Growing up as a child of 2 to 12 years old, in the 1960's & 70's, my TV viewing habits tended toward the likes of Bob McAllister's Wonderama (1955-1980's), Sally Baker's Hobo Kelly & Hobo Junction [ Yes, I WAS (some might say still am) a Mischief Maker ] & the Toy Machine, Bob Keeshan's Captain Kangaroo, Mary Ann King's Romper Room ( never was seen in the Magic Mirror, though, darn it! ) in Los Angeles from 1966-77, and Bozo the Clown.
It wasn't until years later that I learned that MY Bozo was probably not THE BOZO, but one trained who was trained by The Original, from the 1950's, Larry Harmon.
Interestingly, in researching further, this story, I just learned, from the website of the Museum, that Colvigs SON was MY Bozo 1962 to 64 ( He was Bozo on Local TV station KTLA from 1959 to 64 ).
No, my world WASN'T turned upside down by these revelations, and NO I"m not freakin' out over the latest twist in the Bozo Saga. :-)
I just find it interesting.
For years, promoter and entertainer Larry Harmon claimed to have both created the character and said he was the original.
Now the International Clown Hall of Fame in downtown Milwaukee is formally endorsing a different version: Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston created Bozo for recordings in 1946, and the late Vance "Pinto" Colvig was the first person to play the clown.
On Friday, the hall is posthumously inducting Colvig as the first Bozo.
That reverses the hall's "Lifetime of Laughter Award" given to Harmon in 1990 as Bozo's creator. The hall has since taken Harmon's plaque off its honor wall.
Is there anyone out there who remembers the old Bozo cartoons, the name of Bozo's sidekick, and the names of some the other characters?
I have fond, though vague, memories of those cartoons. :-)
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Feel free to share your memories, of all of these shows, in the comments. :-)