Re: Captain Fortune, Skipper Sedley and other fifties SF TV03/20/10
posted by John Martini
"Captain Fortune" was actually artist Peter Abenheim, who started the show around 1950. I worked with his son Don as a park ranger in the 1970s.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the show: "A local artist named Peter Abenheim (actually an immigrant from England) played the host, at first named "Cap'n Pete"; he told tall tales of his seafaring exploits, illustrated by his own drawings. The show opened with children running to gather around the barrel inhabited by "Short John O'Copper," a hand-puppet pirate who sang (in Irish pirate brogue) the "Who's that knocking?" song. By the mid-'50s, "Cap'n Pete" had become "Captain Fortune," but Short John kept his name and sidekick role. <ref: Tim Hollis, "Hi There, Boys and Girls!: America's Local Children's TV Shows" (Univ. of Mississippi Press) >
(BTW, thanks for including the footnote Wikipedia! )