John Rovick might be better known to countless fans that grew up in the Los Angeles area as KTTV's 'Sheriff John'. For eighteen years, Rovick captured the hearts of many LA youngsters.
"Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade" and his afternoon show "Sheriff John's Cartoon Time" premiered in 1952 on KTTV and both were highly successful. The afternoon show being extremely popular, that it attracted more viewers than all the other programs during the same time period added together.
The same year (1952) he won an Emmy Award for Best Children's Program and five other nominations. Not to mention a host of other awards from the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments, City and County schools, and the Office of the Mayor among others.
According to an early KTTV press release, Sheriff John's Fun Brigade was "dedicated to chasing gloom and creating happy, smiling youngsters all over Southern California" with contests and prizes and his theme song "Laugh and Be Happy".
Anyone who grew up in Southern California in the 1950s or 1960s likely remembers his signature "birthday" song on his television show for kids.
Rovick, a World War II veteran, won an Emmy for his show died in Boise, Idaho after a brief illness according to his widow. Boise, Idaho, after a brief illness.
FROM FACEBOOK FOLLOWER DAVID GRUDT:
Hey Pablo, Thanks for using the pic I took of Sheriff John back in 2010. A friend of mine and I got to visit with him for about 2 hours at his assisted living place. We had also visited him in 2007 at his home, also for about 2 hours. He was very kind and appreciative that we stopped by both times and allowed us to take pictures.
I could not reach him last Tuesday to wish him a happy birthday- so I talked with his wife who lives in Glendale on Thursday. She told me that his health was going down hill fast as he had stopped eating and really just wanted to go. It was a sad ending, but she was grateful that he had made it to 93! Take care
David A. Grudt
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