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October 7, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I spent a lot of birthdays with John Rovick, who passed away Saturday at the age of 93, although only a few of them were mine. There was a birthday party every day on "Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade," the Los Angeles kids' show Rovick hosted on KTTV for 17 years (alongside another show, "Sheriff John's Cartoon Time," he hosted for 18), which is to say there were birthday wishes read out to young viewers by name, there was a cake, which never got eaten, and there was a song. That song, which begins "Put another candle on my birthday cake" and ends "I'm another year old today" -- in between there was "pie and sandwiches and chocolate ice cream, too" -- is one of the few things in this world I know by heart.
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October 7, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I spent a lot of birthdays with John Rovick, who passed away Saturday at the age of 93, although only a few of them were mine. There was a birthday party every day on "Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade," the Los Angeles kids' show Rovick hosted on KTTV for 17 years (alongside another show, "Sheriff John's Cartoon Time," he hosted for 18), which is to say there were birthday wishes read out to young viewers by name, there was a cake, which never got eaten, and there was a song. That song, which begins "Put another candle on my birthday cake" and ends "I'm another year old today" -- in between there was "pie and sandwiches and chocolate ice cream, too" -- is one of the few things in this world I know by heart.
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October 7, 2012 | Dennis McLellan, Special to The Times
"Sheriff" John Rovick, the beloved Los Angeles children's TV show host whose gentle, fatherly persona made him a welcome guest in homes throughout the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday morning. He was 93. Rovick died in his sleep at a nursing facility in Boise, Idaho, said his wife, Jacqueline. A Toledo, Ohio, native who launched his broadcasting career in radio, Rovick was a newly hired staff announcer at KTTV-TV (Channel 11) when the Los Angeles station first went on the air in 1949.
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October 7, 2012 | Dennis McLellan, Special to The Times
"Sheriff" John Rovick, the beloved Los Angeles children's TV show host whose gentle, fatherly persona made him a welcome guest in homes throughout the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday morning. He was 93. Rovick died in his sleep at a nursing facility in Boise, Idaho, said his wife, Jacqueline. A Toledo, Ohio, native who launched his broadcasting career in radio, Rovick was a newly hired staff announcer at KTTV-TV (Channel 11) when the Los Angeles station first went on the air in 1949.
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August 22, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
For Southern Californians who grew up watching television in the 1950s and '60s, the death of "Engineer Bill" Stulla last week at age 97 sparked memories of another beloved Los Angeles children's TV-show icon: "Sheriff John" Rovick. A staff announcer for KTTV-TV Channel 11 when the station first went on the air in 1949, Rovick began portraying the badge- and khaki-uniform wearing Sheriff in 1952 as the host of "Cartoon Time," a live, late-afternoon show that won an Emmy Award in 1953 for outstanding children's program.
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January 9, 1998 | NONA YATES
Who Else Has a Star? Bob Keeshan, Captain Kangaroo Pee-wee Herman, Paul Reubens' alter-ego Big Bird Fran Allison of Kukla, Fran and Ollie Shari Lewis, creator of puppets Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy Some Who Don't John Rovick; Sheriff John told youngsters to "put another candle on your birthday cake" Nancy Claster, Miss Nancy of "Romper Room" Bill Stulla; Engineer Bill promoted obeying rules with his Red Light / Green Light game Salley Baker; Hobo Kelly drew 300,000 letters a year.
OPINION
October 11, 2012
Re "L.A. children's television host in 1950s, '60s," Obituary, Oct. 7 As a child of the 1950s, while my parents worried about the communist living next door, I shared my lunch with the late "Sheriff" John Rovick. Afternoons were divided between playing "Red Light, Green Light" with Engineer Bill; trying to make my own puppet to resemble Webster Webfoot, which sat on the lap of Jimmy Weldon; and the battle for my attention between "Skipper Frank" Herman on "Cartoon Carousel" and Tom Hatten with his "squiggles.
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February 15, 1989
Robert W. Breckner, a veteran radio and television executive who was one of the handful of men who helped sign on television station KTTV in Los Angeles in 1948, has died of cancer. Breckner, who was credited with creating the old "Divorce Court" series on Channel 11 and helping develop such TV personalities as George Putnam, (Sheriff) John Rovick and Bill Welsh was 68 when he died at his Brentwood home on Sunday. A member of Adm. William F.
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July 3, 1992 | RIP RENSE
Where have all the great L.A. kiddie show hosts gone? Well, boys and girls, here are some answers: Sheriff John (Rovick): Retired, living in Provo, Utah. Now has many candles on his birthday cake. Skipper Frank (Herman): This kind, revered-by-peers gentleman lives in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Still does shows for schools, despite near total deafness brought on by chemotherapy while fighting (and defeating) cancer in the mid-'70s.
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August 15, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
William "Engineer Bill" Stulla, an early Los Angeles children's television show host who inspired a generation of Southern California baby boomers to drink their milk with his signature "Red Light, Green Light" game, has died. He was 97. Stulla died in his sleep Tuesday evening at his longtime home in Westlake Village, his daughter, Kathryn Stulla Mackensen, said Thursday. As the genial host of "Cartoon Express," which ran weekdays at 6:30 p.m.
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August 22, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
For Southern Californians who grew up watching television in the 1950s and '60s, the death of "Engineer Bill" Stulla last week at age 97 sparked memories of another beloved Los Angeles children's TV-show icon: "Sheriff John" Rovick. A staff announcer for KTTV-TV Channel 11 when the station first went on the air in 1949, Rovick began portraying the badge- and khaki-uniform wearing Sheriff in 1952 as the host of "Cartoon Time," a live, late-afternoon show that won an Emmy Award in 1953 for outstanding children's program.
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August 16, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
William Stulla, a man I only ever knew as "Engineer Bill," died Tuesday at the estimable age of 97. Some of my first memories of television, which is to say, some of my first memories of life, are of his show, which KHJ (now KCAL) ran weeknights at dinner time from 1954 to 1966. Perhaps because of his age, which was relatively advanced even then, or perhaps just because of his horn-rimmed glasses, he seemed the most eminent of the local kids-show hosts, the boss in my mind of a complement that also included Chucko the Birthday Clown (Charles M. Runyon)
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May 17, 2002 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Red light, green light." For baby boomers who grew up watching Los Angeles television in the 1950s and '60s, those words are enough to spur a mad dash to the fridge for a glass of milk. For the uninitiated, "red light, green light" was the signature viewer-participation, milk-drinking game of a children's television pioneer: Engineer Bill--the alter ego of veteran broadcaster Bill Stulla, who did more to get Southern California children to drink their milk than Nestle's Quik, Bosco or Ovaltine.
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