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This marker honors Chicago native, children's television pioneer, and puppeteer Burr Tillstrom (1917-1985). Tillstrom was the creator of Kukla, Fran and Ollie and the winner of over fifty entertainment industry awards, including five Emmys. Stephen Sondheim, as a young man, even wrote a TV song for Kukla and Ollie.
Tillstrom's longtime partner was Joseph Lockwood, Jr., stage manager and costume designer for Kukla, Fran and Ollie. The two men spent many summers vacationing in Saugatuck, MI. After Tillstrom's passing, the popular gay resort town honored him with a commemorative statue.
Tillstrom died in Palm Springs, CA. at age 68. Tillstrom was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2013. The Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction for Burr Tillstrom is located outside his former home at 1407 W. Sherwin Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626.