In honor of this special occasion I'd
like to answer a question posed by
original Dell Rat Jerre Slaybaugh.
That's a real memory flogger, Jerre, or maybe I should say "frogger."
The catch-phrase was actually "Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!" and it was uttered by Andy Devine, host of the kids' television series Andy's Gang (1955 to 1960).
As I'm sure Jerre remembers, those famous words
were used to summon Froggy the Gremlin, the little
green mischief maker who appeared in a puff of
smoke exclaiming "Hiya Kids! Hiya! Hiya! Hiya!"
I hadn't thought about Froggy in eons, Jerre.
Thanks for reminding me. I watched Andy's Gang
regularly and before long begged my parents
to buy me a Froggy the Gremlin toy.
Apparently mom and dad couldn't find the official
Froggy the Gremlin for me, but they located a
reasonable facsimile at a store in Hanover.
It was a large, brightly colored rubber frog
that squeaked, sold primarily as a dog toy.
I loved Froggy. He became my constant
companion and my best friend.
Then came that dreadful day...
It was the day Mommy took Froggy away
from me, insisting I was, in her words,
"too old to play with dolls."
I'll never forget how she stormed into my room
and ripped Froggy from my arms as I lay in bed
in the fetal position, quivering, whimpering and
sucking my thumb... making my 39th birthday
the saddest and most traumatic day of my life.
Six Degrees of Andy Devine
Remember Andy Devine in the role of "Jingles,"
Guy Madison's sidekick on the western series
Wild Bill Hickok? I never missed that either.
Continuing our game of Six Degrees,
remember Guy Madison in
The Beast of Hollow Mountain?
Thanks for sending in your question,
Jerre, and for being a faithful follower of
Shady Dell Music & Memories from day one.
Thank you all very much for
allowing me to entertain you
over the course of 500 posts.
I am very grateful for your
friendship and support!