Throwback Thursday: TV and an early… - Wyoming Medical Center

Throwback Thursday: TV and an early Christmas arrive at the children's ward - May 20, 1954

By Kristy Bleizeffer Dec 11, 2014

Christmas came early to Memorial Hospital's children's ward on May 20, 1954. The Casper Junior Chamber of Commerce donated the ward's first television set while Community Television and Bowen Hardware donated installatin and services. Youngsters Jimmy Barham of Ten Sleep, Sharron Napper of Casper and Kathy Erickson of Casper got to watch the first TV show, though this Casper Star cutline doesn't say what it was.

Unfortunately, these patients came to the hospital just a few years too early. If they'd waited until 1961, they would have gotten an in-person visit from Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker, stars of the TV megahit “Bonanza." Or, if they'd held out to 1982, they could have talked with Darth Vader himself.

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#ThrowbackThursday is a series celebrating Wyoming Medical Center’s long and rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center which archives the vast Wyoming Medical Center collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia.