Elaine Mulqueen

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Elaine Mulqueen as Pandora

Elaine Mulqueen (January 27, 1932 – May 22, 2012) was an American children's television host and personality in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Mulqueen's career in television began in 1962, when she appeared in commercials for Coca-Cola on Bozo's Circus, while her husband, Jack Mulqueen, worked as a puppeteer.[1]

In 1963, Mulqueen and her husband began hosting The Mulqueens on WGN-TV. Mulqueen appeared on stage as a pixie-like character named Pandora.[2] In 1965, the program moved to WBKB-TV (now WLS-TV), and the show was renamed Mulqueen's Kiddie A-Go-Go. Mulqueen continued to host in character as Pandora, while the show now featured live dancing to popular music.[2][3] In 1966, the program moved to WCIU-TV and its name was shortened to Kiddie A-Go-Go.[2][3] Several popular musical groups performed on the show, including The Four Seasons and New Colony Six.[1] "Kiddie A-Go-Go" remained on WCIU until 1970.[2]

In 1973, Mulqueen appeared in advertisements for the Chicago-area grocery chain Dominick's.[4]

On May 22, 2012, Mulqueen died of cancer at the age of 80.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bartlett woman starred in Chicago children's television Daily Herald. May 31, 2014. Accessed June 15, 2014
  2. ^ a b c d Berger, Daniel; Jajkowski, Steve. "Chicago Television", (p. 51–52) Arcadia Publishing, January 1, 2010. Accessed June 15, 2014
  3. ^ a b Hollis, Tim. "Hi There, Boys and Girls! America's Local Children's TV Programs", (p. 101–104) Univ. Press of Mississippi, Oct 29, 2001. Accessed June 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Dominick's Finer Foods with Elaine Mulqueen (Commercial #1, 1973) The Museum of Classic Chicago Television. August 15, 2012. Accessed June 15, 2014.