(Editor’s Note: Part One of a two-part series).
If you were a Baby Boomer growing up in Oklahoma in the 50s and 60s, Foreman Scotty was a big part of your afternoon.
If you were lucky, you got to be in the studio audience when the show broadcast live every day.
And if you were REALLY lucky, and it was your birthday, you got to watch the show while riding Woody.
I did that on my fifth birthday — March 15, 1961.
And let me tell you, it was a BIG DEAL!
I found my invitation (above) the other day while looking through my memorabilia.
I can still remember how thrilled I was on that special birthday when my Mom took me, my best friend Steve and my cousins to “The City” so we could be on the Foreman Scotty Show live.
I also remember not being thrilled at all when I couldn’t reach Woody’s stirrups to mount up.
In fact I was devastated, at least until Foreman Scotty saved the day.
“Let me help you, pardner,” he said, as he grabbed me under the arms and swung me way up high onto Woody.
I sat right in the front, with other Birthday Boys and Girls riding behind me.
In the last 50 years, I’ve been on TV a few times, but THAT had to be the broadcasting highlight.
Xavier T. Willard
If you ever watched Foreman Scotty, which ran on WKY-TV from 1956 to 1971, you probably also remember his sidekick, Xavier T. Willard, a.k.a Danny Williams.
While I was Googling around for Foreman Scotty information, I found some cool stuff like ForemanScotty.com.
And I also struck gold with this straight-to-camera reminiscence by Danny Williams.
For 18 minutes, Danny talks about his amazing TV career, which combined a comic genius (“Willie” was really the star of the Foreman Scotty Show) with an amazing talent for being in the right place at the right time during the early days of network television.
I had forgotten about 3-D Danny (a.k.a Dan D. Dynamo, the Sputnik-era kids’ show in which Danny was an alien, complete with big shoulders and a ray gun).
I’d also forgotten that Danny had his own talk show for years, Dannysday, and that it gave co-host Mary Hart one of her big breaks before she went on to fame with Entertainment Tonight.
But you could never forget Danny’s long-running gig as the ring-side announcer for Saturday Night Wrestling, which featured the cheeziest fake professional ‘rasslers around — who my Aunt LOVED — and which always ended with Danny’s famous catch-line: “Watch Out For Flying Chairs!”
Below are a few websites for Okie Boomers who want to stroll down Memory Lane (or, if they were a Big Birthday Star like me, ride down Memory Lane on Woody).
Click HERE for HoHo the Clown memories.