Bertie the Bunyip
Bertie the Bunyip was the lead puppet character on the popular American children's television series The Bertie the Bunyip Show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which ran from 1954 to 1966.  He was portrayed as a brown-colored character with the ears of a kangaroo and a duck-bill-type snout. For children he was cute and friendly, getting into harmless situations.
Bertie's enemy was an aristocratic fox by the name of Sir Guy de Guy. A newspaper article published shortly after his death featured an interview with Lee Dexter, who noted that Sir Guy was named after the ubiquitous TV Guide - but this turned out to be just another bogus attempt to cash in on the notoriety of Dexter's puppets, and there was a protracted struggle for ownership of the puppets. Dexter suffered from Alzheimer's Disease in his later years and was confined to a nursing home in southern New Jersey; he was unable to shed any light on his puppets including who should get them!
- Hi There, Boys and Girls!: America's Local Children's TV Programs by Tim Hollis, University Press of Mississippi (2010)
- Row House Days: Tales from a Southwest Philadelphia Childhood by Jack Myers, Infinity Publishing (2005)
- Definitive exposition of the LD/BTB relationship
- BTB at TV land
- nice pic of Lee and Bertie
- Imaginative use of BTB's legacy
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