10 Oct 2013,
[Page created 17 May 2001; converted 17 Apr 2013
original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
[was at "home.att.net/~Berliner-Ultrasonics/foodini.html"]
S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"
[consultation is on a fee basis]
Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher
- The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996;
they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything. Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed,
mostly by hand. See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.
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Most of the photos are GONE! Joanne was kind enough to send some again.
The links seem to have died, as well!
Rather than risk plagiarism, I'll refer you to YesterdayLand's Lucky Pup page, with a fair writeup on the original CBS-TV Lucky Pup show ca. '48-'51, on which Foodini (a hand puppet) was a bungling "evil" magician with an even-more-inept assistant, Pinhead.
Something doesn't tally there, though, because they give a Release History on CBS as 8/23/48 - 6/23/51 and yet state the Lucky Pup show folded after one season! They then state that the cast resumed on ABC-TV under the title "Foodini the Great".
That's not what I remember, but as a teen, only the Pinhead and Foodini bit would have meant anything to me.
However, as a public service (to show just how great-hearted I am), here are Doris Brown (sorry; who?) with Lucky Pup (I do remember him after all!) and Jolo, the clown (only marginally familiar):
Actually, it seems that the program was renamed "FOODINI THE GREAT" in 1951 because Foodini became more popular than Lucky Pup (which certainly doesn't surprise me).
Pinhead and Foodini were hand puppets (NOT stringed marionettes) and acted in the grand and ancient Punch and Judy tradition, with lots of screaming, food flinging, and mock (?) violence.
YesterdayLand focuses on children's television; I'm more interested in the great art of the writers of Pinhead and Foodini and the characterizations of puppeteers Hope and Morey Bunin, respectively.
Oh, there's nothing he can't do,
Oh, there's nothing he can't do,
He's the one and only Foo---dini!
To which Foodini replied, with his customary modesty:
Some day I'll even fly to mars.
A man of strength, and brains, and force:
I'm speaking of myself, of course.
So, I'm running this up the flagpole to see who salutes.
Hey, I never thought of this before; Foodini is modeled on Jaffar (played most-evilly by Conrad Veidt), the evil Prime Minister in Alexander Korda's 1940 classic, The Thief of Bagdad (with Sabu as the Abu, the thief)!
And then Abu tricks the Djinn into going back into the bottle
(by pretending he doesn't believe the Djinn fit in the bottle or could get back in)
so he can get his three wishes!
Stupidly, his first wish is for a plate of sausages and he gets them.}
Here is a classical image of the wacky pair from Joanne at katmandu2001, from her Yahoo! Foodini club:
"FOzdini" ("FoodOzzi"?) and "MAGIC CHEF"!
(Could that be Doris Brown?)
Because of my love of pipe organs and Foodini, someone sent me this image, which I at first assumed was the great prestidigitator, himself, but it's some character or other¹ on Sesame Street:
1 - As a matter of fact, that's Count von Count, a.k.a. "the Count",
a vampire based on Bela Lugosi's brilliant Count Dracula characterization. (10 Oct 2013)
If you are into chats and rooms and groups and rings and clubs and such (I'm not), try the Foodini Club on Yahoo!, as noted above.
There are also tapes of 1951 shows available (one as a segment added to a Paul Winchell/Jerry Mahoney show sequence) from MoviesUnlimited.com and eBay, as well as 8x10 glossies. There were also Foodini comic books, novelties, and games and they are most definitely collectibles now.
Googling "Foodini" images on April 1st, 2008, reminded me that my sister and I shared (fought over?) a game board on which a 4-5" composition figure of Foodini spun magnetically and pointed a stick or wand (toothpick, later) at a fortune (or some such). Does anyone remember (or have) such a game today?
There's a band using the name "Foodini" and a ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat meals line and restaurant chain (from Chevron, of all things! - and which may have folded), etc.
Early kiddy TV shows are featured on TV Party's Lost New York New York City Local Kids Shows.
Here's a question for you, from a 56-year-old who remembers the show, even saw the Bunin Pupets perform live somewhere, and still has a 78 recording of "Foodini's Trip To The Moon", barely playable (and is looking for a clean copy): "What ever became of the puppets? Do they still exist? Are they in a museum?" O.K., Foodini-fan(atic)s; any answers?
See also my so-called Fun Page and my Culture Page, as well as my outdated Pooh Page.
If you are into such, see also the section on my Tractors page re that great series in the '40s Saturday Evening Post about Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor Co..
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