Sep 222010
About Casey Jones

The 1950’s and 60’s were a special time for children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Each day there was a kiddy television show called Lunch With Casey. It featured Roger Awsumb as railroad engineer Casey Jones and aired on WTCN channel 11. Roger Awsumb was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on July 10, 1928 to Ardin and [more]

Oct 072015
Remembering Jimmy Jenson

Jimmy Jenson, known as the “Swingin’ Swede,” passed away on August 7, 2015 at the age of 84.    Jimmy is best known to fans of Lunch with Casey for his rendition of “Walking in My Winter Underwear.”    Roger Awsumb, as Casey Jones, would lip sync to the song in a popular clip from the [more]

Aug 092015
Lunch With Casey in TV Guide 1961

This advertisement appeared a couple times in TV Guide in 1961-62.  At some point in 1961, the Casey Jones program moved from the 5PM slot back to it’s traditional 12 noon time slot.  This is when the show name officially became “Lunch With Casey.” Casey’s show started in 1954 at noon and held that slot [more]

Jul 192014
Bob Duerr from the Como Park Zoo

We all remember Bob Duerr’s frequent visits to Lunch With Casey.   This is a vintage press photo from 1967.   The caption that came with the photo reads “What a way to weigh a python.  Bob Duerr, Como Zoo reptile keeper, stands on a scale with a 16-foot, 1-inch female regal python wrapped around him 1/9 [more]

Feb 012014
Chef Hank Meadows

Chef Hank Meadows was a well known personality on WTCN-TV, frequently delivering meals to Casey Jones. He hosted a daily cooking show, which ran for 15 years on channel 11.  He promoted his program by creating the “Tired Housewives Club,” who would meet monthly for lunch with local celebrities.   The group at one point claimed [more]