Photo of Terry "Trooper Terry" Sams on the "Trooper Terry Show"
North Augusta, S.C. -
Countless children grew up here in the CSRA with the "Trooper Terry Show", which ran right here on WJBF News Channel 6 for 20 years. The show started airing on WJBF in 1961 and ended in 1981. It is said to be the longest-running kids program on WJBF News Channel 6. The program also included cartoons and film features.
Some of the children featured on the show, many of whom are part of the "Baby Boomer" generation, shared their fond memories of "Trooper" Terry Sams.
“He was so personable. He had such a personality you wanted to listen to him. I was kind of old for his kind of stuff, but I don’t know, I remember I had a connection with him,” said North Augusta resident Ben Ferraro, who was 18 when he started watching the show.
Graniteville resident Duane Cox knew Sams through his grandson. “His voice always brought joy to the room. He was very outgoing...always brought joy to the room.”
Another North Augusta resident knew Trooper Terry personally. “We appreciated Trooper Terry’s comedy while he was on television and teaching all our young kids humor. He was a real good Christian guy,” Harold Fields said.
Brian Bentley, of Augusta, remembers being on the "Trooper Terry Show" as a child. “I just remember being there with a bunch of kids that were six years old and being nervous, wondering what you were going to say when he came to you. I muttered something. There are local legends and then there are local legends, and he was numero uno in my book. I think a whole generation of Augustans, especially the 'Baby Boom' generation, are really sad today.”
Angie and Gary Dobos wrote, “Most every kid in the CSRA knew who Trooper Terry was...He was a true childhood hero!!”
Meg Thompson Webb shared, “…He was so funny and gracious. Was on twice as a child, and loved it. I wish children now had the experience that was Trooper Terry!”
M. Russell Reeves wrote, “I was on his show while in the cub scouts back in the 60's and was chosen to play the Booby Trap game and won a lot of prizes.”
Linda DeGutes shared, “Trooper Terry was an icon in [the] Augusta area. My kids watched Trooper Terry for years, and were in heaven every time they saw him around town. He made many children very happy over the years.”