An episode titled “The Atomic Vault” concluded a televised run of five years and over 1,100 episodes for the Space Age children’s program. Shortly after beginning as a local L.A. show, the adventures of 30th century interstellar do-gooders was quickly picked up by ABC. The vast majority of episodes were 15 minutes long, with the remainder a full half-hour, and a radio version also ran concurrently. Despite being targeted at kids, it eventually became one of early TV’s most popular Saturday shows. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Tex Avery, cartoonist (d. 1980); William Frawley, landlord (d. 1966); Greg Germann, lawyer (55); Jackie Gleason, honeymooner (d. 1987); Tom Kennedy, game show host (86); Chase Masterson, Trekker (50); Cliff Osmond, character actor (d. 2012); Tony Randall, fussbudget (d. 2004); Dub Taylor, character actor (d. 1994).