Caring for Kids

Uncle Al’s Legacy of Helping Children Lives On

Ask anyone over the age of 30 who grew up in Cincinnati about Uncle Al and you’ll get an earful. You’ll hear cherished memories of a special man and a special show that touched the lives of generations of adoring little fans, encouraging them to dance, sing, learn and laugh.

“Al’s life was all about art, music and kids,” says Wanda Lewis, Al’s wife and his co-host Captain Windy. “He was always reaching out to people, always sharing his talents and kindness with others.”

When Al passed away earlier this year at age 84, Wanda asked that friends and family make a donation to Cincinnati Children’s instead of sending flowers. She felt memorial gifts to the medical center were the ideal way to pay tribute to her husband’s life-long legacy of giving to children.

“Al gave to kids all his life, so giving to Cincinnati Children’s was the perfect choice,” Wanda says. “It was a wonderful way to honor Al’s memory.”

Al's wife, Wanda Lewis, holds a photograph of them from the show.Al and Wanda Lewis were pioneers of children’s television programming. Al joined WCPO-TV in Cincinnati just as the station was going on air. He was instrumental in creating several different shows for the station.

“He was on air one morning, playing music with a band, when neighborhood children arrived at the set and participated in the show,”  Wanda remembers. “That was the beginning of the Uncle Al children’s show.”

Several years later, Wanda joined Al as Captain Windy. The Uncle Al Show (1950-1985) is one of the longest running shows in American history.

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