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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.

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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.


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