- The fictional Ohio hometown of cute, old storyteller Uncle Charley Weaver (Cliff Arguette) who appeared on a number of radio & television programs in
the 1950s and 1960s.
During his comedy program HOBBY LOBBY/ABC/1959-60 Charley Weaver
would tell folksy stories about his rural hometown (population 308)
and the hobbies of such inhabitants as Grandpa Ogg and Grandma Ogg,
Byran Ogg, Goo Goo Schultz, Gomar Cool, Widow Darby, Grandma Heise
(the richest woman in town), Clara Kimball Moots, Elsie Krack,
Wallace Swine, and the twins Fred and Gladys Swine, Grandpa Snider,
Dr. Beemish, Melvin and Leonard Box, Ludlow Bean, Birdie Rodd, Joe
Cutter and Irma Clodd.
An earlier version of the Charley Weaver character first appeared
on a comedy entitled "Uncle charley" on the anthology DRAMA AT
Uncle Charley Weaver, who sported a mustache, squashed hat, and
glasses, continued to spin yarns about his hometown of Mount Idy
when he appeared on DO IT YOURSELF/NBC/1955 (Fix-It Show); THE RCA
VICTOR SHOW/NBC/1951-54 (anthology); THE ROY ROGERS & DALE EVANS
SHOW/ABC/1962 (Musical Variety); THE JACK PAAR SHOW/NBC/1957-62
(Late Night Talk Show); the nighttime version of HOLLYWOOD
SQUARES/NBC/1968 (Quiz Show); and THE JONATHAN WINTERS
SHOW/CBS/1967-69 (Comedy Variety).
Cliff Arquette (who was born in Toledo, Ohio) once reported that
his Charley Weaver character was inspired by a friend of his mother,
who wrote letters from Mount Ida, Arkansas which were lovingly read
to her whole family.
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