Throughout my childhood, Major Mudd appeared on WNAC-TV, Channel 7, in Boston.
"The Major Mudd Show" starring Major Mudd and His Gang was on television after school, and many kids dreamed of appearing on the show. If I remember correctly, my sister was lucky enough to appear on the show some time around 1967 or 1968.
Ed McDonnell,who portrayed the Major throughout the show's run, was known as a charitable man who made many appearances and helped many people.
Later in life, McDonnell required medical attention that he was unable to afford. A benefit was held, money was raised, and McDonnell became the recipient of charity he so generously gave in the past. He needed a kidney transplant, which he did not ultimately receive, but he was honored by those who cared.
In the Summer of 1967, I was featured in a public service announcement for Summerthing, recorded at the WNAC-TV studios in Kenmore Square. I was very happy when the studio we used housed the set for the Major Mudd Show (although the set did not appear int he commercial). It was glorious to be on that set. I asked the technicians if Major Mudd was around, and they all laughed. I didn't get to meet the Major that night, and never did.
I'd love to hear from people who have memories of Major Mudd.