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    A Complete "Winky Dink" show - from the 1950s!!!

    Ray Glasser

    by Ray Glasser

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    By request!! "Winky Dink and You" was the pioneer in interactive programming, and ran for 4 seasons (1953-57) on CBS. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static electricity. Crayons were used to draw on the screen. When a character needed special help, children would be asked to draw on the screen, give assistance and free the character from trouble. If a character needed to cross a river with no bridge, the viewer would draw a line so a crossing could be made and escape trouble. Host Jack Barry (who would later become famous in the 1950s quiz show scandals), emphasized inviting a friend over to watch the program; sharing in the drawing of assistance was also important. Everyone watched and helped Winky Dink in his adventures and had fun. This is a very early professional Beta pre-recorded tape, from the late 70s, and has a bit of flicker, which I just can't eliminate.