Throwback Thursday Photo, George Churley and Puppets

George Churley surrounded by his puppets [RG5865.PH11]

Today’s Throwback Thursday photo features puppeteer George Churley surrounded by a few of his many creations. George served as producer, writer, and talent for “Kalamity Kate’s Cartoon Corral on KOLN-TV/KGIN-TV, a CBS affiliate broadcasting in Lincoln and Grand Island, NE. From August 1975 to April 1980, George was responsible for about 10 minutes of original programming a day, five days a week.

Featured in this photo with George (the human at center) are in the front row (left to right) Easter Bunny, Baby, Test-Tube, Flash T. Horse, Henry and in the back row (left to right) Sparky T. Colt, George, Dr. Doonothin, and Little Reggie.

Do you love Kalamity Kate and George’s puppets? Be sure to check out the new exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum. “Don’t Touch that Dial: Kalamity Kate and the George Churley Puppets” is open to the public from August 18, 2017 to June 17, 2018. And remember, entrance to the Nebraska History Museum is FREE!

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