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Hoover the Hound Returns


In mid- December 2006, I got an email from Mr. David Erskine from Fort Worth. Here is what the email said:

"Hello Paul, David Erskine here in Fort Worth. I've done ventriloquism more than 50 years and was in middle school when Channel 11 signed on. "Hey, Bud, what are ya' looking at?" While I was in high school your dad was doing Hoover Hound and I loved to watch them around noon time. Your dad spoke to our Arlington Heights drama group, like at a Christmas banquet, at the KEY on Montgomery Street. I asked him about Hoover and he said the station had Hoover built by a company in Chicago, to his measurements, and he said his arm was short and that was job insurance for doing the character.  While I was in college, at TWC, I appeared on Channel 11 several times when they had a morning show that Joy Garrett hosted. And other shows. The one I liked most being on was Slam Bang Theater. One day at a break I asked your dad about Hoover and how was he doing. When we finished the show he said to come with him. He took me to the back of the studio where props and sets were kept in a chicken wire enclosure. He went in and brought out Hoover and said he would like for me to have him, but to not use him in this local market.  I've provided Hoover a good home and always enjoy looking at him, but never used him as I thought I would when I was talking with your dad.  Will you be in the Fort Worth area soon? I would like for you to have Hoover because I'm sure he would love to travel with you when you talk about the good old days."

Well, I called him the next day.  We had a great conversation about his memories of Dad and his influence on him. He sent me Hoover a few days later. Hoover now has a new home next to Dad's hat, wig and coat!  I am grateful to Mr. Erskine for taking such good care of this valuable artifact from the early KTVT era. This is the only item that has surfaced from the early Slam Bang Theater/KTVT era. Thank you so much, David!!!!

Hoover in 1958

Hoover today


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Paul Camfield   *  (830) 377-4943  *  phc1957@gmail.com


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