Columbia Record 1951.
Paul Tripp as Mr. I.Magination.
Orchestra conducted by Roy carter.
Children : Judith Gail Krasno and Karen Eisenberg.
Paul Tripp (February 20, 1911 – August 29, 2002) was a musician, author, songwriter, and television and film actor born in New York City. He held a masters degree in education. He collaborated with a fellow composer, George Kleinsinger. Tripp was the creator of the 1945 “Tubby the Tuba”, a children’s song that has become his best-known work. He authored several books, including Rabbi Santa Claus and Diary of a Leaf.
Early in his career, he was the host of Mr. I. Magination, which was aired by CBS from 1949 to 1952 featuring him as a train engineer who took children through a tunnel to meet with representatives of different occupations. Tripp later hosted Birthday House, a live (later taped) daily morning children’s show on WNBC that aired in New York for four years starting in 1963. A book of his, The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t, was produced as a movie in Rome in 1966, for which Tripp provided the screenplay and played a lead role.
Paul Tripp and his wife, Ruth Enders Tripp, used many avenues to engage children in educational activities and collaborated on many educational programs for children. Among those programs, they hosted a TV news magazine for teens entitled, “On The Carousel”, seen Saturday mornings on the CBS TV Network, from June 5, 1955 to September 26, 1959.
Every week The Tripps would engage their viewers and studio audiences in craftmaking, hobbies, science projects, art, history, and musical and dramatic offerings… including a live presentation of “Tubby The Tuba”.
“On The Carousel” won The NYC Emmy for “Best Children’s Educational TV Series” in 1957. Paul and Ruth Tripp were hosts on “On The Carousel” from June 5, 1955 to September 26, 1959.
Paul Tripp would also was the MC (master of ceremonies) for two children’s TV shows – “It’s Magic!”, seen Saturday nights on CBS TV during the summer of 1955, and he also would serve as the second host and performer of the WOR TV Channel 9 “Looney Tunes Show” weekday evenings from Monday January 12, 1959 to Friday July 10, 1959.
Paul Tripp’s final recording project was released in 1996 on Angel Records as Tubby the Tuba and Friends. The orchestral tracks “Tubby the Tuba”, “The Story of Celeste”, “Adventures of a Zoo”, and “Peepo the Piccolo” were recorded by the Radio Orchestra of Bratislava under the baton of Stephen Gunzenhauser. A final track, “Tuba the Tuba Meets a Jazz Band”, was recorded in New York City with Bob Stewart on tuba, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Paquito D’Rivera on clarinet, Marco Katz on trombone, Chuck Folds on piano, John Thomas on percussion, and Oliver Jackson on drums. Paul Tripp is the narrator on this recording. Several of the same instrumental tracks appear on a 2006 release called, Play it Happy on Koch Records that features Meredith Vieira on “Tubby the Tuba” and “Tubby the Tuba Meets a Jazz Band” and Paul Tripp on “The Story of Celeste”.
He also acted in other dramas on television, in the theater, and in movies.
The Tripps had two children, Suzanne (Jurmain) and David.