London - Tall, slender children's show host with dark hair
and a soft spoken manner who starred on THE GENE LONDON SHOW in the
Philadelphia area on WCAU-TV Channel 10 from 1959 to 1977.
programs began with Gene London opening the door of his General
Store and flipping the sign to read "Open for Business." As the kids
passed by Gene, he palmed the tops of their heads and sang the
opening theme song.
Once inside the General Store, Gene told stories
and used a large drawing pad to illustrate key scenes and characters
from the tales ("Let's pretend that it's story time and I'll tell a
tale to you. I'll tell you a story of make-believe and all your
dreams will come true. And when the story's over and when we reach
the end, we'll live happily ever after - Where? - In the land of
Originally called GENE LONDON'S CARTOONS & STUFF,
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF GENE LONDON, and CARTOON CORNERS, the format
for THE GENE LONDON SHOW changed over the years.
At first Gene
worked for a general store that was located next to a confetti
factory. His boss was Mr. Dibley, a.k.a. "Old Dibble-Puss" (who paid
Gene 8 ½ and a half cents per week) and Gene had a crush on his
employer's daughter, Debbie Dibley.
Later the program shifted to the
haunted Quigley mansion located next door (the mansion's exterior
establishing shot was just a painting) with stories and plots
centering around ghosts, UFO, aliens.
Cartoon Corners Theme Song
Come right into the General Store
We have licorice, gumdrops and sourballs,
Anything you're hankering for
You'll find in Cartoon Corners General Store.
There's lots of stories and songs that you know
Toys to build and a big pot belly stove
Something else I've forgotten, let's see
Of course, Gene London, that's me!
When his show was cancelled,
Gene moved to New York City and became involved in the fashion
industry as a dress designer. Until 2001 Gene operated a retro
clothes shop called 'Gene London: The Fan Club' on Manhattan's West
Earlier in life, Gene London (born Eugene Yulish in
Cleveland) aspired to be a Disney artist. An imaginative child, Gene
recalled "Alone in my room when all the other kids were playing
ball, I'd tell myself the story, acting out all the parts, including
Snow White standing by the side of the well singing, `I'm Wishing'."
On his show, Gene often showcased Disney cartoons and movies.
early career includes stints as a camp counselor in the Pocono
Mountains where he taught puppetry; occasional work on NBC-TV's HI
MOM! hosted by ventriloquist Shari Lewis; a cast member on the
puppet show JOHNNY JUPITER; and a puppeteer on ABC-TV's TINKER'S
WORKSHOP starring Bob Keeshan (a.k.a. Captain Kangaroo) and a number
of holiday-themed specials for THE TODAY SHOW on NBC with Dave
In later years, Gene served as a Hollywood and Broadway
fashion consultant and spokesman for the Mikimoto brand of jewelry.
As a hobby, Gene had collected costumes worn by movie celebrities
(some 60,000 gowns, dresses and fashion accessories).
In July of
2002, at the age of 71, Gene exhibited more than 50 pieces of his
Hollywood gown collection at "Gene London Presents: Hollywood
Glamour" at Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
On May 17, 2003,
he once again displayed his gowns at the 80th anniversary
celebration of the Old Academy Players in East Falls, PA. The
exhibit included a deep red dress with plunging neckline and
fur-trimmed sleeves worn by Philadelphia-bred actress Grace Kelly
(a.k.a. "Princess Grace of Monaco") in the Oscar winning film
Country Girl (1954).
You can contact Gene London at
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