Jack Mulqueen was born of Irish Catholic parents on the South Side of Chicago. John Mulqueen, father, was born in Kilrush Clare, Ireland. Marie, mother, (maiden name Calaghan) was born also on the South Side of Chicago near the steel mills. His father worked most of his life as a lab technician for the swift meat company and was known for his work in curing hams. However, Jack was always attracted to show business and loved movies. At every opportunity he would be entertaining the family, his sister, Maryann, friends and neighbors. His father soon realized Jack was one ham he couldnt cure.
By the time he reached High School, Chicago Vocational on the South Side, he was active in the glee club, school band, school paper, and produced and wrote a series of plays for the students. He got his first taste of TV, appearing on TV with fellow high school students from around Chicago interviewing Ross Hunter, producer of films that starred Doris Day and other stars. In college he had his own radio show weekly and produced a children TV special on WTHI, Terre Haute, IN, along with his fellow students.
During the Korean War, the Army gave him the opportunity to broadcast his own show with fellow army pal, Herb Wills, a magician; A kid show three days a week on KKTV in Colorado Springs. After the Army, he appeared on WTTW-TV every Monday for a half-hour show, working his puppets and sponsored by the Chicago Park District. In the 50s and early 60s he made guest appearances, sponsored by Coca-Cola on WGN-TV with his wife as Pandora, producing kid commercials. This exposure launched them into their own show on April 13, 1963. The Mulqueens and Mulqueens' Kiddie-a-Go-Go ran for eight years over WGN-TV, WLS-TV, and WCIU-TV.
It covers all of the great kiddie programs we loved while growing up in ChicagoLand in the 50's and 60's.
Having grown up in Chicago during this era, I was unable to put down this book, and was astonished as to how many wonderful memories it brought back.
Bozo's Circus, Ray Rayner and Friends, and so many other great shows allowed kids to be entertained, to learn, and to free up our imaginations.
Lots of great childhood memories here. WGN TV in particular, was a staple of my childhood experience. This book is a charming remembrance of a simpler, more innocent time. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Michael
I would not presume to write an actual review here. I just wanted to say that this book does meet my expectations. I expected to want even more and I was right. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary Jones
The best information and book about Chicagoland television....especially Ray Rayner and Bill Jackson!Published 7 months ago by Michael J Kozenczak SR
Not perfect but a stroll down early tv memory lane.
Some folks were left out and others maybe given more prominence than needed - but it was written by a Chicagoan!
This book is an outstanding reminder of how lucky us Baby Boomer's were to live in the Chicagoland area, and to have these shows available to us. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by PHILLY
This book covers more than Bozo, Gar, and Ray. It covers all of the great kiddie programs we loved while growing up in ChicagoLand in the 50's and 60's. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by The Baroness
I bought this for my hubby. He didn't put it down for a week. He kept reading and re=reading about all of the tv show from our youth. it was great.Published on October 20, 2008 by macs mom
This book was a joyful journey back to the days of the tv I grew up on in Chicago. There were so many fun shows geared towards us kids that woke us up, thrilled us at lunch and... Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by L. Niemiec
I bought 4 of these books to give to my brothers for Christmas. They range in age from 45-60 and they love it. There are memories in it for all of them. Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by Deborah L. Sopher