EPISODE LAUNCHES MONDAY MORNING: At brioux.tv, most podcasts deal with the people who make television memories. What about, however, people who collect TV memorabilia? We’re talking toys and games, trading cards, comic books, autographs and puzzles?

Meet Canada keeper of every boomer’s childhood memories: Bruce Button (above). For close to 50 years, Button has been buying, selling and curating TV merch, specialising in pop memorabilia from the ‘60s. On this podcast, I visit his Hamilton, Ont., house, where four rooms are jammed full of Man from U.N.C.L.E. posters, Hogan’s Heroes and Beverly Hillbillies lunch boxes and board games based on everything from The Addams Family and Alf to Snagglepuss and Stingray

Button paid US$1000 for this original Napoleon Solo spy gun from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

His collection doesn’t stop there. His Beatles, Charlie Brown, Marx Bros. and Three Stooges goodies, not to mention his comic book, TV Guide and record collections, could fill at least one room alone.

Recognize that Snoopy soap dish on the left? It was an Avon product

If, like me, you still have a full set of Batman cards from the ‘60s, or a Kenner’s Give-a-Show Projector – or even if you simply know what those things are – you’ll want to listen in as Button gives a guided tour of his broadcast booty. His stories about meeting everyone from Channel 47’s Chuck the Night Watchman (Chas Lawther) to Tiny Tim are, well, one-of-a-kind.

For US$500, Button brought home this Munsters casting set from a recent Chicago Toy Show
Yes, Jim, there is an It’s About Time game!
I had Herman’s Munstermobile, but Grandpa’s Drag-u-la is still in the box at Button’s museum
What would you put in a Hogan’s Heroes lunchbox? Files? I know nothing!
When I was a kid in the ’60s, I had a quite a number of “Soakies” — cartoon character shampoo bottles. That’s Rocky & Bullwinkle soakies on the far right. They’d be worth a few bucks today. As for the red jacket, I have no idea.

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