Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, August 29, 2002


Page 18



Recant, You Blackguard!




Our attorneys have instructed that we run the following letter.



RESPONSE: Alas, Willy is right. I apologize to him.

Willy the Wolf was not a character in Bob Clampett’s puppet show, “Time for Beany.

Beany was on the air from 1950-55, for 15 minutes, five nights a week, live (first on Channel 5, in later years on Channel 11). For awhile, he also had a 30-minute show on Saturdays. Following his success as a local personality (with his show piped down to San Diego for airing on KFOB), he became a network star of the 1960s, in cartoon form.

Indeed, I can identify with that show; the good guys’ nemesis was the villain “DJ”—in their case, the initials standing for “Dishonest John.”

Willy, the Shakespearean canid, was also created by Clampett. His voice was supplied by Walker Edmiston, who later recalled:

“William Shakespeare Wolf: he was a kind of a John Carridine, Hans Conreid, John Barrimore type of character, always trying to mislead the poor harmless type of creatures. And he always lost, somehow.”

His weekly show was on Channel 11—which also aired Clampett’s “Thunderbolt the Wondercolt” and “Buffalo Billy.”

Thunderbolt (a horse with super-equine powers) had a 15-minute show each night at 6. He shared the half-hour with reruns of “Ramar of the Jungle.” Since Ramar was a 30-minute show, it meant chopping the episode in half, airing each half on a successive evening. The first segment had the full opening; the next night, there was an abbreviated opening.

Buffalo Billy was on in the early afternoon, following Sheriff John’s “Lunch Brigade.”

Now, just in case you thought the letter appearing above was really penned by Willy the Wolf, I’d better let you know that it wasn’t. I was sued once by the Superior Court’s presiding judge for “false personation” in connection with a memo I authored which I parodically attributed to him. He lost. But, to play it safe—even though I suspect the real Willy the Wolf does possess more of a sense of humor and intelligence than the plaintiff in that action—I acknowledge that the foregoing letter was not authored by a wolf.

Actually, it was written by a female coyote who is engaged in a meretricious relationship with Willy.


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