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  1. Joe

    Ready kilowatt lives. Tito franconia formerly know as the red sox manager is ready kilowatt reincarnated in the flesh wearing a suit.

  2. Mark Bloss

    I remember when The Illuminating Company sponsored the high school quiz “It’s Academic” on WEWS in Cleveland, from about the late 1960s until 1972, there was a glass (I think) rendering of Reddy Kilowatt’s head behind each team’s podium, and when the final Grab Bag round was about to begin, the host at the time, Don Cameron, sometimes reminded teams to “light up those Reddy Kilowatts” if they wanted to ring in and answer a question. Also, in the 1971-72 season, the opening sequence on Cleveland’s “It’s Academic” was an animated film of Reddy flipping old T-handled electric switches. When he flipped the first switch, the show title lit up in a lightbulb-type font, and when he flipped the second switch, the show’s sponsor lit up similarly. (Current Washington “It’s Academic” producer Susan Altman remembers this, because she was involved in producing the Cleveland show back then. I found out about this from her on May 14, 2011 when I saw a Washington taping.)

  3. Elizabeth Van Schaick

    I remember Reddy warning that if we didn’t handle electricity properly, someone would “get a hotfoot!” I have mentioned the phrase, but no one I know remembers it. I didn’t find it on this site, but I thought it was a GREAT quotation!!

  4. Jayne

    I remember taking a class field trip in grade school in Kawkawlin, Mi to Consumers Power Company. We received a small lapel stick pin of Reddy Kilowatt. Not sure what happened to mine, but I just thought about it the other day since I have a niece that works for Consumers Energy now.

  5. Lawrence's daughter

    My father worked as a service supervisor for the Ohio Power Company. We had Reddy Kilowatt pins, the Lucite figure that holds cards, you name it, he was all over the house. It is a beloved memory from my childhood. Can’t believe how pricey these items are now on Ebay. The sight of him always brings a smile to me!

  6. Sue Garfield

    When I was in elementary school (late ’60s) the local Penelec (Pennsylvania Electric Company) sponsored 1-week cooking classes during the summer for elementary-aged girls. I went 2 or 3 summers. They had a contest for an art project showing Reddy Kilowatt, which I won one of those years.

  7. Debra Robinson

    use to sang a song before the weather was given in Mississippi in the sixties as a jingle that goes like this: The weather, the weather, whats it gonna be, here is Redi kilo o watt to tell you on tv !!!

  8. Grace Witham

    My grandfather was Charles Bader. Who drew Reddy Kilowatt for many years. I grew up with Reddy. Is there any way to tell which pictures he actually drew?

  9. Matthew H Constant

    I remember seeing Reddy’s image on bucket trucks for Louisiana Power and Light Company (LP&L) as late as the mid to late 1970s. He may have even been on commercial bumpers for one of our local meteoroigists on TV for several years, IF I recall correctly.

  10. Cynthia A. Lezine-Wells

    Oh my goodness, I remember Reddy Kilowatts and I tell the story to my children. They would always ask me what he looked like, I would try to explain it to him how he use to come out every-year at Gulf States Christmas party or the Easter programs and scared the mess out of us children. From the age of birth to 11 years old, I remember seeing and believing in him, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny, in Lake Charles, Gulf States Electric. So great to see him! So grateful that I was able to show my grown children a picture of him. Wonderful childhood memory that I shared (verbally) with my children every season and now I finally get to see him again. Thanks and God bless. I am now 63 years old.

  11. Harold

    I remember Reddy Killowatt when I was a little boy during the sixties in Mississippi. We would be out playing and everyday if we were close enough to the living room we could here the weather jingle, it went like this, The weather, the weather, whats it gonna be, here is Redi kilo o watt to tell you on TV. If we didn’t hear it ourselves mom would call us in for dinner. Then we would hear it coming in or shortly after taking a seat for dinner. This was always our cue for dinner.

  12. Lori Carvelli

    Laughing joyfully! I was Ready Kilowatt! Our teacher in cooking school snuck me aside and asked me to be him. She said “you are just the right size, can you keep a secret and not tell your classmates?” I did! As Reddy Kilowatt, in August of 1970, I wore a red shiny electric bolt velcroed suit and had a light bulb head! I was given the distinguished honor to award each of my little classmates for cooking school a little Ready Kilowatt pin and her cooking certificate! I wore white gloves and stifled my giggles when all of the other little girls kept saying; where’s Lori? We were 8 year olds at Penelec cooking school and I remember it like yesterday. I can still smell those hot-diggity dogs and made them for my three daughters! We made the newspaper, the Warren Times Observer! We’re 53 years old now and I went on to extend my love for cooking to family, friends and for the masses in Jamestown and Ashville NY!

  13. suzanne Hall Vasas

    I remember going to cooking class at Penn Cambria high school, the classes were held in the home economic class room.What a thrill to be in Reddy Kilowatt class sponsored by Penelec. We made pizza burgers wacky cakes .I only remember the two recipes but I am sure there were more recipes but my memory eludes me as this had to be forty or fifty years ago. You see there wasn’t much to do in the small town of Cresson Pa . This is truly a very good memory. Does anyone have a copy of the recipe? I can see a picture of Reddy Kilowatt on the front page.

  14. Pat Mattingly

    When I was in grade school we had a Hollween contest. We all had to dress up .My moms idea was for me to dress up as Reddy Kilowatt. I believe it was 1959. When I think about it I looked ridiculous . I wore red tights a red sweater ,put a nylon hose covering my whole head,a balloon on my nose,and we configured a coat hanger to look like lightning zigzag on my head. I didn’t win imagine that.

  15. Marthalee Ford

    I can still remember the poem on my bus transfers when I was a kid: My name is ready kilowatt, I work with all my might.
    If homes are wired to let me in, i’ll work from morn to night. Just plug me in and watch me work, without a bit of fuss. I’ll cook your meals, turn factory wheel and take you on my bus! Brings back old memories. (I’m 70)

  16. Roger Adams

    When I was 5yo (1972), at our school, as I think it is or at least was anyway, the same as most schools, kindergarten was 1/2 days and I had AM kindergarten, and was supposed to come home and take a nap with my Mom, instead while she was sleeping, I was getting into things, and one of those things was her hairpins, LOL. Well I liked to experiment with electronics way back then, one of the things I liked to experiment with was my Mom’s hairpins and stick them in the electrical outlet in the wall, to see what would happen, the results were not good, not bad either it just shocked me a little and I let go really quick, but if memory serves me correctly it blew a fuse as well, LOL, either way my Mom was not happy, nor my Dad when he got home, lol and I think I tried this on more than one occasion. Again if memory serves me correctly, in my head at that time I was trying to figure out how a light bulb worked, I somehow knew it very vaguely worked on that basis, however I had no idea the different materials used to make it work, LOL As a result, my Uncle Chuck used to call me “Ready Kill-a-Watt” after that, our family still jokes about it, especially if both Uncle Chuck and I are both around at the same time

  17. Leah

    When I was little and the Electric Bill came in the mail. I would tell my mom that the Shocking bill was here because of Reddy Kilowatt’s picture on the envelope.

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