"My uncle was the town drunk, and we lived in Chicago."
- George Gobel in the 1950s
Emmy Award-winning comedian and TV host George Gobel was born in Chicago on May 20, 1919. He grew up in Albany Park and graduated from Roosevelt High School at 3436 West Wilson Avenue in 1937. George came from a show business family. Even before high school, George was a child star on radio singing and playing guitar as the "littlest cowboy" and "Little Georgie Gobel" on The National Barn Dance. The popular national radio show was aired by NBC and produced by WLS Radio in Chicago.