Bruce Chessé
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RALPH CHESSÉ
PUPPET THEATER
Brother Buzz



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PAINTINGS
New Orleans1919-1928
Asia 1931-1942
Biblical Series 1940-1950
WPA Style
Theater Series
Portraits
1951-1959
Europe
1960 -1969
Paris Exhibition 1963
Moore Gallery 1967
Poster Period
1970-1981
1982-1991

left hand paintings
WORKS ON PAPER
Watermedia & Drawing
Linocuts
Silk Screen
African American Images
SCULPTURE
PUPPETS
Marionettes 1928-1939
Marionettes 1940-1984
Brother Buzz 1952-1969
FAMILY HISTORY
CHRONOLOGY


characters from Brother Buzz 1952-69  
from left to right: Gramd Pappy Woodmouse, dog, fuzzy dog, armadilo, robin

Brother Buzz has been the spokesperson for The Latham Foundation for Human Edu
cation for over 80 years. He became a TV star in 1952 when Ralph Chessé created a KPIX TV production with marionettes. The Wonderful World of Brother Buzz produced under the sponsorship of the Latham Foundation for the promotion of Humane Education  became the longest sustaining children's program in the history of San Francisco television, lasting from 1952 to 1969. It rivaled Howdy Doody for longevity with a run on the air of 17 years whereas Howdy had only a 13 year run. It was the first Children's Television puppet program to deal with environmental issues and to explore the realm of animals by promoting Humane Education. It ran on three stations in San Francisco KPIX, KTVU and ended up on the ABC affiliate station KGO- Channel 7 where it was syndicated and distributed by Westinghouse and the Cox Broadcasting systems. A DVD is available from the Latham Foundation .

Brother Buzz & Busy Bee
Spider

Professor Snodgrass in South America



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Brother Buzz with Wrens


Old Dog

Schatzi the Daschound



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Seal

Brazilian Tucan


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Blue Jay

Horse


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Horned Toad

Robin & Grasshopper


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Brother Buzz & Busy Bee in Alaska with Reindeer
Penguin

Odi Skunk



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Mr. Pack Rat under construction

Mr. Pack Rat


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Production scene at KPIX
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