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(AZ Family)   Sad news for Zonie Farkers - Wallace of "Wallace and Ladmo," the longest-running live children's show in television history, has gone to that big Ladmo Bag in the sky   (azfamily.com) divider line 45
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2014-07-24 01:43:59 AM  
 
2014-07-24 02:08:36 AM  
In my age, very few kids were raised in AZ (most moved here).  I'll try to keep this short, but I was born and raised. Phoenix METRO was like 600k when I was born and now it's 6 million. Hell Mesa is 800k.

The Wallace and Ladmo Show was an institution in any way that Bozo the Clown was for Illinois kids.  It was a smart show, run by people that wrote for kids not for toy commercials. Wallace (Bill Thompson) was the creator and driving force. Every morning, I'd see a variety of cartoons that was a cross section of zany. Woody Woodpecker, Pink Panther, old school WB, and more. But better yet, I'd see smart sketches that would further open me to SNL, Monty Python, Kids in the Hall and more.

From this great article:

"Thompson (Wallace) sent Spielberg (Steven, duh) a copy of a "Wallace and Ladmo" retrospective book in 1994. Spielberg responded he was "starstruck" to hear from Thompson and asked whether it was OK to refer to Thompson as Wallace.

"Your show inspired me, made me laugh, made me think, and even raised my level of expectations whenever I looked around at things that could make me laugh," Spielberg's letter said." 

Wallace was the straight man and I feel he never got the love that Ladmo did.  Ladmo was the Laurel to Hardy and Abbott to Costello. Ladmo gave bags of candy (with his NAME on it) and had the genuine connectiveness to children. It had to be hard to be Wallace as the second fiddle straight man even though he was the creative force behind the show.  That said I've never seen an article that Thompson complained about his Wallace character or his life or legacy.  

The Wallace and Ladmo Show was my childhood and I'll miss Bill Thompson dearly.
 
2014-07-24 08:02:36 AM  
Was he the dude that just got executed?
 
2014-07-24 08:17:08 AM  
As long as Wallace and Gromit are okay, I'm okay.
 
2014-07-24 08:25:32 AM  
That's tragic, but Blue Peter is the longest running children's show.
 
2014-07-24 08:30:39 AM  
I won a Ladmo bag on two separate occasions and a case of pop shop pop. Anytime I want to make my Phoenix FB friends jealous, I post a picture if me with one of those bags (they were grocery bags with toys. candy, Hostess products, cereal and coupons - and not just singleserving items, but in the beginning they used to give away the whole boxes of dingdong's and sugary cereals and bags of candy)

Fair well Wallace. Thanks for the fun.
 
2014-07-24 09:02:20 AM  
Wow.  Very sad.  Used to watch that show all the time as a kid in the early 70's.  You could see that those guys enjoyed their work and were having a lot of fun.
 
2014-07-24 09:21:23 AM  
Sadness.
Loved that show when I was living there in late 80's, early 90's. Guess Gerald is in charge now?
 
2014-07-24 09:29:13 AM  

Infobahn: I won a Ladmo bag on two separate occasions and a case of pop shop pop. Anytime I want to make my Phoenix FB friends jealous, I post a picture if me with one of those bags (they were grocery bags with toys. candy, Hostess products, cereal and coupons - and not just singleserving items, but in the beginning they used to give away the whole boxes of dingdong's and sugary cereals and bags of candy)

Fair well Wallace. Thanks for the fun.


I'm still jealous. I wanted a Ladmo bag sooooooo much. Didn't we all?

johnny queso: Guess Gerald is in charge now?


Captain Super.
 
2014-07-24 09:37:59 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Infobahn: I won a Ladmo bag on two separate occasions and a case of pop shop pop. Anytime I want to make my Phoenix FB friends jealous, I post a picture if me with one of those bags (they were grocery bags with toys. candy, Hostess products, cereal and coupons - and not just singleserving items, but in the beginning they used to give away the whole boxes of dingdong's and sugary cereals and bags of candy)

Fair well Wallace. Thanks for the fun.

I'm still jealous. I wanted a Ladmo bag sooooooo much. Didn't we all?

johnny queso: Guess Gerald is in charge now?

Captain Super.


Supe's on!
 
2014-07-24 09:38:39 AM  
I also won a Ladmo bag when my troop was on the show. It wasn't the grocery bag size Infobahn describes above, more like a lunch bag. Still fun as hell.
 
2014-07-24 09:40:38 AM  
Seconded. Captain Super is totally in charge now.

