Did you grow up with Cowboy Bob, Janie, and Sammy Terry? If so, you probably were a child of the ’60s and ’70s in Indiana. I remember all three vividly.
Here’s Cowboy Bob as I remember him, although I have to say he looks awfully young! Cowboy Bob, aka Bob Glaze, had a show on WTTV from 1970 through 1989, and I spent many a fond afternoon watching him in the “Chuckwagon Corral.” He had a dog named Tumbleweed, a … umm, biscuit named Sourdough the Singing Biscuit, and he said things like If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
It seems like once my sister and I went to see Cowboy Bob live somewhere – how exciting that must have been!
Another TV fixture was Janie, who had a WTTV children’s show featuring a bunch of puppets. And no, contrary to an apparently-popular myth: Cowboy Bob and Janie were not married.
And rounding out the WTTV trio was Sammy Terry. Sammy Terry was usually too scary for me, and it was usually on too late, but I remember viewing it when I spent the night at friend’s houses. Sammy Terry (which I read is a play on “cemetery” – ha, never put that together!) was a creepy ghoul with an even creepier laugh, who introduced various scary short movies. The show always seemed to feature fog rising from the ground, and Sammy sitting up inside a coffin, and I found it frightening in the extreme.
Cowboy Bob Update
Bob Glaze/Cowboy Bob, born in 1942, passed away September 16, 2016, in Morgantown, Indiana, of a possible heart attack. He will be missed by a generation of children who loved watching him on his show.