Ask AP: ‘Winky Dink and You’

Celebrity Q&A
on March 10, 2011

Do you recall a kid’s program in the mid-1950s called Winky Dink and You?
—Jane Kerr, Manteca, Calif.

This art-themed children’s series aired Saturday mornings on CBS from 1953 to 1957 with Jack Barry as host. It’s considered the first interactive TV show via a “magic drawing screen,” a clear piece of vinyl plastic that adhered to the front of the television. For 50 cents, kids could buy a Winky Dink Magic Kit so they could assist Winky Dink and his dog, Woofer, on their adventures. Using special crayons, youngsters could connect dots shown in various scenes and draw life-saving props for the wide-eyed cartoon boy. 

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