I was on that show twice in the 80's. I was lucky enough to win a drawing / big prize pack the first time and a Ladmo bag the second. Lots and lots of soda pop in that grocery bag...

It was a great show and some genuinely nice people.
 
2014-07-24 09:42:04 AM  
Once was on the show and got a "Ladmo Bag" too. It might have been a good thing that the Betamax didn't work when we recorded that show. Looking back, I wasn't proud of running off the set while the other kids were waving goodbye.

Sad that KPHO-TV kept only 40 or so hours of footage, which they gave to the Arizona Historical Society.
 
2014-07-24 09:43:04 AM  
Wow. I used to watch that show all the time as a kid growing up in Mesa. And yes, like everyone else that age I always wanted a Ladmo Bag.
 
2014-07-24 09:46:17 AM  
Did you know Wallace is not dead but just lost in the Wayback Machine?

/a relative of mine was called by the show and told her kid won a chance at a Ladmo bag. She told the caller "it wasn't worth her time" and she hung up on them.
 
2014-07-24 09:50:02 AM  
Channel 5 watcher here
 
2014-07-24 09:50:10 AM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: Did you know Wallace is not dead but just lost in the Wayback Machine?

/a relative of mine was called by the show and told her kid won a chance at a Ladmo bag. She told the caller "it wasn't worth her time" and she hung up on them.


Aunt Maud would like a word with her.
 
2014-07-24 10:45:31 AM  

ciderczar: That's tragic, but Blue Peter is the longest running children's show.


Headline said longest running live children's show. Is Blue Peter done live?
 
2014-07-24 10:56:50 AM  

B.L.Z. Bub: ciderczar: That's tragic, but Blue Peter is the longest running children's show.

Headline said longest running live children's show. Is Blue Peter done live?


Oh, no. I misread. My apologies.
 
2014-07-24 11:01:47 AM  
I was on the Wallace and Ladmo show twice when I was a kid - Great memories
 
2014-07-24 11:02:10 AM  
That show was such a part of growing up here, I'd always forget that people from elsewhere might not know who they are.

"What, you want a Ladmo bag for that or something?"

"?!!?"

"Oh...yeah"

/RIP Wallace
 
2014-07-24 11:04:11 AM  
Forgot to add...

www.wallacewatchers.com

Captain Super, the original Tebower.
 
2014-07-24 11:34:02 AM  
Gerald is next, yo'!

Pat McMahon was able to spin that shizzle into a great broadcasting career. Good on them.

I was at Lad's funeral years ago...they had to close down Southern ave for a little bit.


Sad to see them go. I never got a Ladmo bag - but my older bro did. I remember weh nthey got smaller to lunch bag size. Lame. Lol
 
2014-07-24 11:45:51 AM  
I saw this last night and was very sad.  I won a Ladmo Bag for sending in a drawing I made of all the major characters.  Would have also been a Lucky Seat Winner for a second bag that day had I not insisted on sitting in the aisle seat.  My sister ended up getting that one.  Yeah, the parents would have made me give it to her any way, but still.  I'm pretty sure my mom still has the VHS we recorded of that.  Somewhere.
 
2014-07-24 12:24:52 PM  
Sad to see. And yet that coward Gerald still lives.
Never got a Ladmo bag, always wanted one.
 
2014-07-24 12:29:42 PM  
Like I commented on a post in FB, it's hard to explain the impact that show had around here when we were growing up. It had a sophistication lacking in anything else that followed, and had an utter absence of condescension, which is why I think kids loved it so much.

And who could forget that maniacal theme song?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp03Vs3O_ps

//Ho ho ha ha hee hee ha ha ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....
/creators and programmers today would do well to study up, using this as a base
//Wallace and Ladmo back together, amen
 
2014-07-24 01:51:56 PM  

DesertCoyote: Sad that KPHO-TV kept only 40 or so hours of footage, which they gave to the Arizona Historical Society.



WOW.  that's it?  incredible.

yeah, sad day for Arizonans.....a girl in my 2nd grade class got a Ladmo bag, she won some contest i think....she had to go up to the studios to tape that morning (we lived about an hour outside of phoenix at the time), so she came to school later that morning and we all got to hold the bag.  ha.

Commodore Condello and Pat McMahon are still kicking.  and who was that girl int he pink beret they brougth on the last few years?  She made me feel very.....very funny, in a special place, as a boy of about 11, 12 or so.  She made me feel very weird "down there".   Joanie?  Suzy?
 
