Vern Dailey, man behind the scenes of WFAA's 'Peppermint Place', dies

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Posted on October 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM

We are remembering a special member of the Channel 8 family Thursday.

Vern Dailey lost his battle with cancer.

You might not know his face, but you may well know his voice.

Vern Dailey was the hand and the voice behind "Muffin the Bear" and a menagerie of other puppets on Channel 8's "Peppermint Place." Along with host Jerry Haynes, he was also the heart.

Dailey started at WFAA in 1955 as an editor and projectionist, eventually moving up to director and Haynes' right hand man.

Dailey and Haynes created more than 6,000 episodes of "Peppermint" over the decades, before retiring in 1996. They were inducted together into the Silver Circle of the Lone Star Emmys -- honored for creating children's programming that was both enlightening and endearing.

Dailey was 83 years old. He is survived by three children, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jerry Haynes died a year ago, last week.

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