I am from Nashville, Tennessee where Fran Powell is from and Mrs. Kabobble was produced in the PBS studios of WDCN in Nashville. Her first show is a Nashville, Tn, television icon. It was produced in the 1960's and was called Jellybean Junction, also train based where a MUCH younger Fran played a musical train conductor. At the same time as Mrs. Kabobble in the 80's, she had a show with the man in the top hat called the Music Fun Factory. The man in the hat was a local artist who designed and personally built all the props and art for the show by hand. I believe his character was Professor Pickens on both shows and Fran played Mrs. Kabobble also. After these shows ended Fran Powell changed pace, touring local Elementary Schools in Nashville, Tn. to encourage kids to learn music. When my kids were in school she visited them several times and I was present at one of those assemblies and saw her myself. Helping out at a fund raiser at WDCN I wandered around the Actual Studio where the shows were filmed, a gigantic, cavernous, extremely dark and cold space. There, pushed in one corner, were ALL the props from this show and I can remember going over and punching the arms and watching them bounce and swing on their springs and wires. It was very cool.
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