"I'd like to be remembered as one of the original pioneers. I would like to be remembered for my relationship with 'Kukla, Fran and Ollie' which in our day, without being bashful, I think we were one of the top shows to the American public....There have been times when I'm introduced to somebody and they say, 'he was the director of Kukla, Fran and Ollie or the director of a part of Sanford and Son. They say, 'Really?' Yes. Really. I've had a good life."
About This Interview
Lewis Gomavitz (1912-2010) was interviewed for four hours plus in Northridge, CA. During his interview, Gomavitz described his involvement in the Chicago experimental station, W6XBK during World War II. After the war, he was hired on to the station, renamed WBKB, and served as a stage manager until he was tapped to direct a new show starring Burr Tillstrom's puppets and Fran Allison. The show, originally called Junior Jamboree, evolved into the classic, Kukla, Fran & Ollie. Gomavitz directed the show for ten years, until it went off the air. After that, he moved to Los Angeles where he directed and associate-produced various specials. In the 1970s, he worked as the prop master on Sanford and Son until the show went off the air. Mr. Gomavitz retired in the late 1980s. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on February 2, 2000.