2014-07-24 02:31:08 PM  

rickythepenguin:    Joanie?  Suzy?


Judy? I think that was actually Cathy Dresbach, who's become a local theater favorite, and a couple movie roles.

And yes, I wanted to boink her as well.
 
2014-07-24 02:40:56 PM  

raptusregaliter: Like I commented on a post in FB, it's hard to explain the impact that show had around here when we were growing up. It had a sophistication lacking in anything else that followed, and had an utter absence of condescension, which is why I think kids loved it so much.

And who could forget that maniacal theme song?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp03Vs3O_ps

//Ho ho ha ha hee hee ha ha ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....
/creators and programmers today would do well to study up, using this as a base
//Wallace and Ladmo back together, amen


Alice Cooper at the 1:00 mark.

I remember seeing the 35th anniversary show, I believe. They had Spielberg, Waylon Jennings, Alice cooper and maybe even Garry Shandling on. It was pretty amazing to see all of them talking about the influence w&l had on them. They also had a dentist on extolling the virtues of the ladmo bag.
 
2014-07-24 02:57:08 PM  

rickythepenguin: WOW.  that's it?  incredible.


KPHO didn't realize how valuable archiving the shows would be to them. And, since 1" VTR tape was expensive in the '70s, they re-recorded programs on the same tape as much as they can.

rickythepenguin: Commodore Condello and Pat McMahon are still kicking.  and who was that girl int he pink beret they brougth on the last few years?  She made me feel very.....very funny, in a special place, as a boy of about 11, 12 or so.  She made me feel very weird "down there".   Joanie?  Suzy?


IIRC, Mike Condello died not too long after Ladmo.
 
2014-07-24 03:15:22 PM  
rickythepenguin:

Commodore Condello and Pat McMahon are still kicking.  and who was that girl int he pink beret they brougth on the last few years?  She made me feel very.....very funny, in a special place, as a boy of about 11, 12 or so.  She made me feel very weird "down there".   Joanie?  Suzy?

It was Jodie. I lived in Mesa/Chandler in the late 1980's.Jodie & Ladmo did all the public appearances in those last few years of the show; Wallace had retired from public appearances but was still doing the show. I took my then preschool-aged daughter (who was afraid of clowns) to a "Ladmo & Jodie" appearance & she was scared of Ladmo,which I didn't understand because I thought he didn't look very clown-like.
 
2014-07-24 03:18:09 PM  

Usurper4: rickythepenguin:    Joanie?  Suzy?

Judy? I think that was actually Cathy Dresbach, who's become a local theater favorite, and a couple movie roles.

And yes, I wanted to boink her as well.


There's a reason she was named perky the clown
 
2014-07-24 03:19:38 PM  
BinderWoman:

It was Jodie. I lived in Mesa/Chandler in the late 1980's.Jodie & Ladmo did all the public appearances in those last few years of the show; Wallace had retired from public appearances but was still doing the show. I took my then preschool-aged daughter (who was afraid of clowns) to a "Ladmo & Jodie" appearance & she was scared of Ladmo,which I didn't understand because I thought he didn't look very clown-like.

Dresbach also played a very irritating clown character as well. The name escapes me at this moment. It might have also been McMahon as "Boffo" that scared your daughter.
 
2014-07-24 03:23:01 PM  
johnny queso:
I remember seeing the 35th anniversary show, I believe. They had Spielberg, Waylon Jennings, Alice cooper and maybe even Garry Shandling on. It was pretty amazing to see all of them talking about the influence w&l had on them. They also had a dentist on extolling the virtues of the ladmo bag.

I recorded that 35th anniversary show on VHS. I still have it...somewhere
 
2014-07-24 03:25:50 PM  

DesertCoyote: IIRC, Mike Condello died not too long after Ladmo.


wow, i didn't know that.  The MIM up in Scottsdale has a mini-W&L display, probably more accurate to say Condello display;  some of the guitars, a TV with a loop of them on the show, and a few other things.  pretty cool.

DesertCoyote: Dresbach also played a very irritating clown character as well.


huh....i don't remember that.  yeah she was cute as hell.  i wonder if Marshall Goodman or Captain Super ever crushed it.
 
2014-07-24 03:30:06 PM  

raptusregaliter: Like I commented on a post in FB, it's hard to explain the impact that show had around here when we were growing up. It had a sophistication lacking in anything else that followed, and had an utter absence of condescension, which is why I think kids loved it so much.

