Garfield Goose & Friends

WGN Chicago (ended 1976)


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Garfield Goose & Friends

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This little gem was another Chicago favorite from WGN-TV. The King of the United States himself. This famous' goose followed the great Ray Rayner show every morning for five days a week. In 1955, Thomas joined WGN-TV with his "Garfield Goose and Friends" program that had aired for 3 previous years on other Chicago stations. The show, which featured Thomas' puppet creation "Garfield Goose" and Thomas himself as the Prime Minister, ran from 1952 until 1976. Artist/puppeteer Roy Brown (Cookie from The Bozo Show) created Garfield's friends Romberg Rabbit, Macintosh Mouse, Beauregard Burnside III, and Gar's nephew, Christmas Goose. Here the Little Theater Screen would show the classic cartoons of "The Funny Company", Clutch Cargo, Marshal Brodines "The Magic Hands", as well as the Many chaptered "Journey To The Beginning Of Time". "Garfield Goose" also featured child guests who had unusual hobby's or collections in a little segment titled "Hobby Corner". In 1962, Frazier Thomas added another program to his schedule at WGN, "Family Classics with Frazier Thomas." Thomas not only hosted classic film, but he also personally selected titles and edited them to conform to the framework of good taste for the entire family to see. For his work on this program, as well as "Garfield Goose and Friends," he received Emmy Awards from the Chicago Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1976 Frazier Thomas and the "Garfield Goose and Friends" puppets then join WGN-TV's "Bozo's Circus." Garfield "buys" the circus from Ringmaster Ned and "names" Thomas as the circus manager. Garfield Goose continued as a regular character on the show until 1981. Sadly Frazier Thomas passed away on April 3, 1985, at the age of 66. But to this day, weather it be "Garfield Goose and Friends", "Family Classics", or "Bozo Circus", Frazier Thomas will remain an icon of childhood memories. Frazier Thomas invented his legendary puppet Garfield Goose in the late 1940s while working in Cincinnati. In 1952, Thomas brought his "Garfield Goose and His Friends" to Chicago where it appeared on various TV stations. In 1954, Thomas and Garfield Goose joined WGN-TV, where it remained until 1976. They were introduced as "Garfield, the goose who thinks he's king of the United States, and Frazier Thomas, his prime minister, who wouldn't tell him differently for the world." The puppet characters Included Garfield Goose; Garfield's nephew, Chris (born on Christmas day); Romberg Rabbit, a former magician's assistant; Ramona Rabbit, Romberg's girlfriend; Beauregard Burnside III, a bloodhound; Macintosh Mouse; Mama Goose and Ally Gator. The puppets never spoke. Garfield would clack his beak, and Thomas interpreted for him. Cartoons and live action segments included Clutch Cargo, Space Angel, Pow-Wow the Indian Boy, Spunky and Tadpole, The Funny Company, Journey to the Beginning of Time, and, during the holidays, Suzy Snowflake, UPA's Frosty the Snowman and The Three Little Dwarfs (Hardrock, Coco and Joe). There were also live guests and hobby segments. "Garfield Goose" was dropped from the schedule in 1976 when Ned Locke retired as ringmaster on "Bozo's Circus". Thomas was picked to replace him. As explained to the kids at that time, Garfield Goose "bought" Bozo's Circus and hired Frazier Thomas as General Manager. Garfield Goose continued as a regular character on the show until 1981. Thomas stayed on "Bozo" until his death in 1985.moreless