On December 1, 1999, Sid and Marty Krofft had a seminar at the Museum of Television
and Radio www.mtr.org in
Beverly Hills, CA.
First, I apologize for not putting up information about this event, earlier. I had hoped to get John McIndoe on the panel of guests and announce it then ... but that ended up not happening, and then I ran short on time... :-(
But, I digress. The panel of guests included Sid and Marty Krofft (of course), Billie Hayes (Witchiepoo, Weenie the Genie), Johnny Whitaker (Sigmund and the Sea Monsters), Ruth Buzzi (The Lost Saucer) and Fred Willard (D.C. Follies); and was moderated by Steve Bell (Vice Prsident and Director of the MT&R).
Things began with a montage of various Krofft clips, opening with the full theme song to H.R. Pufnstuf, plus assorted clips from the show; followed by a clip from the Bugaloos, and the first stanza to "The Senses of Our World". The rest of the montage included clips from Land of the Lost, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Lidsville and The Lost Saucer. It was certainly something to watch the Bugaloos on a screen that was 8 feet tall. :-)
The seminar itself ran for 90 minutes, and was warm and entertaining. Sid and Marty were so funny, that one audience member suggested they take that act on the road!! The rest of the guests were equally as entertaining ... the group told us stories of their beginnings in Show Business (did you know Sid once worked with Judy Garland?), stories of their childhood, and reminisced about the shows we all know and love. They also tossed three Krofft beanies into the crowd (2 Sigmunds and 1 Pufnstuf).
Bugaloos information gleaned from this seminar included plans for a Bugaloos Feature Film, following H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost films, which are also in the works.
We were also told the sad news that many years ago, the Kroffts dumped the majority of their old props. As Marty put it, "We got tired of lugging the Voom-Broom (from Pufnstuf) around". Sadly, this probably means that the majority of props and costumes from the Bugaloos are probably long gone. Alternatively, Marty did tell me that some Bugaloos original artwork is probably still around, and I will see about contacting him about them, as soon as I can find the time.
Last, but far from least, the Kroffts have put together a website!! Their new official site is at:
Unfortunately, the Museum did not allow photography or "electronic recording devices". I'm pretty sure they had someone videotape it, but I've no idea if/when it will be made available.
After the seminar, the Kroffts were set up at a table in the lobby to sign autographs. They gave away five different Krofft postcards, as well as a Pufnstuf button:
Pufnstuf postcard (29k)
Sigmund postcard (42k)
Honk postcard (27k)
Mother Wheels postcard (27k)
Pufnstuf Button (27k)
Also, please note that the text included with each postcard was typed in verbatim off the postcard, meaning that any typos you see ... are theirs. :-)