Miss Northern Lights, Mother Moose and the old Sourdough
Our Daughter Nikki and Mother Moose
In the 1970's, "Mother Moose" premiered on KTVA channel eleven and Anchorage TV screens were never the same.
Later moving to KENI-TV, channel 2 (now KTUU), the show was created by Larry Beck, also known as "Alaska's Ambassador of Good Will" because he traveled Alaska and the lower 48 doing live shows about Alaska and reciting Robert Service stories like "The Shooting of Dan McGrew."
On the Mother Moose Show, Larry played the part of "The Old Sourdough" and was joined on the show by Carol Beck (his wife at the time, now Carol Edgar).
Carol played "Miss Northern Lights" and would also put on the huge, hot and heavy Mother Moose costume.
Another fun part of the show was everyone's favorite cartoon, "Rocky and Bullwinkle". Take a moment to enjoy the opening of that super fun cartoon show by clicking on the video below.
Besides Mother Moose and Bullwinkle, the show featured a host of other characters created by Larry and Carol, including "Gorp", "Glacier Gruff", "Oil Finch" and "Wrangell Worm." Alaska children loved them.
Soon after the Mother Moose TV show premiered on KTVA, Larry and Carol took the show on the road by doing live Mother Moose appearances at local grocery stores and other venues.
Today, the Mother Moose Show has remained a fond memory for Anchorage children that are all grown up now and may be all over the world, but they're still fans.
Be sure to drop by for a visit because Carol Edgar, Miss Northern Lights herself, stops by from time-to-time to remember and to answer questions from her fans about everyone's favorite Mother Moose.
As the author of this story, I had a really interesting connection with the Mother Moose Show.
I was at KTVA and helped Larry and Carol secure the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons for the show. We also combined the old KTVA children's show set for "The Buckaroos" with the forest set for the Mother Moose show.
And when the Mother Moose show went on the air, I directed lots and lots of episodes.
The picture up above is a picture of Mary and I's daughter Nikki visiting with Mother Moose. Our family cherishes that picture and we have a real soft spot in our hearts for Larry and Carol and that wonderful world they created for Alaskan children called "Mother Moose."