Radio: You've Got to Believe

Burr Tillstrom's first solid job was with a WPA-supported puppet show. "It was terrific," he recalls. "We played everywhere—hospitals, old people's homes, orphanages." But the stirring days faded in 1937. Two years later, Tillstrom was working as a salesclerk when RCA put on a television demonstration in his store. "That did it. The moment I saw TV, I knew it was the one medium made expressly for puppets."

Every weekday evening (7 p.m., NBC-TV), Tillstrom's Kukla, Fran & Ollie brilliantly proves the rightness of his conviction. But in finding success, 32-year-old Tillstrom has lost...

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