Quality Time With the Quitnots

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John Wayne? Jerry Thomas was the closest thing to him, here with “Gramps” Quitnot and a friend

My big project in the 90s was Quality Time With the Quitnots, a proposed television show for kids and their parents. We used live animals, puppets and music to tell stories relating to social values and self-esteem. We were never fully funded, but were supported by so many kind and talented people. Here’s my chance to remember and thank a few of them.

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The real live Juniper, at the hospitable Hoofbeat Acres miniature horse ranch

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My brother James Allen, niece Angela, Dan Newbauer and a live friend helping make the preview screening an exciting event

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Parenting expert and good friend Marti Erickson talks to Gramps and Juniper on the indoor set of Quality Time With the Quitnots

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Young friends helping out at the Diamond T Ranch

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Jim Schiffman, Shelley Kothe, (puppeteers) Don Oberdorfer, Hal Dragseth, (producers) Holly, (writer, producer) Steve Schwolert (set design)

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We were amazed at how the horses seemed to accept Juniper as one of their own

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