Message from King County Executive Dow Constantine:
Chris Wedes, as J.P. Patches, and the wonderful Bob Newman, as his sidekick Gertrude and many other regular characters, entertained several generations of from 1958-1981, playing cartoons and playing around. Their slapstick-and-wordplay routines, largely ad-libbed, occasionally left a few kids bewildered and the players themselves in stitches. My first television appearance was on J.P., in the late 1960′s, as part of my cousin Steve’s birthday party.
At age 83, Chris Wedes is retiring from personal appearances after today’s noon mainstage show at the Fishermen’s Fall Festival at Seattle Fisherman’s Terminal. I was delighted to again meet him in February 2008, when he visited King County Council chambers.
I’d like to extend my best wishes to Chris Wedes on his retirement. Thank you for the gift of gentle humor and wit you have given to thousands of us Patches Pals.