"My first boyfriend's mother had told me that 'ugga-mugga' was a catchphrase from the roaring twenties. I brought it, and the Eskimo kiss, to Daniel's clock, and at first Fred did not like the expression of affection. I had been raised with Kukla, Fran & Ollie, and Fran often expressed her love for Kukla and Ollie by touching them. This made them more real to me. Daniel, who came more and more to embody the earliest of the Early Childhood Development stages, was very real to me, and very dear. Since Fred was not physically demonstrative, and did not want me to be touchy-feeley with the puppets, I was able to bring my profound fondness for Daniel, and my grateful appreciation of Fred into the 4 syllables of 'nonsense'. It was always hard to say goodbye to Daniel, and the 'ugga-mugga' became a loving ritual for us."
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