Tooter the Turtle Goes to Washington

Tooter the turtle, Mr. Wizard the lizard and yours truly all made their debut in the fall of 1960. Sadly Tooter and Mr. Wizard were canceled in 1963, but lucky for us their wisdom lives on in the world of cartoon re-runs. The life lessons and profound social observations of Tooter and Mr. Wizard are perhaps even more relevant today then when they were first broadcast.

Mr. Wizard the lizard lived in a tiny house at the base of huge tree in the woods, he was a lizard of great wisdom and immense and mystical powers. Tooter the turtle was one of Mr. Wizard's closest friends despite his utter lack of practical knowledge or common sense. Each week Tooter would visit Mr. Wizard, bursting with excitement about a new career that he wished to explore. Tooter would beg his learned friend to use his powers and grant him his wish, and after cautioning his friend about the realities he would encounter Mr. Wizard would reluctantly transport Tooter through time and space to live his dream.


With the help of Mr. Wizard, Tooter was given the opportunity to experience a variety of careers including, police officer, sailor, prohibition era fed and
fire fighter. Each time Tooter was certain that his boundless enthusiasm for the job would make him successful and each time his own incompetence brought him to the brink of disaster. Lucky for Tooter the turtle, all he had to do was call out "Help Mr. Wizard, Help!" and his ordeal would be brought to an end as Mr. Wizard spoke the magical words "Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome, time for this one to come home."

What would have happened if Tooter the turtle had asked Mr. Wizard to make him President of the United States? Once transported into the Oval Office Tooter would soon be overwhelmed by the realities of leadership, a role for which he had no experience or natural ability. Dealing with economic issues, environmental disasters, and one foreign crisis after another, Tooter would soon be ready to go home.


The problem with being a turtle in the White House is that Tooter would enjoy the immense luxury, perks of office and power too much to just give up. Unlike his previous jobs, Tooter wouldn't have a boss to answer to and he would be able to escape the responsibilities of the job and play golf whenever he wanted to. If and when the people finally had enough of his disastrous presidency, all he would have to do is give "a shout out" to Mr. Wizard and all would be made right again.


What if something happened to Mr. Wizard while Tooter was busy playing at president? What if Tooter yelled out "Help, Mr. Wizard, Help!" and nothing happened? Stay tuned kids, I'm afraid we are going to find out.
Tooter the turtle, Mr. Wizard the lizard and yours truly all made their debut in the fall of 1960. Sadly Tooter and Mr. Wizard were canceled in 1963, but lucky for us their wisdom lives on in the world of cartoon re-runs. The life lessons and profound social observations of Tooter and Mr. Wizard are perhaps even more relevant today then when they were first broadcast.

Mr. Wizard the lizard lived in a tiny house at the base of huge tree in the woods, he was a lizard of great wisdom and immense and mystical powers. Tooter the turtle was one of Mr. Wizard's closest friends despite his utter lack of practical knowledge or common sense. Each week Tooter would visit Mr. Wizard, bursting with excitement about a new career that he wished to explore. Tooter would beg his learned friend to use his powers and grant him his wish, and after cautioning his friend about the realities he would encounter Mr. Wizard would reluctantly transport Tooter through time and space to live his dream.


With the help of Mr. Wizard, Tooter was given the opportunity to experience a variety of careers including, police officer, sailor, prohibition era fed and
fire fighter. Each time Tooter was certain that his boundless enthusiasm for the job would make him successful and each time his own incompetence brought him to the brink of disaster. Lucky for Tooter the turtle, all he had to do was call out "Help Mr. Wizard, Help!" and his ordeal would be brought to an end as Mr. Wizard spoke the magical words "Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome, time for this one to come home."

What would have happened if Tooter the turtle had asked Mr. Wizard to make him President of the United States? Once transported into the Oval Office Tooter would soon be overwhelmed by the realities of leadership, a role for which he had no experience or natural ability. Dealing with economic issues, environmental disasters, and one foreign crisis after another, Tooter would soon be ready to go home.


The problem with being a turtle in the White House is that Tooter would enjoy the immense luxury, perks of office and power too much to just give up. Unlike his previous jobs, Tooter wouldn't have a boss to answer to and he would be able to escape the responsibilities of the job and play golf whenever he wanted to. If and when the people finally had enough of his disastrous presidency, all he would have to do is give "a shout out" to Mr. Wizard and all would be made right again.


What if something happened to Mr. Wizard while Tooter was busy playing at president? What if Tooter yelled out "Help, Mr. Wizard, Help!" and nothing happened? Stay tuned kids, I'm afraid we are going to find out.

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