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Buffalo Bob Smith with one of the original Howdy Doody puppets Oct. 7, 1997
Buffalo Bob Smith holds one of three original Howdy Doody puppets Oct. 7, 1997, during a call-in auction of Howdy Doody memorabilia at a restaurant in New York. The original freckle-faced marionette belongs to the Detroit Institute of Arts, a federal judge said in a ruling that clears the way for Howdy to join the likes of Punch and Judy, Kermit the Frog and other puppets in the museum's collection. The ruling settles a custody battle of sorts between the museum and the family of the late Rufus Rose, the puppeteer of Howdy Doody.
January 25, 2001