Penny Drive Memories

I grew up watching his shows.  I remember the Penny march, the Duncan Yo-Yo contest, (my  brother was champion there a lot) and of course the famous Hully Gully.    I played that with my son when he was younger, and I've played it with nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.    I'm trying to remember, but didn't he show some of the "Our Gang, little rascals" clips on there, too?

--Toni Reed

I remember the Buckskin Bill Show like it was yesterday. I was surprised when I went elsewhere in the state that other people were not aware of the show. My favorites were the Monday Morning March ( I can still hear the tune in my head.) and Along Came Jones.

--Brian, New Roads

Even though I live in Michigan, I grew up in Mississippi and watched The Buckskin Bill Show every weekday. Before I started school I watched the show at 9 a.m and the 3:30 p.m. show. The Monday Morning March was a fun way to start the week. As I watched the program, it felt as though Buckskin was actually talking with you.

I enjoyed all of the cartoons (Popeye, Bugs Bunny, etc) and the Flash Gordon show. The show also featured a nice variety of entertainment too. The different bands and groups. I remember Eddie Floyd doing Knock on Wood on the show.

The biggest memory was when Buckskin would come to our small town, Gloster MS, and take part in the Christmas parade. He was there just about every year. As he arrived at the school, he got to hang out with my parents. My mom and dad both worked at the school. That was so cool! --Carl

I don't know how long ago you posted the wonderful story of Buckskin Bill, but I'm glad to have found it.

I was lucky enough to have moved to Baton Rouge in 1965 at the age of 5, living there until 1973.  Of all the wonderful memories from those few precious years, one of the best is of Buckskin Bill and Senor Puppet.  I was one of those Cub Scouts who had the priviledge of being on his show, there to dump a jar full of pennies into the giant safe to help purchase Penny the elephant.  The impression of the television studio was so great on me, that it was the career path chosen, in which I've now worked for the  past 20 years.

Unaware of all the great things Mr Black did for people, I'm filled with great joy to hear of it all.  Thanks so much for having your nice piece about him there on the web - I'm glad to have chosen today to "Google" him up. --Steve Paradiso, Portland MI

I wish to thank WAFB for the article on your website on Buckskin Bill Black. Without a doubt, the biggest thrill my sisters and I could ever have was when we would see our artwork displayed for just a few seconds on television on Storyland.  The excitement overwhelmed us.  My favorite cartoon character was Popeye, and I could always count on Buckskin Bill to show either a favorite Popeye cartoon or a Looney Tunes.  Of course, we knew all of the Little Rascals episodes.  From Senor Puppet to What'sYourName, puppets were always a favorite as well.  The puppet skits aired to Ray Stevens music (though at the time I had no idea who Ray Stevens was) were always entertaining.  I still long to find a copy of Ray Stevens' version of Love Lifted Me which I only ever heard on Storyland.  My memories of Buckskin Bill are cherished.  In fact, he once autographed my Popeye the Sailor puppet, and though his signature has long since faded away, thirty-plus years later it is still a cherished memento.  Thank you for letting me share my memories.--Randy Bullock

What I remember most about this amazing man is he always said............"you're never completely dressed until you put on a smile,"and the Monday Morning March. GREAT MEMORIES!--Jamie

I remember the great cartoons like Popeye and the Flash Gordon series, too.  My favorite song, other than the Monday Morning March (I used to have my own twirling baton, so I could march along.) was Hello Mudda, Hello Fudda with the puppet.--Kathy Blankenship

I learned many things from Buckskin Bill. Every Monday I would get my baton join the Monday Morning March. I did what he did all around the living room.  I remember seeing the kids stand in line on his afternoon show to put in their pennies in the safe.

I wanted to go and put my pennies in, so one day my mom drove my sisters and me to the studio. I was so excited!

When we got to the studio  there was a long line of kids standing in line outside. When I finally got to put my pennies in the box, I waved to the camera. That was such a thrill for me to be on Buckskin Bill Show.--Margaret

I'm now 42 years old and watched Buckskin Bill every morning as a young child. What I remember most about Buckskin Bill were the little Coke bottles.

He used to say, 'Hully gully! How many?' Senor Puppet used to be in the background on the barrel bouncing and guessing.

One of many things a remember about Buckskin Bill.--Annette Smith, Houma, Louisiana

I can contribute so many important parts of my childhood to Buckskin Bill. I adored marching music because of the Monday Morning March. My grandfather bought me a Sousa Marches album and I about wore that record out. I eventually took up drums and marched in the high school band. I knew I was never completely dressed until I put on a smile.

I loved to read books and was an interesting story teller to my own daughters thanks to Buckskin's animated versions of the Gingerbread Man etc..I wish I'd had that hauntingly beautiful background violin music he had to add the special effects. I believed there really was an "Upside Down Land". I was so excited when he tracked Santa and called the North Pole.

I ate those apples like Monkey Mugs suggested, to keep the Dr away. I liked to play Hully Gully with pennies. I had a Senor Puppet at home and got it all tangled up first day I got it.

He was the best babysitter a mother could have. Our moms didn't have to worry about anything wrong being taught to us, only the best of advice and fun.

In the mid 60's my sister was a go-go dancer on the show Swingsville USA on WAFB. It was filmed right by Buckskin's cabin set. My other sisters would sneak in there and write in the birthday book.  I was horrified, like it was sacrilegious to touch any of Buckskin's things!

I never got to be on the show. My 2 chances were messed up. My Brownie troop was going to be on the show and I caught the flu! And when I did little backyard carnivals for Muscular Dystrophy, my Mom was a charter member of the MDA chapter. We collected the monies from those efforts, so, I just had to hand the money to my Mom.... I spent my pennies too fast on toys to save any for the penny walk thing to buy an elephant.

Fortunately, Mr Black is a customer of ours at our appliance parts store and I even got him to sign a Monkey Mugs I had( He said it wasn't like the one on the show.), but it was closest I could find toa monkey holding a banana. He is a real nice man. I was a sickly child with lots of surgery, but Buckskin entertained me for years and got me through many a painful day. He was my afternoon after school pal, until my Dad got home from his teaching job and my Mom came home later. -- Joan McMorris