We gave it a B
Say, kids! What time is it? It’s Howdy Doody nostalgia time! Time for this recap of those innocent days by Howdy’s indefatigable sidekick, Buffalo Bob Smith. Buffalo Bob buffs will enjoy the Howdy and Me: Buffalo Bob’s Own Story‘s highly polished memories of the show, but more demanding fans will want to consult the unvarnished story in Stephen Davis’ 1987 Say Kids. Davis supplies several tidbits Buffalo has overlooked-in particular, the voracious sexual appetite of Princess Summer — fall Winterspring (Judy Tyler), whose offscreen behavior was something less than wholesome, and the near disaster created by the Buff’s firing of the first Clarabell, Bob Keeshan (later Captain Kangaroo). For that matter, parts of the Howdy story can also be found in Keeshan’s 1989 Growing Up Happy, an exceptionally fine book of advice for parents and children. But back to Bob and Howdy. If it’s the glory days of Doodyville you’re after, this is your book.