Buffalo in the 70’s: John Corbett & Mr. Yuk

By Steve Cichon

Mr. Yuk is mean, Mr. Yuk is green.

Buffalo Stories archives

WBEN-TV’s John Corbett with Mr. Yuk in 1975.

Corbett anchored newscasts on Channel 4 through the 60’s and 70’s, and was a fixture on WBEN Radio hosting midday shows live from Hengerers, as well as afternoon drive show “Car and Kitchen.”

Mr. Yuk stickers were meant to warn small children about dangerous chemicals around the house– but wound up being something that some kids were attracted to instead of repulsed by.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.