Frazier Thomas

Television Personality
Born Jun 13, 1918

William Frazier Thomas was a Chicago television personality. While Thomas became the author of nine children's books, he was best known for creating, hosting, writing and producing the long-running children's television program Garfield Goose and Friends on WGN-TV.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born on June 13, 1918.


1935 17 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1935, he was writing a weekly syndicated newspaper column for children about magic, at first as "Thomas the Magician" and later as Frazier Thomas. … Read More
1936 18 Years Old By 1936, Thomas had an additional interest: radio; he became the host of a summer replacement show about movies for Cincinnati radio station WLW. … Read More


1949 31 Years Old In 1949, he announced he would leave Morning Matinee to establish his own radio and television production firm. … Read More
1950 32 Years Old In 1950, Frazier and Anne Thomas were among the top local television personalities in Cincinnati. … Read More
1951 33 Years Old In 1951, Thomas was hired by Chicago's WBKB-TV (now WBBM-TV) for an afternoon variety show initially called The Frazier Thomas Show. … Read More
1953 35 Years Old With the show's popularity among young viewers in the Chicago area by 1953, Thomas produced a book for them, Garfield Goose Memory Book. … Read More


1958 40 Years Old The Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences did not begin awarding local Emmys until 1958; Thomas was the first winner of the award for Male Best Children's Performer, and won the award again in 1964 for his work with Garfield Goose and Friends and Family Classics. … Read More


1976 58 Years Old …  When Ned Locke, ringmaster of Bozo's Circus retired in 1976, Thomas was asked to become his replacement. … Read More


1985 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Thomas received the Chicago Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Governors' Award for his television work posthumously in 1985. … Read More
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