Mr Moon - Portland Television History

(Cottage Grove, Oregon)

When I was young I used to watch Mr Moon:-)


Mr Moon, debuting on KOIN 6 TV in 1953, was a character portrayed by long-time Portland radio DJ, Ed Leahy. Mr Moon actually started as a radio show.

Mr Moon and his puppet crew entertained children throughout Oregon and SW Washington with lessons and fun, every week day until it's end in 1958.

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Apr 15, 2016
Mr Moon
by: Terry

When I was a little girl, I was going to run away from home. I wasn't angry or anything I just thought it would be cool to go across the street and live in the woods. But then I realized I wouldn't get to watch Mr. Moon or the Mickey Mouse club. So I unpacked my little bag and stayed home.

Oct 20, 2015
Neat Memory
by: PJ Anderson

My husband is a little incredulous at my recollection of Mr Moon. But I remember being amazed that he KNEW how neatly I kept my room and made my bed

The simplicity of the show seems so sweet now... nothing like the awful Saturday morning "kid shows" that depict loud obnoxious siblings and parents portrayed as buffoons. Oops- too cranky?

Jul 29, 2015
I Remember Mr Moon!
by: Anonymous

I remember Mr Moon! Early TV was fascinating to a little kid.

Apr 09, 2015
Thanks, Mr Moon!
by: Keath

I have seen some episodes of this from the archives when the station had a show that featured the old popular programs.

It does seems funny and when I did consider the time in which it was made, I had to admit that it deserves some appreciation.

Feb 25, 2015
by: steve

This was one of my favorite television series in which I love the characters a lot. When I was a kid I never missed the shows in the series.

Jan 14, 2015
Mr. Moon & OMSI
by: Jim Needham

I was pretty young and it was a LONG time ago, but I still remember the excitement over the little character, OMSI, who introduced the Portland Area to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry) when it was first built in the blue tetrahedron building by the Portland Zoo.

That was about the time Rosie, the elephant gave birth to Packy. I believe Packy was the first zoo-born elephant in the USA.

Sep 16, 2014
Not Here, Boys And Girls!
by: Tom Kane

The little bastards happened on the Soupy Sales show, not one of the Portland shows. It just about ruined Soupy's career and he lost his job on the spot.

Mar 30, 2014
Mr. Moon Remembered
by: Jim

I was only about 3 years old and we had one of Portland's first few 1000 TV's (I still have this TV).

I think that Mr. Moon was my first TV show. I remember that KOIN's first test broadcast late at night was with Mr. Moon.

I remember my dad woke me up at about 10 or 11 pm to watch it.

I remember that Mr. Moon's head looked like it had glitter on it in black and white?

Growing up with 50's, kids TV was the best. I am now 65 and will never forget it!

Dec 25, 2013
Hap - Merry Christmas
by: mahlon

It was Christmas time. Mr. Moon started to say "Merry Christmas", but accidentally started to say Happy New Year." It came as, "Hap-Merry Christmas."

Harry the Happy Heron was next to him, and immediately picked up on the error. Harry the Happy Heron razed him the rest of the show, saying over and over, "Did you hear him? He said Hap-Merry Christmas".

I am 65 years old and my father is 90. To this day, it is a contest to see who will be the first one to wish the other Hap-Merry Christmas.

Oct 04, 2012
Mister Moon Was My Hero!
by: 4estdweller

I don't have the clearest memories of Mr Moon except I thought he was awesome.

At 3-4 years old, I would not give up my bottle, could fill it myself, let the dog chew the nipple off, and then I would drink out of it.

My mother got sick of it and took my glass bottles and threw them in a big ditch by our home and when I would ask for them she told me my bottle had gotten broke and she gave it to Mr Moon to get it repaired.

So I waited and ever so often anxiously whined, "When is Mr Moon going to bring my bottle back?!" Of course he never did.

I had to grow up and he had to move on after he released his inner child hater and got canned. Yea! for the good ole days. Anybody remember Addybobkins aka Bob Atkins? Had a crush on him, too.

Feb 15, 2012
Mr Moon's Urban Legend
by: Vic Owen

Nope -- didn't happen. Just another urban legend. Variations of this been attributed to several Portland personalities back in the 50s, but it wasn't Ed Leahy.

Feb 13, 2012
Mr. Moon Cussing
by: Anonymous

I was watching the TV show, Mister Moon.

At the end of the program, he took off his head and said, "There! That should hold those little bastards for another day!" I was shocked!

I ran into the kitchen and told my mother that Mr. Moon called us "little bastards." She acted like she didn't believe me and told me not to swear.

That was the last time I ever saw Mr. Moon. He no longer appeared as Mr. Moon on TV again. I am 63 years old today, February 2012.

Nov 25, 2011
Mr Moon Picture
by: Vic Owen

Michelle --

See this link:

Cheers, Vic

Nov 18, 2011
by: Michelle

So glad "Moon Memories" still exist.

He came along at a time when things were simpler and
a lot more honest.

Would love to see a pic of the Moon head that
Vic in Seattle saved from the ravages of time.

What do you say, Vic?

Nov 15, 2011
The Real Story
by: Vic Owen

"Supposedly, he thought the camera was off and he took the big head off and muttered, "that ought to hold the little ***tards." I did not see it, but some other people told me that."

