In 1960, he was introduced to the puppeteer Burr Tillstrom, whose puppet show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie
, had aired on television throughout most of the 1950s.
During the 1949-1950 FCC color television hearings, RCA had proven that its system was compatible with older television: one day there was not enough time after the hearing screenings for the NBC crew to get their black-and-white cameras into position to broadcast the daily puppet show, Burr Tilstrum's Kukla, Fran and Ollie
He was a pioneer in television in the 1930s with his puppet and marionette-based show Kukla, Fran and Ollie
at Chicago's first station, WBKB.
Kukla, Fran and Ollie Classic TV puppet stars (and their human
Kukla, Fran and Ollie First deals expected to include plush,
Kukla, Fran and Ollie Ita Golzman, King Features Syndicate
But who knew that its true influences include New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber and the TV puppet show Kukla, Fran and Ollie
-- Martin Tahse, president of New Kid Home Video, is a man with a mission: convincing the world that Kukla, Fran and Ollie are not just for kids.
"Kukla, Fran and Ollie is not a kiddie show," he said.
20, Kukla, Fran and Ollie came to video for the first time ever.