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I was always a fan of Art Finley.  When I was a child, my mother sent a card in for me to be on his show, and I got picked.  My sisters got on, too, and I won a Tinkertoy on the show.  The show was witty, educational, and had the local aspect, which is missing today in children's shows.

When I was an adult, Art Finley had a very good call-in talk show on KGO.  In his show, Art was always very intelligent and respectful both to his guests and his callers.  Then Art moved to Canada, and I missed hearing him.

In 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle ran a feature on children's TV shows.  I wrote a letter to the editor, saying they left out any mention of Mayor Art's show, and what happened to him?  One of Art's friends saw my letter in the paper and mentioned it to him.  Then Art tracked me down and called me up.  He was still his old witty self.  He said, "You blew the secret on my cuckoo bird!"  (When we originally met him on the show, he told us to keep a secret that the cuckoo bird was a puppet.)

I am sorry these shows are not around anymore.  We did not see ourselves on TV because we were on live, but we did see ourselves on the studio monitors.  This was before video tapes, and the studios did not save copies of these shows.  (My mother tried to get a copy later.)

Sad news. Arthur Finger, known as Art Finley and of course, Mayor Art, popular with kids throughout Northern California from 1959 through 1966 on KRON-TV San Francisco, died on Friday, August 7, 2015 in his adopted city of Vancouver, British Columbia. In a career spanning 50+ years, Art was the consumate professional, beginning in radio, moving to television, and even newspapers, where he was known nationally for his syndicated "Art's Gallery" series. He would eventually return to radio, where he interviewed political figures, business leaders, and celebrities, until his retirement in the mid 90s. Those of us who fondly remember him from "The Mayor Art Show", or whose lives were touched by his talent will certainly miss him.Show less

I was on the Mayor Art (Popeye) show some time in the 60's  I got to  be the secretary for the day.  Unknown was that I suffered from Profound hearing loss at the time so I really couldn't hear anything I was suppose to do but fortunately for me one of the other kids told me what to do.  I picked out a boys name and he picked out mine.  It would be awesome to get a hold of that segment if someone could lead me.  My brother and a neighbor boy were also on it.

I was on the Mayor Art (Popeye) show some time in the 60's  I got to  be the secretary for the day.  Unknown was that I suffered from Profound hearing loss at the time so I really couldn't hear anything I was suppose to do but fortunately for me one of the other kids told me what to do.  I picked out a boys name and he picked out mine.  It would be awesome to get a hold of that segment if someone could lead me.  My brother and a neighbor boy were also on it.

My younger sisters and I were on the Mayor Art show in '66! He was quite a character, that Art Finley. We were in our little dresses -petticoats and all. My little 4 year old sister's ticket was drawn. The Mayor helped her down from the peanut gallery to the floor to select a prize from a big box of toys. Well, like I said she was only 4 and too small to reach into the big box, so Mayor Art lifted her up over the rim of the box, and I don't know if he lost his grip on her or it was intentional, but as she reached down for the prize, he let go and she remained hanging there with her little butt in the air. Camera man zoomed in for a long close up on her little frilly underpants and petticoat. We all just about died laughing. My aunt, who at that moment was walking downtown by a window with a bunch of tvs on tuned to the show, stopped to see what the crowd of people were laughing at. There was her niece's butt on all the tvs. Fun show, great memories. :)

I appeared on the Mayor Art show in the Spring of 1966 with my older brother. I was 5 and he was 8. We sat in bleachers full of other kids and I remember bring asked for my riddle. At the time, I had a fascination with Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer, so my riddle was, "Why did the boy jump in the mud?" "Because he wanted to be a mud boy!" I thought my riddle was so funny and clever, but of course nobody else did!

I will never forget being on the Mayor Art program. We lived in Saratoga and it was raining cats and dogs. I remember being transfixed by the lighting and the TV cameras. I thought that was so cool. I told a joke that would be considered racially insensitive now but wasn't then.

I wrote a letter when I was in the second grade and received tickets for me and my sister to be on the show.  It was a day I will never forget.  I was picked to be Mayor Art's secretary so I got a prize for that and then at the end of the show when they picked the person to win the big prize which was a visit to the vault to pick out what every you wanted..l that person  was also me!!!  I won everything, got to pick out a Barbie Dream House.  It was made out of a heavy duty cardboard but it was a dream house for this little girl from East Oakland.s

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