Bless Their Howdy Doody Hearts

LIFE 5/1/1950

Freckled marionette Howdy Doody was kind of a big deal at the onset of the 50s, so it was no surprise that LIFE magazine hosted a lookalike contest.

Wondering what galluses were? A pair of suspenders. Nobody says that now.

Poor kids. Surely George Ford grew into those ears. I imagine he never lived this article down. Pity.

The winner was five year old Billy Oltmann (Old Man at this point). Cute as a button in his bandana and western wear!

Time to celebrate his big win with Hostess Twinkies!