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Memorial for 'Wallace and Ladmo' star Bill Thompson set for Aug. 11

PHOENIX -- A memorial for Bill Thompson, aka Wallace of the "Wallace and Ladmo Show," has been scheduled for Aug. 11 at a metro Phoenix movie theater.

The beloved Thompson died Wednesday. He was 82.

The remembrance of the TV icon is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Harkins Tempe Marketplace's Cine Capri, which seats about 600.

Thompson starred on the popular kids' show from 1954 until it ended in 1989. He and co-stars Ladimir Kwiaktowski (Ladmo) and Pat McMahon created characters that connected with children and adults.

Kwiatkowski died in 1994. McMahon is a host at News/Talk 92.3 KTAR.

AZTV will broadcast "The Wallace and Ladmo 50th Anniversary Special" Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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