A Few Minutes With Captain Chesapeake





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Published on Sep 24, 2006

John House provides a long-lost interview with George Lewis, host of Baltimore kids' favorite "Captain Chesapeake", including brief show footage with Mondy the Sea Monster and personal appearances. A typical program open is seen at the end of this clip.

Captain Chesapeake was a morning and afternoon children's show in Baltimore, hosted by George A. Lewis (born: 24 Nov 1926 - died: 18 Dec 2000). The show aired from April 12,1971 - 1990. Lewis hosted a similar show, Captain Pitt on channel 22 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lewis began his career as the children's host of the Steamboat Bill and Mr. Cartoon shows in Huntington, West Virginia from 1957 until 1970. Lewis also acted as Ghost Host on a late night horror movie show, and did news prior to 1988.

Children in Baltimore could become "crew members" on the show.

The Captain Chesapeake show began with the ditty "A shipwrecked sailor found himself in a plight. Lost at sea he was really a sight. He swam and swam 'til he thought he'd die, when a wondrous sight appeared to his eye. A derelict boat that saved his life and put an end to his watery strife."

The theme song was the Bob Crosby Tune "Stumbling" by The Three Suns.

Please contact me if you have ANY old tapes of Captain Chesapeake (or any other Baltimore originated kid shows.)

Want more Baltimore kid show memories? Visit Gary Helton's site:


Did you grow-up around Washington DC? Visit http://KaptainKidshow.com


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