Fans pay tribute to longtime KPHO kids' show host
PHOENIX (CBS5) "Anaboliset Aineet" Fans and cast members "Anabolika Definition" paid tribute Monday night to the host of one of the longest running, daily, locally produced children television shows in American broadcasting.Bill Thompson was 82 when he died July 23.The public service was held at the Harkins Cine Capri Theatre in the Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, at the intersection of Loop 101 and Loop 202.The tribute featured special appearances, performances, Wallace and Ladmo memorabilia and show clips of Thompson greatest work."Wallace holds a special place in the hearts of Arizonans, and it is a great honor to celebrate the life Comprar Levitra of my dear friend Wallboy," "Oxandrolone Powder India" said Dan Harkins, owner and chief executive officer of Harkins Theatres and a lifetime friend of Thompson. "He was like a second father to me, and his support was vital in Harkins Theatres early years."The theater will be taking donations in Wallace honor on behalf of the Banner Health Foundation for Cardon Children Hospital and the Arizona Humane Society.Legions of fans remember Thompson as Wallace Snead from the Wallace and Ladmo show that aired on KPHO TV for 36 years.[SLIDESHOW: Historical Testosterone Enanthate Cycle Length photos from the show]"You know, it absolutely amazing," said former Valley TV weathercaster Dewey Hopper. "You can mention his name to anybody that been in this area any length of time, and they know who he is and what it all about. He amazing."Film director Steven Spielberg grew up watching the show. It inspired him to write a letter to the show longtime director, Sharon Kelley, in December 1997."Your show inspired me, made me laugh, made me think and even raised my level of expectations whenever I looked around at things that could make me laugh," Spielberg wrote in part.Wallace and Ladmo started in 1954, in black and white, with Thompson, who at thattime was the KPHO art director and studio floor director. Tren H 100 Cycle Wallace volunteered and so began the show.He soon talked his friend Ladimir Kwiatkowski, a KPHO camera operator, into joining him as a "sidekick." Ladimir name was shortened to "Ladmo," and The Wallace and Ladmo Show was born.The two performed various comic sketches in between cartoons, with Ladmo often locking thecamera and running around in front of the camera to perform the various bits.A few years later, Channel 5 hired a young weatherman named Pat McMahon. McMahon, who grew up in a vaudeville family, often watched Wallace and Ladmo from the sidelines and was astounded at the stunts these two performed.Soon Wallace enlisted McMahon help, and the trio was complete."The show was this unique property that lasted for 36 years, unheard in television, with the same cast," said McMahon, who reflected on Thompson death. "Even after all this time, it has remained such a solid landmark with everybody."Lucky contest winners would be invited Winstrol W Tabletkach Cykl to appear on the show to receive a Ladmo Bag, which became a Holy Grail to Arizona kids.Guest appearances through the years included a "4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone Ireland" young Steven Spielberg (who grew up watching the show and would make occasional visits with his latest amateur 16 mm film); Jack Benny, Muhammed Ali, Steve Allen, Rex Allen, Dale Robertson, Lorne Green, Don Rickles, Red Skelton, George Carlin, The Monkees, Mel Torme, Mel Blanc, Waylon Jennings, Alice Cooper and many others.The show won numerous regional Emmys and a host of other broadcasting honors. The cast and crew referred to it as a "mini Woodstock."