(WALLY'S WORKSHOP To millions of do-it-yourselfers, "Wally...)
WALLY'S WORKSHOP To millions of do-it-yourselfers, "Wally's Workshop"-the national television show - has been as close to having a handyman around the house as anyone is likely to get today. Like Julia Child instructing us in the art of French cookery or Thalassa Cruso showing the budding gardener how to make things grow, Wally Bruner demonstrates each week to his vast TV audience that home improvements and repairs can be easy, fun to do and, compared with having someone else do them, relatively inexpensive. Here, in his first book, is Wally to show you how to accomplish some fairly major repairs and improvements about the house or apartment. His no-nonsense instructions and personally proven methods, along with the book's hundreds of easy-to-follow photographs, allow even the newest of recruits to the ranks of handymanism to do everything from simple upholstery to putting down a floor, wallpapering a room (or house), tiling a bathroom or putting up paneling with maximum efficiency and minimum effort. Wally's Workshop is a very special do-it-yourself book, one that gives you as a guide America's best-known handyman.
Early in his career, Bruner worked for WTTV in Bloomington, Indiana, as a weatherman. He began work with ABC as a White House correspondent in the mid-1960s; he also covered stories on Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.
He built and operated Radio Station WKZI in Casey, Illinois with his first wife, Patricia. He also was News Director of KTVK, the then ABC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.
He then became a congressional correspondent for UPI in 1968. That same year he became host of the popular CBS television game show What’s My Line?, where celebrity panelists had to guess the occupation of various contestants on the show.
In 1970 he became president of Pan Media Productions and in 1971 he began producing and hosting a home improvement show called Wally’s Workshop. He issued a book under the same title in 1973 and produced a series of more than two dozen books on home repair ideas.
His show continued into the mid-1980s and was syndicated in eighty markets. He also owned Walnat Co. Productions in Indianapolis.
His later career included teaching journalism at Ball State University and working as his wife’s campaign manager in a bid for a congressional seat.
(WALLY'S WORKSHOP To millions of do-it-yourselfers, "Wally...)1973
Wally Bruner was also active in politics. He produced an album of poetry with Senator Everett Dirksen (R-Illinois) and created one of the first film libraries for the purpose of selling archived interviews and footage to the network news programs.
Bruner married his classmate Patricia Ray Thomas. They had eight children: Rickey, Sherri, Michael, Ted and Tim (twins), Kathy and Kevin (twins), and Kristine. They divorced in the late 1960s. Later Bruner married Natalie. They had two children.