'Howdy Doody' Writer Edward Kean Dies at 85

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'Howdy Doody' Writer Edward Kean Dies at 85

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"Edward Kean, the head writer and creative force behind "The Howdy Doody Show," has died of complications from emphysema, the Los Angeles Times reported today. He was 85.

In addition to scripting the episodes of the landmark NBC children's program that aired through the 1950s, Kean wrote the "It's Howdy Doody Time" theme song and came up with the word "cowabunga" as a greeting used by an Indian chief character." ...

... "Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television" called the show "lively, nonsensical and pretending to no educational value, which was wildly appealing to children. It was to become the symbolic show of the first generation nurtured on television." ...