Visuals courtesy of Brian Mayer

     I want to thank the wonderful people who  have  emailed me about how much they enjoyed reading Kid Show - My  World of Imagination.   Within its pages you are right by my side as I create and perform every children's television series in my career, a rollercoaster ride of  exhilarating success  and devastating failure.  Kid Show's  battles will not only recharge your own imagination but have you encouraging the creativity of your children.   

 Bill Jackson         


All about the most imaginative kid shows ever!


      Kid Show - My World of   Imagination

      BillJackson, Chicago’s  legendary creator of some of the most innovative local children’s television in America, takes you with him on a  journey filled with soaring successes and nose-diving defeats.





     From his career's surprising beginning to its inevitable end, Bill, known by his initials as B. J., creates innovative and highly visual  production segments including Whozit, Faces in Clouds, Drawing to Music, Painting in Air, Cliff-hanging Serials, and Vaudeville-style Skits. 

     For performers, he created perhaps the most compelling puppets in the history of children’s TV, including such favorites as smoke-billowing Dirty Dragon, prissy Wally and wacky Weird, and the extremely exuberant Mother Plumtree.  And, yes, there was non-puppet Blob -- that large. bizarre lump of clay B. J. sculpted that spoke unintelligible “mood talk” only B. J. could understand.

     Bill’s most popular shows -- Cartoon Town, B. J. & Dirty Dragon, and The Gigglesnort Hotel – were all produced in Chicago where his imaginative scripts, cartooning, puppetry, and production delighted his audiences and inspired creativity perhaps more than any other kid show on television.

      Written with his off-beat humor and down-home style, Bill takes you by his side on a journey through his past.  Kid Show -- My World of Imagination is as compelling and fun  as his shows were, and  returns you to an era in children’s television you will never see again.

Special bonus!  Included is a photo history of Bill's career.



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      Bill never charges for autographs, but  since he does not stock or ship the books, you would need to mail the book to him with a postage paid, self addressed mailer for your book's return.  Be sure to print the autograph receiver's name the way you want it written. 

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Captain Gig is delighted with what folks are saying:

     "Nobody in kids' TV packed more fun, enchantment, wackiness and creativity into their shows than Bill Jackson.  . . .This book is the ultimate companion to our treasured memories of B. J. and his gang." --   Jim Engel, Cartoonist and Children's Television Historian


    "The book was amazing." - Harry Sikma

      "I finished your book last night.  It was simply terrific.  . . .  As much as I treasure the memories of your shows, those memories are that much richer now for having read the book.  --  Kevin Anetsberger


     "It was a wonderful read. I truly enjoyed it, every word. The prose style was easy to read. I loved the fact that you wrote like you spoke on the show.  . . .  Sure glad I read it." -- Rick Cleveringa


... ... "He relates his story with humorous candor and meticulous attention to detail.  And throughout, he celebrates his love of imagination and creativity. -- Ted Okuda, co-author of The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television



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