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I recall this marionette very well. I was born 1941, and our first family TV was an RCA purchased in 1947 or '48. I believe I first saw this on CBS or Dumont (best guess). The reason this character is so firmly implanted in my mind is that he reminded me at the time of the Jazz musicians my cabdriver father would talk about in New York City's Harlem and 57th street clubs. Sometimes he would allow me to ride in the DeSoto cab on late night week-ends so I could meet the musicians I so admired. His voice still echos in my mind - sort of Brooklyn/Bronx and deep throated.