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The show debuted as ''Puppet Playhouse'' on December 27, 1947, as a Saturday morning program and was aired as a half-hour program five days each week at 5:30 PM from 1948 through 1956 on 200 television stations nationwide.<ref name=NYTObit>Hevesi, Dennis. [https://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/arts/25kean.html "Edward Kean, Chief Writer of ‘Howdy Doody’, Dies at 85"], ''The New York Times'', August 24, 2010; accessed August 24, 2010.</ref>
 
The show debuted as ''Puppet Playhouse'' on December 27, 1947, as a Saturday morning program and was aired as a half-hour program five days each week at 5:30 PM from 1948 through 1956 on 200 television stations nationwide.<ref name=NYTObit>Hevesi, Dennis. [https://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/arts/25kean.html "Edward Kean, Chief Writer of ‘Howdy Doody’, Dies at 85"], ''The New York Times'', August 24, 2010; accessed August 24, 2010.</ref>
   
Stephen Davis, a historian who wrote the 1987 book, ''Say Kids! What Time Is It?'', which chronicled the history of ''The Howdy Doody Show'', credited Kean with writing the show's theme song as the program's "chief writer, philosopher and theoretician". In his eight years with the show, he scripted "almost every line spoken and every note sung", created characters such as [[Clarabell the Clown]] and [[Princess Summerfall Winterspring]], and conceived of Howdy Doody's 1948 run for President of the United States. Kean coined the word "kawabonga" as a greeting for the character Chief Thunderthud,<ref name=surfing>{{citation|title=The Encyclopedia of Surfing|first=Matt|last=Warshaw|publisher=Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|year=2005|isbn=978-0-15-603251-3|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=-DWQSYRx4MUC&pg=PA140|page=140}}</ref> which was later adopted by surfers as "cowabunga" and popularized by Snoopy, the [[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] and Bart Simpson among others.<ref name=surfing/>
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Stephen Davis, a historian who wrote the 1987 book, ''Say Kids! What Time Is It?'', which chronicled the history of ''The Howdy Doody Show'', credited Kean with writing the show's theme song as the program's "chief writer, philosopher and theoretician". In his eight years with the show, he scripted "almost every line spoken and every note sung", created characters such as [[Clarabell the Clown]] and [[Princess Summerfall Winterspring]], and conceived of Howdy Doody's 1948 run for President of the United States. Kean coined the word "kawabonga" as a greeting for the character Chief Thunderthud,<ref name=surfing>{{citation|title=The Encyclopedia of Surfing|first=Matt|last=Warshaw|publisher=Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|year=2005|isbn=978-0-15-603251-3|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=-DWQSYRx4MUC&pg=PA140|page=140}}</ref> which was later adopted by surfers as "cowabunga" and popularized by Snoopy, the [[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] and [[Bart Simpson]] among others.<ref name=surfing/>
   
 
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