All-purpose exclamation of stoke and enthusiasm, popular among surfers in the 1950s and early 1960s. Chief Thunderthud, a character on NBC's popular children's program The Howdy Doody Show, used the made-up expression "kowabonga" to voice frustration or surprise. The world was an instant hit with its young studio audience. As Howdy Doody star Buffalo Bob Smith later recalled, "[actor] Bill Lecorne...

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