On Sunday, my article about Kukla, Fran and Ollie mentioned that in 1986, the show's creator Burr Tillistrom was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame, unfortunately a year after he passed away.
Here are a couple of related things of interest. First, a long and eloquent tribute of Tillstrom on the TV Academy's official page that originally appeared in the program the night of his induction. It's a detailed and interesting history of how Kukla, Fran and Ollie came about, which you can read here.
Best of all, though, is a video of the induction itself. Alas, it doesn't include the film clip montage of the show that preceded the presentation, but it has pretty much the rest. And all the better, it's hosted by Jim Henson, and there to accept -- briefly but emotionally, affectionately and sweetly -- is Fran Allison.
Also unfortunately, I'm not able to embed it on these pages, but you can watch it here on the TV Academy's site.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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