Who was Willie Whistle? (was Re: Ahhhh!! Boston TV Memories!!)

Donna Halper dlh@donnahalper.com
Fri Nov 4 11:49:22 EST 2005

  Peter Q. George wrote:
>I have it on good authority that Willie Whistle was
>Dick Beach, a longtime employee of WSBK-TV (now

And Peter gets a cookie!!!  From the old "Ask the Globe" column:

Q. Who used to play the clown Willie Whistle on Channel 38? D.S., Littleton
A. That was the station's program director Dick Beach, who played Willie 
for nearly two decades before retiring and moving West in the mid-1980s. 
Throughout the period Beach kept Willie's true identity a secret. He had 
previously, in 1962, played a clown named Salty at a TV station in Toledo, 
Ohio. In addition to his managerial duties, and playing Willie in a number 
of charitable appearances, Beach also hosted a mornin g cartoon show on Ch. 
38 five days a week.

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