Hosted hit children's show 'Cartoon Express'

Bill Stulla, who as the star of local TV’s “Cartoon Express with Engineer Bill” entertained young baby boomers with the “red light, green light” milk game and model trains, has died. He was 97.

Stulla died Aug. 12 in Westlake Village, said Kathryn Stulla Mackensen, his daughter.

A New York City native, Stulla worked in at KFI radio in Los Angeles and at NBC-TV before he and his wife, radio producer Ruth Franzen, created the KHJ-TV Channel 9 program “Cartoon Express with Engineer Bill.”

Decked out in an engineer’s cap and overalls, Stulla played Engineer Bill on the series from 1955 to 1966, showcasing cartoons and train sets. He won two Emmy awards for the show.

The milk game was a trademark of the show. An announcer would give young viewers and Engineer Bill the “green light” cue to slurp their milk and “red light” to stop, sometimes tripping up Bill and the kids with playful miscues.

Stulla, a World War II veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star for his work with the Army Signal Corps in India and Burma, became a stockbroker after leaving TV, his daughter said.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Westlake Village Inn, 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village.

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