Monday, January 7, 2008

Ward Allen and Albert the Alley Cat


In 1968, the National Association of Program Executives named the TV6 team of Ward Allen and Albert the Alley Cat the No.1 weather show in the country. I loved how Allen could draw the coolest looking directional arrows on his weather map...so I drew one in (with a mouse) on the above photo. Thanks Ward. I still practice drawing your arrows.
Albert the Alley Cat, and his twin brother, Filbert, was the voice and hand of puppeteer, hipster and late night horror host, Jack Du Blon. In the pre-cable TV era, from the brilliant retro movie programming of channel 18 to the sheer manic talent at channel 6, Milwaukee was television paradise. More on Jack Du Blon in a later post.

12 comments:

Richard said...

being close to 50 yrs old ( you decide which side ) we decided to look thru some Wi. history and remember the channel 6 weather it was alot of fun to watch Ward and Albert. I hope there are many more of you out there that have the same fond memories of a time gone by.

Anonymous said...

Such memories...as a young child at Thorson Elementary in Cedarburg, i remember the special visit from Ward Allen and Albert! That was 34 years ago!

Anonymous said...

If you know of any video clips, it would be great to so it.

Anonymous said...

I was pretty unhappy when they dropped the Ward and Albert team because Paul Joseph made comments about it being less than proffesional to have a puppet involved with the weather forecast.
Does anyone know where ward and Barbara Becker are now?
Kevin

Anonymous said...

I remember way back in the early 60's,watching Albert chat with the news and sports guy.At one point,Albert made a comment that was bleeped,but the guys were laughing so hard that they could not continue with their duties. I have an idea what Albert said(it involved a photo of a female cat),and remember laughing right along with the crew.

Anonymous said...

Ward lives a peacefull and private life in a small Dodge County town.

Anonymous said...

Every time I see Tom Skilling on WGN I think back to his days in Milwaukee trying to be serious opposite Albert. I bumped into him at a fundraiser about 15 years ago and mentioned Albert. He was not to happy to talk about it!

Mango Man said...

My family moved from San Francisco to Southern Wisconsin in the fall of 1970 and I felt that I had been dumped on the dark side of the moon. Then I discovered the six and ten o'clock news from Milwaukee. I thought that Ward Allen and Albert were just brilliant!!! I do truly miss the days before blue-screen technology when weathermen actually had to draw (!!!) the symbols on a dry erase board. Albert is a memory I will always hold dear. It amazed me that viewers actually hand made hats and sweaters for that puppet. Good times!!!

Anonymous said...

Always loved Albert the Alley Cat. Although I haven't lived in Wisconsin for 30 years and no one else can appreciate it, I still proudly display a "statute" from one of the local Milwaukee plaster shops of Albert that I hand painted. Never fails to make me smile -- I can still hear Albert.

Mango Man said...

I remember Albert with wonderfully fond memories. He made the weather report fun. Especially the "humidiree".

Kim Kardian said...

I remember Ward and Albert coming to my school, Walker Grade School,West Allis when I was a third grader. Wow, 49 yrs ago. If I had my stuff together I would have been a meteorologist by now. I so wanted to do weather, so I will play the female card. How tomes have changed. We need weather people like Ward to be out there now!

Anonymous said...

Albert was a great idea. I also miss Spunky the weather dog. These fun friends can gain the interest of both children and adults making them dedicated viewers. I hope we see some more fun friends in the future. They make us smile and laugh. They relieve stress and are simply good for us:)