Letters from Sandy's fans...

Robert Brandon:

The show was extremely good as a solo effort, and rather witty. The kids in our school (Norwalk, Ct.) made frequent allusions to it. We had this old-fashioned principal from England who was tall and thin and had a slow, deliberate manner of speech and movement. He was very condescending and would turn his head and open his eyes wide as he spoke, in mock amazement. His whole act came unravelled when it became widely recognized that Mr. ____ looked like Norton Nork!

It was good to see Hambone again. No one could have brought such a character to life unless he really had some Hambone in him.

Glen Palmer:

Thank you for presenting your page on the great Sandy Becker. He filled many of this person's weekday afternoons with happy images and memories. You might mention that Sandy also played the title role in radio's "Young Dr. Malone" series early in his acting career.

G. M. Cummings:

I also remember that Sandy would often feature animal visitors from the Massapequa Zoo. He was truly a special person, to have a gift for loving animals as well as children.

Steve Gabriel:

Congratulations on this noble undertaking. How many of us tri-state baby boomers with the etched memories of Sandy and WNEW (not to mention WPIX) have you heard from? It is a shame the films of his shows were either reused or destroyed.

Christopher Lyons:

I don't think I saw the earliest shows; I probably mainly remember the last year or three. I seem to remember it in color; do I have that wrong? I saw a clip of Hambone on a tribute to the old Channel 5, and it was in black & white. Also, I remember the show being rather frightening--which I liked. Of course, my age may have had something to do with this, but I was kind of scared of Hambone, and I think my parents had some doubts about letting me watch. There were some nightmares, and my younger siblings and I would sometimes pretend Hambone was following us, when my parents had us out for a drive. I knew Sinister Simon was kind of goofy, but he scared me too--that laugh! Do you remember one cliffhanger ending, where he had this tiny kid perched on top of a manual typewriter, and was making him dance by pounding away on the keys? I also remember a monster called The Blob, who floated through outer space, and this other space monster, whose name I forget (the second one had a deep scary voice, and I think he attacked a model of a Lunar Lander on the Moon, one time). I remember a lot of cliffhangers--but I can't remember any of the resolutions! One time, Sandy and this kid were in space suits, and the Blob was floating in the distance, and they said (to us, the audience) that they were going to try and fight him. They had rayguns (toys with red lightbulbs in them, if I recall correctly). I don't really remember the puppets that well--Norton Nork kind of rings a bell, but not really. One thing I remember for sure--this was no Sesame Street! Maybe my memory makes it better than it really was, but I don't think Ernie Kovacs had anything to teach Sandy Becker about Surrealism. Sure wish I could see these shows again, but I bet a lot of the shows I remember were those later ones that weren't even taped.

David Victor:

Thank you for bringing back a cherished part of my childhood. I remember all the Sandy Becker characters so well. It had been well over 30 years since I heard "That Happy Feeling" (I never knew that song had a name!). As soon as I read your website and heard that song (and "Danke Schoen") I immediately ordered the Bert Kaempfert CD. Now my own 6 and 9 year-olds want to hear those songs over and over and hear about the show. I remember that on 108th Street in Forest Hills, near where my family and I lived, there was a shoe store named "Becker's," and I always begged my mother to take me in there to meet Sandy. She just couldn't convince me that it was not his store and that there actually was another Becker in the world!. It was not until I was about 8 that I figured this out for myself. Thank you for providing Mrs. Becker's e-mail address. I dropped her a line and was very honored to her back from her right away. Thanks again for honoring a wonderful, funny and extremely talented man, and also for bringing back some great memories.

Bernard S. Greenberg:

The TV oeuvre of the late and much beloved Sandy Becker was a staple of my young life, and it is a pleasure to be led by the Search Engines to your site...

I have something to contribute:

Fascinated then and now by the uniquely Dadaist character Hambone (I wrote down his wisdom, such as it was, every day), I was a very few years later dumbstruck when I encountered a photo in National Geographic of what appeared to be someone imitating him. The Governor-General of Australia, at that time, in full regalia for some ceremony, sported a pith helmet with fancy plumes, thick glasses, and a long ceremonial military coat with sash and epaulets....

I would bet my bottom dollar that Becker was inspired by a photo of this man.

(Webmaster's Note: The picture in question is from the April 1962 issue; hopefully it will go on line if National Geographic will permit it. I think Hambone goes back to at least 1957-- based on the blooper reel mentioned elsewhere on this site-- so there was no influence from that particular photo, at any rate. But it's an amazing coincidence; the Governor-General (of New Zealand, as it turns out) looks like Hambone's Dad! Thanks for the discovery, Bernard!)

Mrs. Becker has received quite a bit of e-mail from Sandy's fans and has offered to share a selection of them. They are a great testimony to Sandy's positive influence and are also a source of further information on his shows. Thanks to everyone!