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The book about Bill's career in TV!

    Kid Show - My World of Imagination -- Bill Jackson, 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.





BooFrom his career's surprising beginning to its inevitable end , Bill, known as B. J., creates some of the most compelling puppets in the history of children’s TV, including such favorites as smoke-billowing Dirty Dragon, prissy Wally and wacky Weird, and the quite exuberant Mother Plumtree.  And, yes, there was non-puppet Blob -- that 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 recorded in Chicago where his imaginative scripts, cartooning, puppetry, and production delighted his audiences and inspired creativity perhaps more than any other kid show on the screen.

      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.

It's a great gift...for you and your friends.

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I never charge for autographs, and I'm honored when you want one.   Since I do not stock or ship the books, you would need to mail the book to me 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 of your choosing to

The Fun Company

Templeton P.O. Box 1913

Templeton, CA 93465

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Captain Gig wants you to know what folks are saying:

"Nobody in kids' TV packed more fun, enchantment, wackiness and creativity into their shows than Bill Jackson.  You can add hipness to that list, too, which is why folks like me watched way beyond their kid-hood.  Chicago had arguably the best  kid shows in the country, and Jackson's shows were inarguably the best of the best.  This book is the ultimate companion to our treasured memories of B. J. and his gang." --   Jim Engel, Cartoonist and Children's Television Historian


"I finished your book last night.  It was simply terrific.  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the inside look at the glamorous life of a television personality! ...  As much as I treasure the memories of your shows, those memories are that much richer now for having read the book.  Thank you." -- Kevin Anetsberger


"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. With a Cowabunga or a Good Grief or two. It was like spending some time with an old friend hearing stories. Just like when you and Dirty headed down the road past Gurneyville. The last page was sad. I did not want it to end. Sure glad I read it." -- Rick Cleveringa


"Kid Show: My World of Imagination continues the journey that award-winning and beloved kid show host Bill Jackson (Cartoon Town, The BJ and Dirty Dragon Show, Gigglesnort Hotel) began with his wonderful memoir The Only Kid on the Carnival: An Extraordinary Childhood (2008).  Bill’s artistic talent extends to the written page, as he deftly uses words to paint vivid mental pictures, conjuring you-are-there images of the people and places that impacted him personally and professionally.   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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