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The creation of the most imaginative kid shows ever!
Kid Show -My World of Imagination
BillJackson, Chicago’s legendary creator of some of the most innovative local children’s television in America, takes you with him on a journey filled with soaring successes and nose-diving defeats.
From his career's surprising beginning to its inevitable end, Bill Jackson, known by his initials as B. J., takes you on an incredibly imaginative journey, conceiving some of the most delightfully inspired segments found on any show in America -- including Whozit, Faces in Clouds, Drawing to Music, Painting in Air, a mail-eating postmaster, a talking suggestion box, cliff-hanging serials, and the vaudeville-inspired Hokey Theater Players.
And for performers he created perhaps the most compelling puppets in the history of children’s television, including such favorites as
smoke-billowing Dirty Dragon
prissy Wally Goodscout,p
extremely exuberant Mother Plumtree,
soft-spoken Old Professor
that pucker-power-menace, the Lemon Joke Kid
and, yes, delightful non-puppet Blob -- the large. bizarre lump of clay B. J. sculpted that spoke unintelligible “mood talk” only B. J. could understand.
Bill’s most popular shows -- Cartoon Town, B. J. & Dirty Dragon, and The Gigglesnort Hotel – were all produced in Chicago where his imaginative scripts, cartooning, puppetry, and production delighted his audiences and inspired creativity perhaps more than any other kid show on television. The Gigglesnort Hotel went on to national and international syndication.
Written with his off-beat humor and down-home style, Bill takes you by his side on a journey through his past. Kid Show -- My World of Imagination is as compelling and fun as his shows were, and returns you to an era in children’s television you will never see again.
Special bonus -- Included in the book is a photo history of Bill's career.
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Kid Show - My World of Imagination
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Bill never charges for autographs, but since he does not stock or ship the books, you would need to mail the book to him with a postage paid, self addressed mailer for your book's return. Be sure to print the autograph receiver's name the way you want it written.
Send the book with a self-addressed, postage-paid mailer to
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Templeton P.O. Box 1913
Templeton, CA 93465
.Include your email address and Bill will email you when the book has been shipped back.
Captain Gig is delighted with what folks are saying:
"Nobody in kids' TV packed more fun, enchantment, wackiness and creativity into their shows than Bill Jackson. . . .This book is the ultimate companion to our treasured memories of B. J. and his gang." -- Jim Engel, Cartoonist and Children's Television Historian
"The book was amazing." - Harry Sikma
"I finished your book last night. It was simply terrific. . . . As much as I treasure the memories of your shows, those memories are that much richer now for having read the book. -- Kevin Anetsberger
"He does a brilliant job in his writings by not pulling any punches in describing some devastating setbacks and nose-diving defeats that he had to overcome. Ultimately, Jackson prevailed ... creating some of the most innovative children's television in America." -- Tom Ward, Pop Culture Contributor.
"It was a wonderful read. I truly enjoyed it, every word. The prose style was easy to read. I loved the fact that you wrote like you spoke on the show. . . . Sure glad I read it." -- Rick Cleveringa
... ... "He relates his story with humorous candor and meticulous attention to detail. And throughout, he celebrates his love of imagination and creativity. -- Ted Okuda, co-author of The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television
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I want to thank the wonderful people who have emailed me about how much they enjoyed reading Kid Show - My World of Imagination. -- Bill Jackson
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