Happy anniversary, Harry and Pauline!
The 39th anniversary for the two rubber chickens married on Channel 5's old "Paul Dixon Show" will be celebrated Tuesday with the program shown on Fountain Square's giant LED Board.
Dixon, the long-time Cincinnati TV personality who inspired David Letterman's comedy, officiated at the March 11, 1969, wedding as "Mayor of Kneesville," one of his characters for the show. It's the most talked about TV episode from Dixon's old live morning show, which aired from 1955 until his death in 1974.
The rubber chickens for years were props on the show. Dixon sidekicks Bonnie Lou and Colleen Sharp were the matrons of honor, while Channel 5 noon TV host Bob Braun was best man.
The entire two-hour "Dixon" show begins at 11:30 a.m. The wedding ceremony will be seen about 12:30-12:45 p.m. Channel 5 provided a DVD copy of the show to Fountain Square Management Group for the telecast.
Tuesday's chicken wedding anniversary party was suggested by Josh Crabtree, a huge Dixon fan from Covington. The Lucasville native is too young (34) to have ever seen Dixon’s show; he found out about Dixon after enrolling in UC in 1991.
"Even though Paul Dixon passed when I was only 1 year old, I have always been fascinated with the popularity of his show. I really enjoyed it when Channel 5 broadcast some of the old shows a few years back. I can’t help but wonder what ever happened to the original Harry and Paulette props…
"Watching those old episodes is like peeking into a Cincinnati time capsule and observing an era I wasn't around to see first hand… Nothing is more appropriate than airing a 39-year-old chicken wedding video on a public square where thousands gather each September to perform a chicken dance. My wish for next year is that everyone's favorite rubber chickens, Harry and Pauline, celebrate their 40th anniversary by renewing their vows on Fountain Square with Jerry Springer as master of ceremonies." You can also see chicken wedding clips on Channel 5’s web site:
Years ago, Channel 5 sold VHS copies of Dixon's Chicken Wedding. But the station doesn't have any more. Channel 5 folks have talked about releasing some old shows on DVD, if they could find sponsors -- but nothing is in the works, says Lisa Snell, an executive assistant at Channel 5.