Manny P. here…
If you lived in Southern California in the 1960s, you and / or your children might remember Sheriff John. He appeared on KTTV, from 1952 to 1970, on two separate series: Sheriff John’s Lunch Brigade and Sheriff John’s Cartoon Time. The host was played by the wonderful John Rovick.
Sheriff John began each program entering his office, singing Laugh and Be Happy; a polka themed melody. He then said the Pledge of Allegiance, read a safety bulletin, and showed cartoons. He also offered life lessons about public decorum, traffic rules, and good health habits. The show’s highlight was the birthday celebration. Each day, Sheriff John announced lots of viewers names, and then brought out a cake while crooning the Birthday Party Polka (Put Another Candle on My Birthday Cake).
Rovick served as a radio operator-gunner in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, surviving 50 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations. Following the war, he became a radio announcer, moving to television in its early days. He won an Emmy Award in 1952. In 1979, Rovick reprised his role as Sheriff John on KTTV, briefly hosting a Sunday morning version of the television series. He retired in 1981.
John Rovick was 93. Children of all ages in Southern California mourn his loss, while fondly remembering a gentler time eating lunch and watching Sheriff John.
Until next time> “never forget”