yum yum, Husman's potato chips, try some some, Husman's potato chips!" Do it today!
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:15 PM
 
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Sing along with me (LOL): "Yum yum yum, Husman's potato chips, try some some, Husman's potato chips!" Do it today!
Yes - and always with an accordion accompaniment by Uncle Al, sporting
a porkpie hat.

Actually, Husman's had some catchier jingles for some of their other
snacks. Didn't they also make Dipsy Doodles? () Husman commercials
often supported local programs, like Ruth Lyon's "Fabulous Fifty-Fifty Club."

Speaking of hats, Skipper Ryle was no stranger to the accoutrement,
often appearing with a skipper's cap. If I recall correctly, his "character"
was a river-boat captain; one of the program's theme songs had the
lyrics, "Something's always happening on the river."
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati
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Default Uncle Al, Captain Wendy, Skipper Ryle

Wow.......I haven't thought of any of those shows in ages. I was actually on the Uncle Al show and the Skipper Ryle show as a young boy. In fact, at the end of the Skipper Ryle show they chose a kid for the "Skipper Swap"....I was selected and won a big stack of games.......but didn't win the bike.

I also remember my older sister thought that Uncle Al and Captain Wendy were mean. If I look hard enough I believe we have pictures taken while at the show.
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:14 PM
 
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If I look hard enough I believe we have pictures taken while at the show.
Oh yeah--they used to give you a big black and white glossy picture of all the kids that were on that day. My mom has about 3 of them from when I was little in her scrap book. I hate when she drags that thing out for my kids. They think who everyone looked in the 70's is so funny and it is even more hysterical that I was on TV.

Those pics, my autographed Johnny Bench picture, and a Cincy Reds banner were some of my prized possessions circa 1974-75!!
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Who remembers Uncle Al & Captain Wendy ??
I was there.

The excellence and quality of television programming in Cincinnati was unsurpassed, with the Paul Dixon Show, the Bob Braun Show, the Midwestern Hayride, the Cool Ghoul, Uncle Al, and many others.
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