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TV Iowans Grew Up On

Starting in the 1950s, it became popular for local television stations to produce their own programs to accompany children's cartoon shows. In Iowa, these programs were hosted by space commanders, river boat captains, clowns, puppets and even a doctor. Some of the shows lasted well into the 1990s. During this period, Iowans faithfully tuned in to watch children's television programs like Dr. Max and Mombo, Betty Lou and her Magic Window, The Floppy Show and many more. These locally-produced broadcasts taught important educational concepts, entertained and enthralled young viewers across the state.

TV Iowans Grew Up On is a nostalgic look back at these programs and the impact they had on young Iowans.

On the Web site, watch video clips from the program and share your favorite memories of these beloved shows.

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Canyon Kid | TV Iowans Grew Up On | Preview Clip

posted on March 1, 2010

Canyon Kid | TV Iowans Grew Up On | Preview Clip
For over 30 years, in the Sioux City area, Jim Henry reigned as the star of Canyon Kid’s Kartoon Karnival. 03:24 Play Video

Captain Ernie’s Showboat | TV Iowans Grew Up On | Preview Clip

posted on March 1, 2010

Captain Ernie’s Showboat | TV Iowans Grew Up On | Preview Clip
From 1965 to 1974, Captain Ernie's Showboat was the afternoon escape for children living in the Quad Cities area. 03:27 Play Video

Dr. Max & Mombo | TV Iowans Grew Up On | Preview Clip

posted on March 1, 2010

Dr. Max & Mombo | TV Iowans Grew Up On | Preview Clip
In the Cedar Rapids/Waterloo area, Dr. Max and Mombo ruled the airwaves as the most beloved children’s TV show in the area. For 20 years, young eastern Iowans tuned in to see the cheerful antics of Dr. Max and his sidekick Mombo as they introduced... 03:25 Play Video

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