And who could forget that maniacal theme song?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp03Vs3O_ps


Oh man, I had forgotten how Monty Python that was.
 
2014-07-24 03:56:56 PM  

fiddlehead: raptusregaliter: Like I commented on a post in FB, it's hard to explain the impact that show had around here when we were growing up. It had a sophistication lacking in anything else that followed, and had an utter absence of condescension, which is why I think kids loved it so much.

And who could forget that maniacal theme song?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp03Vs3O_ps

Oh man, I had forgotten how Monty Python that was.


About a year ago I had that theme in my head as an earworm... drove me crazy, not just because it's a nutty but catchy tune, but because I could not remember for the life of me where it came from.
 
2014-07-24 03:59:17 PM  
Oh, and fiddlehead, W&L were very heavily influenced by Ernie Kovacs, especially in the early years. They practically did a ripoff of Eugene in the library.

//and Kovacs would have heartily approved
 
2014-07-24 05:04:51 PM  
I remember every morning getting ready for school with W&L on the tv. That was back in the golden age of kid's tv. When Saturday mornings were spent with your rear on the couch watching cartoons & eating cereal with enough sugar to knock out a cow. It was fun being a kid back in those days.

I wanted a Ladmo bag so stinking bad. I tried hard to get my mother to take me to a taping but she refused. :/
 
2014-07-24 06:00:40 PM  
Grew up watching that show every damn morning :(
 
2014-07-24 07:41:13 PM  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avT1JfQoyUc

Just a sample of the meta-weirdness that was Wallace and Ladmo.
 
2014-07-24 10:36:46 PM  
Also won a Ladmo bag back int the day. Amazing how many farkers in this thread got one too.
 
2014-07-24 10:47:06 PM  
http://www.wallacewatchers.com/index.html

Nadie_AZ: Infobahn: I won a Ladmo bag on two separate occasions and a case of pop shop pop. Anytime I want to make my Phoenix FB friends jealous, I post a picture if me with one of those bags (they were grocery bags with toys. candy, Hostess products, cereal and coupons - and not just singleserving items, but in the beginning they used to give away the whole boxes of dingdong's and sugary cereals and bags of candy)

Fair well Wallace. Thanks for the fun.

I'm still jealous. I wanted a Ladmo bag sooooooo much. Didn't we all?

johnny queso: Guess Gerald is in charge now?

Captain Super.


Hubb Kapp

Usurper4: rickythepenguin:    Joanie?  Suzy?

Judy? I think that was actually Cathy Dresbach, who's become a local theater favorite, and a couple movie roles.

And yes, I wanted to boink her as well.


Jodi the Pink Beret girl. She was also Dottie the old lady. And the annoying clown. No, not the mopey one. Perky, the other annoying clown.


It was a simpler time. And yet the stuff they did then could still make the adults that had to watch along with their kids have a little bit of a laugh. Or smirk, anyway.

/Ladmo bags forever!
 
2014-07-24 11:17:01 PM  
Grotesk:
/Ladmo bags forever!


wow thanks for sharing, that is pretty phenomenal!

RIP Wallace and Ladmo.

/my only interaction was a state fair gig, jeez, i was 12-15, whatever, and they were finishing up a set at the fairgrounds to the west of the Coliseum.  vague memory of like, "holy crap, that is *them*!"
 
2014-07-25 03:18:35 AM  

rickythepenguin: Grotesk:
/Ladmo bags forever!


wow thanks for sharing, that is pretty phenomenal!

RIP Wallace and Ladmo.

/my only interaction was a state fair gig, jeez, i was 12-15, whatever, and they were finishing up a set at the fairgrounds to the west of the Coliseum.  vague memory of like, "holy crap, that is *them*!"


I lived too far away to have any personal experiences with them other than watching on TV. And I was too old to be watching by the time they went off the air, but I still tuned in every so often. And their anniversary retrospective shows.

And I still want a Ladmo bag, dammit!

/Maybe I just want there to still be Ladmo bags being given out by someone, somewhere. You know, for the kids.
//Or maybe I just want some snacks and cheap toys. I don't live near a convenience store anymore, so I haven't had a Twinkie or Hostess Cupcake or suchlike in like, nearly a decade.
///Or maybe I'm wishing I could be six years old and still full of innocence and wonder, able to appreciate zany morning Vaudevillians in a low-budget production on more-or-less local television and grateful for any little gift which might bring hours of imaginative play and the warm glow of knowing someone, anyone, had the kindness to be nice to me.
 
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