CLICK HERE for more photos from the 70s by Dave Jordano. Dave is a 1966 grad of Kimball HS and his wife a 1969 of Lamphere. They met over 40 years ago at what was then called the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts.
Harry Jarkey was a Detroit TV host in the late 1950s and an entertainer
at venues like the the Roostertail and Elmwood Casino in Windsor. He was a summer fixture at the Wenona Beach Casino in Bay City, MI for nearly 30 years. He retired in 1975 and moved to Palm Desert CA. Below is an interview with him at his home conducted on Feb 6, 2010 by Michael Collins,
a former Detroit newsanchor and videotaped by me, Eileen.
Harry was 97 years young on that day,
and was thrilled that we came to talk to him about his long career.
He was one of the sweetest men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing
Walk through Ed Golick’s front door and you’ll go back in time to the days when kids ate lunch with Soupy, dreamed of being friends with Bozo the Clown, and listened for their name during roll call on “Romper Room.” He lovingly describes his vast collection of books, photos, files, props, and tchotchkes as “the Bettman Archive of Detroit TV.” His role, once described by Time magazine as “Detroit’s TV expert,” is an inadvertent but treasured one.
Anyone who grew up in metro Detroit remembers Bozo the Clown, portrayed by the multi-talented Art Cervi, who later became the producer of the highly successful Swingin' Time dance show starring Robin Seymour. Herb Mentzer, a former radio personality at an assortment of stations around Detroit, has been working on writing about Art's career for some time. If all goes as planned, his book will be available online during the week of June 9th at www.Lulu.com, and, eventually, in bookstores (he hopes). Dozens of photos will be included in the book, as well as plenty of memories and some real surprises about the alter ego of Bozo. Watch for details in the July issue of the Detroit Memories Newsletter!
Michigan's TV Emmy nominations were announced, including several for the team of former Detroit News TV writer Tim Kiska, who was nominated along with Michael Collins, Scott Kemp and Ed Golick for Best Historical Documentary and for Best Writer (Collins, Kiska and Golick) for "Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television," which aired in December on WTVS Detroit Public TV.
The Emmys will be handed out on Saturday, June 14th at the MotorCity Casino Sound Board. The documentary features a dazzling number of vintage clips, including our beloved Soupy Sales and also a 14-year old Ursula Walker singing on live TV, plus some 1959 Sagebrush Shorty 16mm kinescope footage discovered by Golick at an estate sale. Read more from The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140516/ENT09/305160065#ixzz328ZfvvoU
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Soupy Sales. Johnny Ginger. Auntie Dee. Sonny Elliot.
Robin Seymour. Bill Bonds. The list of characters who entered our living rooms through Detroit television is long and colorful.
This one-hour documentary examines local TV from the late 1940s to the 1990s. Highlights include rare footage with an amazing vocal performance by 14-year-old Ursula Walker, who today is a Detroit jazz legend; profiles of Soupy Sales, Sonny Elliot, Bill Kennedy and other local celebrities; the story behind one of the longest-running TV series in America, Detroit’s American Black Journal; recollections from Mitch Ryder and others, and much more.
"Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit TV" was produced by Michael Collins, Ed Golick, Bill Kubota and Tim Kiska. WATCH THE TRAILER: