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Captain 11
Genre children's program
Starring Dave Dedrick
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 41
Production
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) KELO-TV
Release
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original release March 7, 1955 (1955-03-07) – December 28, 1996 (1996-12-28)

Captain 11 was a popular after-school children's program for over 41 years on KELO-TV, broadcast on channel 11 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Station weatherman Dave Dedrick donned a yellow-trimmed blue pilot uniform with hat and daily (later weekly as cable TV began to cut into its ratings) became the jolly host of the show. The show primarily played cartoons and other children's fare, and featured the Captain having all the kids (his "crew") introduce themselves on the air, guessing to win the toy chest, and children with birthdays working the Captain's control panel of lights and switches. The show ended with the Captain playing the "freezeberg" game with the children, having them: Face the camera and wave one hand: then wave both hands: followed by wave both hands and one foot then wave both hands and both feet which usually resulted in most of the kids jumping up and down while facing the camera. Finally, the Captain would tell them to "freeze", not moving a muscle as the camera panned over the crowd of kids attempting to remain still.

The Captain 11 charge

The show opened with an animated space scene, slowly zooming in to the Captain's space ship, with this charge voiced over:

"Captain 11! Today's man of the future!"

One man in each century is given the power to control time. The man chosen to receive this power is carefully selected. He must be kind. He must be fair. He must be brave. You have fulfilled these requirements; and, we of the Outer Galaxies designate to you the wisdom of Solomon and the strength of Atlas. You are Captain 11!
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