In Sunday’s “Times,” there was an obituary for Dick Sutcliffe whose idea it was to have Davey and Goliath show Lutheran values on TV on Sunday mornings. “Davey and Goliath” also supplied raw material to the comedy writers on Fox’s “Mad TV” for years.
“Davey and Goliath” wasn’t made by Sutcliffe, but by Art Clokey and Ruth Clokey Goodell, the creators of “Gumby and Pokey.” Sutcliffe wrote the 15 minute episodes about a boy (Davey, based on Sutcliffe’s son), his dog (Goliath) and his relationship to God. The show also featured Davey’s best friend, Jonathan, who was black. Davey was white. See Photofest photo above. The “Times” says this was one of the first interracial friendships depicted on TV.
For more go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/arts/design/25sutcliffe.html?ref=obituaries