The Sentinel from Carlisle, Pennsylvania on May 16, 1964 · 11
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The Sentinel from Carlisle, Pennsylvania · 11

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THE EVENING SENTINEL, CARLISLE. PJU SATURDAY. MAT 16. 1964 I Gtye Sowing &tffnl VWfO (YUY WKX-AU RIGHTS KSEIYED H. T. DICKINSON a CO, MC May 17 Thru May 23 Channela Q) CE-QD O gj COLOR PROGRAMS FOR THE WEEK MONDAY, MAY IS SUNDAYMAY IT 10:00 Faith For Today , 11:15 Davey & Goliath 12:00 State Report 5:00 Rockey & Friends ' 5:30 Doorway To Life College Bowl 6:00 00 05 Meet The Press . 7:30 53) Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Empire 9:00 (3D Bonanza . . 10:00 (ID Show of The Week . ' MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 9:00 College of the Air . 9:30 Cartoons 9:45 (D Spin & Win I 10:30 CD (J!) Word for Word , 11:30 (3D Jeopardy , 12:00 CP) Your First Impression ' 12:30 CTD Truth or Consequences 2:00 (3D Let's Make a Deal 3:30 CU) You Don't Say 11:00 News, Sports, Weather 11:30 Q3) Tonight Show .- 8:30 (33) 8?) Wagon Train 10:00 (B Sing Along With Mitch TUESDAY. MAY 19 9:00 (33) 6D Greatest Show On Earth 10:00 ffl (jj) Telephone Hour WEDNESDAY. MAY 20 7:30 (3D The Virginian THURSDAY, MAY 21 . 7:30 (33) The Flintstonei 9:30 Tfl Hazel 10:00 (3D Perry Como FRIDAY, MAY 22 8:30 QD Bob Hope Show . 10:00 13) Jack Paar Show SATURDAY. MAY 23 9:30 (3D Ruff and Reddy 3v,w 10:00 fi) Hector Heathcots Show 12:00 (3D Bullwinkle Show 1:00 Soldiers of the Law 1:15 Villa ' 5:00 Big Island ' 5:30 Sports Special 6:00 Call of the Outdoors 8:30 T3) Joey Bishop Show 9:00 Sat, Night At The Movies JIMMY DEAN AND MUPPE1 ' wc n M p. kj 1 By RUTH E. THOMPSON ' The biggest sleeper of tele visions' year never closes his eyes. He's Rowlf The Muppet Hound whose guestmanship on the Jimmy Dean Show (ABC, Thursdays, 9:30 P.M.) has turned into a permanent thing and a runaway hit Definitely one of the more gracious of the newer stars the personality hound shows up in person to do his own interviews. He's accompanied, of course, by Jim Henson, the bearded, at tractive and talented young man who created Rowlf and loans him his voice. Henson is also the man who's had to curtail some of his other flour ishing muppet characters to give full play to the new star. Kowir and Henson had ar rived a trifle early . . . but I could tell by the giggles as approached the door that it had been more than enough time to demoralize the typing pool. They were taking turns patting his firm, fuzzy head and breaking up at the repartee the wise young dog was tossing around. How does one account for Rowlf's vogue? More human than human? Well ... yes Lots of personality? Well . . yes, but what else? j Mutual Admiration Society "Well you see," reminisced Henson, "though Rowlf has no chronological age, he hasn't been with us from the start like Kermit (beloved, bug-eyed wisacre now in semi-retirement). Rowlf was created for a dog food commercial in Can ada and then he got into the regular act, and then . . ." Rowlf turned his bright lidless eyes and took over the conversation: "My present success is due atrictlv to Jimmy Dean. We get along just fine. You see Jimmy believes in me, really believes in me, and because he does, I really feel I've grown a lot. "Rowlf has evolved considerably." echoed Henson. "And be does love working, with Jimmy, even between scenes they kid around a lot. They understand each other . . . but Jimmy and I rarely get a chance to talk." Rowlf moved his wonderfully flannelly jaws into a smug grin. "Furthermore," says Henson, "Jimmy and Rowlf do duets together. They have to rehearse. As for me, well I myself don't sing." ! "But you're his voice!' ' "What difference does that make? As Jim Henson, I jif till n 4 $ 1 MMfflJUIflTC W-1 Pf "ffWWWftW Wit- iiii ' .x v - ' f r 1 1 " Rowlf The Mupped Hound and Jimmy Dean kid around even between scenes on the ABC "Jimmy Dean Show (Thursdays, 9:30 P.M.) leaving practically no time for Rowlf's "voice," bearded puppetteer, Jim Henson, to do much conversing. f simply could not get up and sing. Rowlf loves it, though. "Ah, so there is a mystique about puppets! Is it true that puppetteers become so identi fied with the little fellows that the creations become real?" "Well, in my own case, 'yes' and 'no.' It's yes, to the ex tent that puppets become real". . But no, you're under the misapprehension if you think they become an obsession that takes me over ... or my wife Jane, or any of the people who work with us." Started In High School Henson's work with puppets was already so advanced when he was a high school student in Hyattsville. Maryland, that he auditioned for a Washington. D.C. station that had advertised for a puppetteer, and got tfie job. That show folded the next week but he'd already been observed by a power at a rival station who hired him on the spot. And he stayed on all the way through college (the University of Maryland where he met Jane), an in fact until last year. . i In the meantime, with Janej and other members recruited from the college puppetry club, they went on to become "must" viewing with Washington brass who took to the Muppet way of sharpening satire to the point where it could have hurt . . if it hand't been so all-fired en joyable. "When we joined the Today' show, we moved our entire studio to New York, and that's where we still are. "Jane, who's still the best manipulator in the business, is home taking care of children (two girls and a boy ranging from four-and-a-half years to six months) ... but all the rest of the staff is still on the job. I "I feel real lucky, though, we have a wonderful right hand for Rowlf, Frank Oznowicz, and when he and I have gotten just a little more accustomed to synch, he'll be up to Jane's performance." What's a right hand? Explains Henson 'Most of the puppets around today are hand and rod. One man manipulates! the head and left hand, the other the right hand." . what s a muppet versus a puppet? "Well, when we first started our studio, some of our creations were part puppet, part marionette. Since then we ve discontinued strings en tirely, but in the meantime the term became identified with us." Obviously Rowlf is thriving, but does Henson miss the diver sity of other performances? He had to give up "Today" to concentrate on the "Jimmy Dean Show." Now, I know It may surprise (you, but right now with the j World's Fair and all there's a lot of work for puppetteers. Though we limit performances, the studio is busy with commes cials and the Kke." How does Rowlf get along: with guest stars? Rowlf cocked his head and spoke up for hinv self: "Well first ' of an, there's-Lassie. Oh, she's beautiful I Just think of a shaggy schnook like me appearing with that Hollywood beauty!" (Obviously too modest, Rowlf, after all yon were nominated for a "Rover" statuette too). "Molly Bee? Wow, well lei me tell you right off the bat She's no dog! Patty Duke's a real cute girl-type, too." Yup. So, that Rowlfs go his eyes open all the time. And you'll be able to focus yours oa that jolly visage of his through out the summer via reruns and come September In a lively new season.

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