“Back in my days in Oxnard CA I used to come to Reedley CA to pick grapes. In the Afternoon I would get cleaned up and wait for the Uncle Woody Show. We had frozen Kool-Aid Pops and wait for the Three Stooges and Popeye on KBAK Channel 29 in Bakersfield CA. I used to tell my mom when she picked me up to stop at the Uncle Woody Toy shop because he always give away good toys. Every summer I always looked forward to the Uncle Woody Show. I was 12 years old when I started watching him, now I am 51 years old and I am working for him.”‘
Both from mornings when I was little, and when I was older. He would laugh and say that between my Breyer horses and her Madame Alexander dolls, we were keeping the store open! It’s great to find this page. I really miss Woody.
Wel I remember the Uncle Woody show, because I was on that show and I remember winning a bunch of games and toys for saying ” Smile God Loves You ” at the end of the show. I had a great time and wish Uncle Woody was still here in Bakersfield. I wish I could see a picture of me on that show. Do you plan to run archives if there are any? Sincerely, Lisa E.
Howdy, I lived next door to you on Evelyn Drive from around 1965-68. Was friends with your daughters (graduated from high school with Pam). Came across your website today and my mind came rushing with memories. I remember being over at you house with a babysitter and your daughters making popcorn and catching the kitchen on fire. I remember thinking I was the luckiest kid in the world to have the Circus Wagon parked in the driveway next to me. I remember being on the show hogging up screen time by singing both the Weinerschnizel and Shakey’s jingles. I remember visiting Toy Circus every weekend and pouring over every shelf. Here is a photo of the game room of my house to give you some idea of your influence: Until coming across your website I hadn’t realized what a major influence all of this had on my life. After I graduated from West High, I moved to Los Angeles and eventually became a talent agent for film and Broadway composers. I also became an obsessive collector of toys, games and pop culture Americana. A year ago I made a documentary feature about my life and adventures with my son called FINDING KRAFTLAND. It is now playing at film festivals all over the world. the website is www.findingkraftland.com Thanks for letting me share all of this with you. You were a very positive influence in my life. Hope all is well with you, Richard Kraft Richard Kraft Kraft-Engel Management
It’s remarkable how much of my life has been shaped by The Uncle Woody Show. I was on your show several times as a kid. I was part of your Clown College for the Bakersfield Christmas parade. In fact, I got into trouble at school because I wanted to be a clown more than I wanted to march with my Jr. High school band. Because of my participation with your sho w, I chose broadcasting as my career and my first TV job was for KBAK TV right across the street from the Toy Circus, and I had the pleasure of directing your TV commercials. Heck, my ex-wife even worked for you during one Christmas season. I currently direct videos for Kern County Government Television and I work on my own independent film and video projects. It’s safe to say that the Uncle Woody Show helped to make me who I am today. Thanks for the memories. Michael Bell Producer/Director KGOV
Hi Woody, Here is a picture of my son, Gene, in the arms of Chester the clown (aka: his uncle Steve Hanson) It was very hot that day and I remember the makeup running down Steves face Thanks for the memories Jenny
My brothers and I would camp in front of the television screen to see the Uncle Woody Show when ever we could. Cartoons like Speed Racer and Popeye and all the rest you just can’t find cartoons like that anymore, and the things we did to be like the Three Stooges, well we survived. The games and the riddles were great too. We thought Uncle Woody was so goofy, little did we know how important it was for him to be goofy
Those were the days, long summer days, sipping on slurpees, riding our bikes over hill and dale and watching Uncle Woody and Chester the clown and all the characters he had on the show. Not to mention the games, the riddles and the tricks played on “Uncle Woodsy” . We just didn’t know how good we had it.