America’s #1 “Boing” Private Eye


John J. Fadoozle

Self-proclaimed title of the marionette police inspector who protected the fictional town of Doodyville on the 1950s children program THE HOWDY DOODY SHOW/NBC/1947-60.

The Inspector’s character was a by-product of an accident which damaged a duplicate copy of Howdy Doody’s wooden head. During transport via airplane, the puppet head split while stored in an un-pressurized part of the cargo hold. Not able to use the damaged duplicate head, a new one was created. However, it did not match to the original Howdy Doody puppet head, and so it was fitted with a mustache, a dark suit of clothing and christened “The Inspector.”

In 1952, unknown to the residents of Doodyville, the Inspector decided to run against Howdy Doody for the job of PRESIDENT OF ALL THE BOYS AND GIRLS, disguised as the mysterious MR. X.

Losing on election day, the Inspector unmasked himself and made a special announcement. From that day forward he was to be known as John J. Fadoozle, “America’s #1 ‘Boing’ Private Eye”.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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