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Old March 4th, 2011, 11:50 AM
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My kids loved those animals in Red Rose too.....My gf brought me back a box from Canada, they were in mesh bags....unlike our paper tea bags...
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I got a little nostaligic, and decided to google for the figurines. I came across the Red Rose site, which spoke to the teas being available in the US - which surprised me. TV advertising in Canada was built on a campagin in which a distinguished gentleman sipped his tea and said "only in Canada, pity". (might have been Christopher Plummer?) We were always led to believe that this tea was only sold in Canada.

According to Wikipedia, while Red Rose was available in the US; Americans were sold a black tea blend; where as the Orange Pekoe blend was unique to Canada.
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Here are the looklalike Tea cups.....supposed to be Garry Moore,and, Denise Lorr..


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Todd--

I can't do better than Bill Cullen. Wiki confirms that he had childhood polio, and the time frame is right. He didn't die until about 1990. Plus, most of the shows he did came from New York, so looking for a nice place up the Hudson makes sense.

Henry--

Forgot all about Ed Herlihy. Before Children's Hour he was a noted radio announcer and was heard in theaters for years doing newsreel voiceovers. Later, of course, he was the voice of Kraft cheese for what seemed forever.

As far as Godfrey was concerned, yes, he was criticized not so much for firing LaRosa (it was his show and he could fire whomever he wanted to), but for doing it on the air, which was certainly very tacky. He was also an avid private pilot, and got in big trouble with the FAA for buzzing the tower at Teterboro in his DC-3. I think his license was suspended for a time, but he got it back, and was still flying his Beechcraft until shortly before his death. He did tell me that in his later years he would always take another pilot along with him "in case I forget how to do it." An airport not far from here near his Virginia farm is named after him.

As for anti-Semitism, I know that he was accused of that, but when I worked with him I had an obviously Jewish production assistant (last name was Kaplan), and he got along famously with her. Once, they even trotted off to dinner together in a limo (ahem, without me). So if it was true he evidently got over it.
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THANKS A TON! That's who it was, Bill Cullen!

Thank you so very much!

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I can't do better than Bill Cullen. Wiki confirms that he had childhood polio, and the time frame is right. He didn't die until about 1990. Plus, most of the shows he did came from New York, so looking for a nice place up the Hudson makes sense.

Henry--

Forgot all about Ed Herlihy. Before Children's Hour he was a noted radio announcer and was heard in theaters for years doing newsreel voiceovers. Later, of course, he was the voice of Kraft cheese for what seemed forever.

As far as Godfrey was concerned, yes, he was criticized not so much for firing LaRosa (it was his show and he could fire whomever he wanted to), but for doing it on the air, which was certainly very tacky. He was also an avid private pilot, and got in big trouble with the FAA for buzzing the tower at Teterboro in his DC-3. I think his license was suspended for a time, but he got it back, and was still flying his Beechcraft until shortly before his death. He did tell me that in his later years he would always take another pilot along with him "in case I forget how to do it." An airport not far from here near his Virginia farm is named after him.

As for anti-Semitism, I know that he was accused of that, but when I worked with him I had an obviously Jewish production assistant (last name was Kaplan), and he got along famously with her. Once, they even trotted off to dinner together in a limo (ahem, without me). So if it was true he evidently got over it.

I heard from a radio personality of that era that Archie Bleyer was responsible for Arthur Godfrey's success ,that withour Bleyer ,Godfrey would not have made it . Do you subscribe to that theory ?
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I'm sitting here trying to figure out how Archie Blyer could have been the creative force behind Arthur Godfrey. Frankly, it sounds like sour grapes. . .doesn't even begin to pass the smell test. That's like saying Ray Block and Sammy Speer were responsible for Jackie Gleason's success. For those who might not know, Blyer was the bandleader on Godfrey's shows, and on most if not all of his records. Nothing against him at all; by all accounts he was a very good musician and a talented arranger. But Godfrey's secret weapon? I don't think so.

Godfrey succeeded because he connected directly and individually with the people in his audience. I think it is as simple (and as difficult) as that. His radio career took off in Baltimore (Red Godfrey) where he honed the art of intimate conversation, even if thousands were listening. As far as I know Blyer wasn't working with him in those days.

And, over his many years on network radio and then television, no one would ever confuse him with a fine singer (although he did sing). That's another argument against Blyer being the power behind the throne. A lot of his records and on air performances were novelty songs--silly stuff. One I remember went like this. . ."If it wasn't for your father would your mother be your mother, so remember Dad on Mother's Day." Not exactly Cole Porter.

But all you have to do is see a film of one of his shows--even now--and you understand immediately that being a gifted communicator was the bedrock of his success.

Probably the most well-known recording of Godfrey was when CBS put him at the mike to describe FDR's funeral. A very touching piece of tape, which ends with him in tears. It wasn't calculated; it just happened. And people related to that. When he finally said "God bless President Truman" I reckon a big part of the country was crying with him (that was even a little before MY time).

Anyway, that's the long way of saying I don't buy the Blyer thing, and I find it a little off-the-wall.
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Re Archie Bleyer ,that was conveyed to my father from his friend Jack Sterling .
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