Engineer Bill

William “Bill” Stulla (May 24, 1911 – August 12, 2008), also known as Engineer Bill, was an award-winning host of children’s television. He was born in New York City.[1]

From 1951 to 1954, he hosted “Bill Stulla’s Parlor Party.” Later, he hosted Cartoon Express on KHJ-TV 9 (Ind) from 1954 to 1966; in this position, he won two Emmy Awards. In addition to the usual cartoons, the show included an odd game called “Red Light, Green Light” where children were given glasses of milk which they would drink when the announcer (“Freight Train” Wayne Thomas) said “green light” and stop drinking when he said “red light”. If they finished their glass before the game was over, they lost and were referred to as “gulpers”. Also featured on the show was “Little Mo, the bad habit buster,” in which a small model electric train engine attempted to push a model boxcar containing the “bad habit” of the week into a bin, located at the top of an incline. A new bad habit was named on Monday, and the effort concluded, usually successfully, on Friday. Bill Stulla closed his show with his signature message to his young audience, “Happy highball, engineers!”

In 1966, he retired from broadcasting and became a stockbroker. He died in Los Angeles in 2008, aged 97.

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