I was 6. October 26th, 1970. My mom and dad drove me to Anniston to appear on The Cousin Cliff Show.
Cousin Cliff was a comedian, magician and tv host who was very popular in North central Alabama. He wore a red jacket and a black tophat.
Sort of like the Howdy Doody Show, Cousin Cliff would have a studio filled with children who he would entertain with magic tricks and terribly old cartoons.
As a birthday guest I was situated on the front row and given a special hat. There were two other birthday guests that day and we anxiously awaited the time we would be presented a gift and birthday cake.
When the big moment arrived they took the three birthday guests behind a table where we would blow out the candles and listen as the other kids sang the birthday song. It was probably “Happy Birthday to You” but this was before the two little old ladies who wrote the song started demanding royalties.
I don’t remember whether it was during a commercial break or live on the air but as I nervously moved behind the table my right arm went straight into a little girl’s birthday cake. I think it must have been on the air because my neighbors who had gathered around their tv set were laughing about it when I got back home.
I must have totally destroyed the cake because the producers of the show ended up giving the little girl my cake and I had to take home the one with the armprint across the top. What I wouldn’t give for a copy of that show but this was long before VCRs came along. I doubt the station even kept copies of the show.
I remember after the show taking a gift certificate the station gave me to a local department store and trading it in for an Indian head dress and drum. We never did use the other gift certificate for dry cleaning (though it would have come in handy for my dress shirt).
20 years later I was sitting in the same studio anchoring the evening news for the station in Anniston.
Anyone else have a child tv show memory to share?