Buffalo Bob Smith
November 27, 1917 – July 30, 1998) was the host of the children’s show Howdy Doody.
The puppet Howdy Doody was based on a caricature of Mr. Smith’s sister, Esther. Esther was employed at Sattler’s department store in the drapery department and Howdy was the spitting image of her. Smith also was known as a singer and musician, appearing on many top shows of the time before and even after becoming nationally known for the Howdy Doody show. At first it aired on Saturdays, then on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and finally, five times a week. In 1954, Smith suffered a heart attack and for a time, he did the show from a studio built in the basement of his home in Mount Vernon, New York. He returned to the NBC studio in 1955. The final NBC Howdy Doody episode aired in 1960.