Howdy Doody was an integral part of my life for more than 30 years.

I am 84. I remember. Those still alive going back 3 generations would also recall. Five days a week at 5.

The Howdy Doody Show! An American children’s program. First show December 27, 1947. Ran till September 24, 1960.

Howdy Doody was the puppet star. His name derived from an introduction phrase used in early western U.S. A corruption of “How do you do?” The Westerners, “Howdy doody, howdy do.”

Bob Smith was the live guy. He created and hosted the show. Known on the show as”Buffalo Bob.” Named after his home town Buffalo.

Now to put the show into perspective.

It was an immediate hit! Young and old alike. I started watching the show when in the seventh grade. Rarely missed a show. Enjoyed it through high school and college. Had to skip law school. No time. Too much studying.

I would be remiss if I failed to point out how we watched Howdy Doody in college. Each floor of my dorm had a game room. A couple of pool tables, easy chairs and a TV set. Everyone showed up at 5 to watch Howdy Doody.

America’s future leaders!

There was a Peanut Gallery. Forty young kids sat on bleachers during the show. They sang Howdy Doody at the beginning of each show. Sung to the tune of “Ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay.”

We all sang it along with the Peanut Gallery: “It’s Howdy Doody Time, / It’s Howdy Doody Time / Bob Smith and Howdy, too. / Say Howdy do to you. / Let’s give a rousing cheer /  ‘Cause Howdy Doody’s here. / It’s time to start the show / So kids, lets go!”

Today became Howdy Doody day for the blog because the last day of the show was on this day in 1960.

Stopped first last night at the Side Bar and Tattoo’s. Looking for David. No David.

Went around the corner to Aqua for Dueling Bartenders. My lesbian wife Terri White was guest performer. Soon after arriving, my other lesbian wife Donna showed up. She is still in a full leg brace and walking with a cane. Her forehead bruise gone. The cut almost healed.

Terri was unusually good. As was Rick Dery.

Mary in attendance. I had not seen her in more than a month. We had dinner together afterwards at La Trattoria.

Duval was dead. The way Key West is in september. Except for one year as JustSaying reminded me this morning. Not 2017. I forgot Irma on Septembr 10.

Opium poppy farming in Afghanistan remains a successful business. I have written to the issue many times over the years. I do so because something stinks in Afghanistan. Big bucks being made in a country that has been devastated by war since 2001.

The U.S. went to war in Afghanistan in 2001.Ninety percent of the world’s heroin gets its start in Afghanistan. Most of which ends up on our streets in the U.S. Addiction and deaths big time.

In  a war which has killed hundreds of thousands, the poppy farms are never touched. The war lords and farmers working their fields prosper in safety.

Hard to understand. Someone has to be on the take.

The U.S. has spent $1.5 million a day fighting the problem.

What I am about to report is no reflection on Trump. The opium problem has existed since 2001. Trump has only been in office 2 years. However, the best 2 years for Afghanistan’s poppy growing have been the last 2.

Perhaps the lucrativeness of opium production has kept the war going 19 years.

Some things I find difficult to understand.

Trump recently deployed more military to Saudi Arabia. Following the bombing.

Why? Our military does not belong in Saudi Arabia. There is no legitimate reason to be there. The U.S. has no agreement with the Saudis that any attack on them would be considered an attack on the U.S. The bombing killed no American military or citizens. No U.S. property was damaged. The Saudis have their own planes missiles.

Trump is befriending in the wrong way. War is war. If actual fighting should occur, we will be involved. By sending U.S. troops, Trump is looking for war. He may find it.

Trump says the U.S. troops are to assist the United Arab Emirates, also.

A further example of Trump looking for trouble occurred within a short time following the deployment of the troops. Trump announced he had sanctioned the Central Bank of Iran. Iran’s sovereign bank. The sanction “cut off” Iran’s bank from the U.S. banking system.

That which ye seek, ye shall find. Look for war and you will find it.

This Trump/Biden/Ukraine fiasco a disgrace. Trump accusing Biden and his son of wrongdoing where more than one investigation has determined no wrongdoing occurred.

Trump now calling Biden “corrupt.” The pot calling the kettle black. The man is sick!

America wake up!

Greta Thunberg. I worry about this young lady. She speaks truth. All over the world. Yesterday, she addressed the U.N.

Greta is only 16. She speaks with emotion re climate change. Her face flushed red constantly. Her words honest.

However, I fear for her health. Her sanity. She is carrying a heavy load. She has been pulled out of school, being used for political propaganda, being exploited. Note, child exploitation.

Where will Greta be 10 years from now when she is 26? Normal, a basket case, a woman with grave emotional problems?

She is being misused.

Tonight my blog talk radio show. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Much to discuss. Actually rant and rave about. Join me at 9 my time. I guarantee you a fast moving and interesting half hour.

Enjoy your day!



  1. My Dear Lou… you forgot to mention Clarabelle the Clown… a Howdy Doody staple.

    You’re also missing a piece of the Saudi thing. We have had our military workings with the Saudis for over 33 years. I know this for certain as I was sent to Saudi (USAF) to work with their military. Further, our agreements are for several bases to be used in emergency situations… i.e. “Gulf 1” and “Gulf 2” wars. Those agreements were in place before the wars and agreements continue today.

    I do agree with you that Trumpski is mishandling this big time. He “walks stickly and carries a big soft”

    Kokomo Man

  2. We need to worry about Greta Thunberg. Right wingers, often called conservatives because they like being called that, including FOX news are openly attacking her and not in any kind of nice way. After all, she’s making a pretty good case against the ‘right’s’ fight for doom and gloom 100% of the time on the subject. If you can’t beat them with science, attack them with hate – sure seems to be the message.

  3. Foreign bases are abstractly fascinating. To be an empire you used to have to hold territory. Now hegemony is pegged to ability to project power which has changed rapidly with technology. To be an empire now, you just need enough space for a plane to take off. I think it’s called pointillist imperialism.

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