This is the sixth in a series of articles about those oddball socks whose mates somehow disappear once they enter the inner sanctum of the laundry room.
Lamb Chops was the creation of ventriloquist and puppeteer, Shari Lewis. The sassy puppet was first introduced to the public in 1952 when they won first prize on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts television show. In March 1956, they appeared on Captain Kangaroo and had their own television series by 1960.
Shari Lewis was a legend of children's television. As the puppeteer behind Charlie Horse, Hush Puppy, Wing Ding and – of course – Lamb Chop, she entertained generations of children with her gentle, friendly songs and stories. In the early ‘90s, long after her original show went off the air, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) approached her about reviving her television show, Lamb Chop’s Play-Along, which has been seen on PBS stations and reproduced in video.
Talking via a sock with stitched-on eyes, Lewis created something very special. Children knew it, as did their parents, who awarded Lewis with 12 Emmys, Seven Parents' Choice Awards, a Peabody Award, a John F. Kennedy Center Award for Excellence and Creativity… the list goes on and on.
This list will share reminders from Lamb Chop’s long performing history.