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His Name Was Mudd Around Here

Posted by Jim Botticelli  August 20, 2013 11:05 PM

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His name was Mudd but he was mad popular as a local TV personality with a grasp on the times. In real life the guy was known as Ed McDonnell, but when he got dressed up in his space suit and got into the Channel 7 studios, then called WNAC, Major Mudd emerged from behind the McDonnell mask, and hosted perhaps thee most successful show the Kenmore Square based channel ever created. Premiering in 1961, The Major Mudd Show was a major cash-in on the nation's space program shortly after JFK announced Destination Moon and a futuristic outlook began to take shape. Whatever happened to that future anyway? At first, the program showcased Three Stooges episodes and cartoons. By 1963 kids were brought in, the Stooges and cartoons were cut back, and live fun and games became part of the show. The Major Mudd Show would earn top ratings well into the 1970's, and is fondly remembered by Boomers and beyond from Dirty Old Boston. Thanks Major. We'll be blasting you.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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