INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 1, 2016)-- How many people can say that they created fond memories for thousands of Indiana kids? Bob Glaze did just that.
From 1970 to 1989, Glaze hosted the afternoon cartoon show on WTTV Channel 4. He appeared first as the host of the “Chuck Wagon Theatre” before it became known simply as “Cowboy Bob’s Corral.”
"You know, I wanted to be, if possible, a surrogate brother, father to the kids out there and that was my motivation,” said Glaze.
He admits he fell into the job while working on the production crew at the old Channel 4 studio. He was an accomplished folk singer who recorded a Christmas album with fellow cartoon host Janie Woods Hodge. When the station needed an afternoon host, all he had to do was come up with a TV persona.
"I said, 'I am from Oklahoma, I know my way around a horse...why can't I be a cowboy?' Okay cowboy what? '...I don't know my mom named me Bob,'" remembered Glaze.
For a generation of Hoosiers, Cowboy Bob was an after-school companion who entertained with his cast of TV characters. Cowboy Bob also educated and engaged his audience subtly on issues like fire safety.
"What we were doing at the time was meaningful. It wasn't a waste of time, it wasn't frivolous, it wasn't something to pass the time clowning around for a half hour or hour. It is something that I will never forget for as long as I live."
Today, Bob Glaze still lives on a five acre ranch in Morgan County with his wife Gail. He is surrounded with memorabilia from his days as an Indiana television pioneer. He still makes appearances at parades and fundraisers.
His was a rare career that made a real impact and won’t be forgotten, even long after he rode into retirement.
"I wouldn't trade the world for having had that wonderful experience," he said.