If you were a kid growing up in the Quad-Cities in the 1960's and early 1970's Captain Ernie was must watch TV. He had the showboat, and cartoons, and more cartoons, and lots of fun entertainment. And, if you were really lucky - You got to be a member of the audience.
Ernie Mims or Captain Ernie, was actually the fourth Captain of the Dixie Belle. Previous Captains included - Ken Wagner in 1958, Vern Gielow in 1959, and Don Warren in 1963. Ernie Mims took his turn as Captain from 1965 until the shows end in 1974. You can read more about the show by visiting Captain Ernie at Unofficial Captain Ernie Web Page.