Television: The Amateurs

Larry Mueller, a research engineer at the Burroughs business machines company in Detroit, has a puppet at home named Mickey. His friend John Mayer, general manager of a small Detroit electronics firm, has a three-year-old son named David. Their homes are some miles apart, but on certain completely unpredictable emergency evenings, only Mickey can make David agree to go to bed. On those evenings, John Mayer takes his son down to the basement, turns on his ham TV equipment and tunes in Mickey. Before long the puppet has persuaded the kid to hit the sack.

Mueller was among the first,...

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