Dan Horn
Dan Horn
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About Dan Horn
When Dan Horn began talking to inanimate objects and then making them talk back, he had no way of knowing his childhood hobby would later become a thriving career-one that would (so far) involve him with city and state governments, legendary Arizona television shows, give him the chance to meet wonderful people (like Jimmy Nelson, Paul Winchell and Edgar Bergen), take him all over the world and provide him with innumerable rewarding experiences. In 1980 Dan joined the cast of KPHO Television's The Wallace & Ladmo Show (which aired in Arizona from 1954 to 1989). For eight years Dan and his puppets were a featured part of this popular and unconventional kids TV show. Altogether, it broadcast each weekday for thirty years making it the longest running TV show with the original cast in history. The secret of the show's longevity was that it was just as popular with college students and adults as it was with kids. Stephen Speilberg, a former Phoenix resident, mentioned his love for the show in an interview on Entertainment Tonight. Two plays about the show have been successfully produced. Two books have been written on the subject and the Arizona Historical Society museum houses a permanent exhibit preserving sets and many artifacts from the show-including some of the original puppets Dan created and performed with. Dan was able to contribute many aspects of his creativity to the show: comedy writing, performing, puppeteering, puppet design and fabrication, costume and prop construction, drawing, and music composition. Exposure from this extremely popular show with its irreverent approach to "kids" comedy made Dan Horn and his puppets very well known throughout Arizona and the Southwest.