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Accession Number 2013.043
Catalog Number 2013.043.21
Object Name Ornament, holiday
Description Holiday Ornament, House ornament, homemade dough. Yellow house with white accents, red bushes.

The House with the Magic Window broadcast on ABC affiliate WOI-TV in Ames, Iowa from 1951 to 1994. With a run of 43 years, it was the longest running children's television program in American history. For all but the first three years of the show, it was hosted by Betty Lou Varnum, a pioneer in central-Iowa broadcasting.

"Betty Lou and the House with the Magic Window," as the show was later titled, was a children's show aimed at kindergarten and preschoolers that took place in the Magic Forest. Betty Lou and her special friends, "Gregory Lion" (a perpetually 4-year-old lion), "Catrina Crocodile" (a witch who had changed herself into a beautiful crocodile) and "Dusty the Unicorn" (more formally known as "Stardust Glimmer", who was 3000 years old - young for a unicorn), would chat with visitors, teach a clever craft, and watch wholesome cartoons such as "Felix the Cat" and "Tales of the Riverbank," a Canadian live-action short about "Hammy the Hamster", "Roderick the Rat" and friends. Although targeted for young children, "The Magic Window" would become a favorite of children of all ages as generations grew up with Betty Lou.

Betty Lou Varnum (born Betty Lou McVay in Chicago, Illinois on May 3, 1931). In 1959, McVay married James (Red) Varnum, also an employee at WOI-TV.

Wikipedia.org accessed 25 June 2014
Source Kari Ellis
Received Date 7-29-2013