Friends Wayne and Pat and I hustled down to Detroit to catch the Diego Rivera / Frida Kahlo exhibition before it closes in mid-July. An ancillary gallery had puppetry, including Howdy Doody and Punch & Judy. A truly fun day in mid-town Detroit. Howdy Doody is an American children's television program (with circus and Western frontier themes) that was telecast on the NBC network in the United States from December 27, 1947 until September 24, 1960. It was a pioneer in children's television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. One of the first television series produced at NBC in Rockefeller Center, in Studio 3A, it was also a pioneer in early color production as NBC (at the time owned by TV maker RCA) used the show in part to sell color television sets in the 1950s.