Didn't happen on the Mr Moon Show -- it supposedly happened on the Uncle Bob & the Squirrel Cage show.

Mr Moon was Ed Leahy, who was my step-dad. And, yes, I still have the Moon head and some puppets.

Seattle, WA

Sep 11, 2011
Mr. Moon - finally found him!
by: Anonymous

So glad to see info, memories of Mr. Moon. No one that I've spoken to remembers him ... til now!

Got our first tv when I was in the first grade, 1957, living in the country outside Vancouver, WA. The image of his huge cratered moon head is seared in my brain ... nothing scary, really liked him.

Did he wear a dark turtle-neck shirt?

Jul 30, 2011
62 & Loving the Mr Moon Memories...
by: Kat

Mr Moon was my first hero. Is there any way to see a tape of one of the shows?

Jul 20, 2011
The Gang I Remember
by: Jim Grosfield

Mrs. Cow, Miss Kitty Cat, Rocket The Dog, Sam Boom...

Harry The Happy Heron was a later character, who's initial introduction consisted merely of an eerie high-pitched laugh. He later became a show regular.

Jun 03, 2011
Mr Moon: A Page of History
by: Michelle

Mr. Moon was a hero in the kids circle I grew up in. One kid even took a round vase, painted eyes on it, a few craters, and he had a Mr. Moon head.

The thing was heavy, cumbersome and he couldn't see out of it, but it was cool and everyone liked it. We then had our own Mr. Moon to play with.

Emulating our heroes is something kids do, and Mr. Moon certainly was a hero to us.

Happy memories......

Jun 02, 2011
Mr Moon? Then There Was Rusty!
by: Anonymous

I am only 59 and remember Mr. Moon.

I believe the word was "batards". It was a locally broadcast show.

Which Milwaukee are you talking about? I know they are spelled differently but I do not know which is which.

Apr 25, 2011
Mr Moon - First Cartoon
by: john jones

I just turned 62. When I lived in Longview, WA., we got our first TV set in the mid-50s, with only Ch. 6 coming in good, and 12 OK, depending on the weather.

Mr. Moon was the first cartoon I ever saw, and I have not forgotten it. Also I saw the first Captain Kangaroo show, and the first Lone Ranger show on TV.

Don't remember what I did yesterday, though.

Mar 30, 2011
Rumors of Mr Moon in Portland
by: Humbert

I'm 63 and live in Seattle now. I remember one day Mr. Moon was on and the next day he wasn't.

Supposedly, he thought the camera was off and he took the big head off and muttered, "that ought to hold the little ***tards." I did not see it, but some other people told me that.

Seattle folks like their TV folks but they don't hold a candle to Heck Harper & Mr. Moon!

Mar 19, 2011
Mr Moon Memories
by: Anonymous

I enjoyed the Mr Moon Show!

He used to live right up the street from us on 31st and Couch. Fun times! I'm 61 now.

Feb 09, 2011
Remembering Mr Moon
by: PJ

I'm 62 now, and don't remember a lot of detail about the show, but I sure remember the big Mr Moon head.

I don't know if it was a regular feature of the show, but I DO remember that my name was on a list the show aired ... I think it was for keeping my room clean.

Does anyone else remember something like that? Parents must have sent their kids' names in.

It amazed me that Mr. Moon "knew" I was a fledgling neatnik. I think they did something like that for birthdays also.

Jan 14, 2011
Mr Moon & the whole Gang
by: Michelle

Of course.....Mr Moon. I remember him well. He came to me on channel 6 in Stevenson, WA when I was 8 years old

Back in the day, it was rumored that Mr Moon was actually Red Dunning, the Cowboy/Host of the afternoon Western Movie. It turned out of course not to be, but back then, no one knew for sure.

Mr Moon had quite a team behind him. There was Mrs Cow, Miss Kitty, Rocket the Dog, and a bald guy named Sam, who really liked candied kumquats. was a pretty good afternoon when you could get Mr Moon at 4 pm, Cartoon Time at 4:15, and The Red Dunning Hour at 4:30.

Red showed us some Cowboy movies that were ancient even in 1953. And the Fiddle music that came on when his show started is well remembered.

Good stuff!

Jan 01, 2011
Mr Blue Moon
by: john woodworth

Yes, he cussed...good thing it only happens once in a blue moon!

My first television memory was from Bend, Oregon. We got only three stations. I remember Red Dunning also.

Dec 11, 2010
You Have To Old To Remember Mr. Moon
by: bob hinkle

I can remember the Mr Moon TV show in Portland when I was a little kid back in the 50s. I am 63 years old now so that's a lot of years gone by. I hope other people will comment on this wonderful kid show that we used to have.

I thought Mr Moon was terrific. Why don't they bring back stuff like this for our children? Maybe some day they will see the true light of when we were kids. This has brought back so many memories.

If any of my old classmates read this, I would like to hear from you. I went to grade school in Portland, Oregon at Meriwether Lewis. I definitely would like to hear from other people that have watched the Mr Moon show in Portland.

Dec 11, 2010
What About Mr Moon's End?
by: Anonymous

Didn't Mr. Moon get fired for cussing on national television? I remember seeing that on Milwauke news.

It was huge! He'd forgotten they were still airing and called the kids "sons of bitches" You never see anything on that. I wonder why...

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