Traynor Ora Halftown, 86, host of a children's show on Philadelphia television for nearly half a century, died there Saturday. The cause was diabetes, according to WPVI-TV, the station that aired his show, Chief Halftown.
A Seneca Indian, Mr. Halftown was born in Buffalo, N.Y., grew up in Jamestown, N.Y., and served in the Army in World War II before moving to Philadelphia.
Chief Halftown, which ran from the early 1950s to the late '90s, featured him in a headdress and a vest introducing cartoons and live amateur acts. He tried to give children an accurate portrait of Indians.