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The finale of THE WALLACE AND LADMO SHOW.


via KPHO, where Wallace and Ladmo aired for 36 years…

Before he was Wallace, he was Bill Thompson.  He was born in New York City on Dec 18, 1931, the son of William and Marie Thompson and the eldest of three brothers…

In first grade, Bill was a gingerbread man in the school’s production of “Hansel and Gretel.” His mother told him he was the best gingerbread man in the show. He believed her. As a result, many elementary, high school and college plays followed over the years.”I never knew my lines and never hit my spot on stage, but I always managed to get a laugh and easily won the title of class clown form sixth grade on.”

In 1952, Thompson married Donna Cope, headed west to Arizona and had three kids: Carrie, Annie and Tony…

In January, 1954, KPHO hired him for two jobs. He began creating a character called Wallace Snead and appeared on “The Goldust Charlie Show.” In January, 1955, “It’s Wallace?” premiered, a kid’s cartoon show. After a few months of going solo, Bill decided he needed a partner. In January, 1956, Lad joined him…

In the summer of 1956, the Wallace Watchers Fan Club was created.Through the 1960’s, the show kept evolving. On June 15, 1970, the program officially became “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.”On April 3, 1974, the show celebrated it’s 20th anniversary.Through the 1970’s, Bill and the cast won Emmy’s for their productions.On Dec. 29, 1989, the show went off the air. Bill spent his later years going to the movies and entertaining his grandchildren. He died on July 23, 2014 at age 82.

Rest in peace, Wallboy.

I lost my childhood yesterday. Rest in peace Wall-Boy, you were a prince among men.