#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, December 3rd, 2013 21:17
#2 By: Stefan Jones, December 3rd, 2013 21:30
New York City had its own bozo, with an elaborate set and full cast. I was a faithful watcher as a little tyke. My friend down the street got to be in the studio audience, which made me very jealous. I spotted him in the bleachers, helping bat around a giant balloon that Bozo had tossed up there.
When I was seven we went on a family trip to Arkansas. (I can tell you within a few days when this happened; Apollo 11 took off when we were down there.) One morning my aunt Dixie cheerily asked if we wanted to watch Bozo. Well, sure thing! My sister and cousins and I gathered around their (COLOR!) TV and settled down to . . .
. . . wait, that wasn't Bozo! I mean, it looked like Bozo, and there was the Professor and the Ringmaster, but the set was very sparse and Bozo didn't sound right.
For a kid, that was very freaky.
#3 By: Sam Paul, December 3rd, 2013 21:42
What happens if rule 2 conflicts with rule 1?
#4 By: incarnedine_v, December 3rd, 2013 22:03
#5 By: gracelovescostumesandhabaneros, December 3rd, 2013 22:08
I was very disappointed to discover just now that the "Cram it Clownie / That's a Bozo No No" episode was urban myth. Dumb Internet, you didn't need to rain on my clown parade.
Hwah, hwah, hwah, hwawawawahhhhhhh . . .
#6 By: John Christensen, December 3rd, 2013 23:16
Seems like this was the inspiration for a bit on Ren and Stimpy:
"I do hereby promise only to watch the Ren & Stimpy show,
to make under-leg noises during the good scenes,
to wear unwashed lederhosen every single day of
the rest of my life."
#7 By: Rob Northrup, December 3rd, 2013 23:28
Bozo's got nothing on Gene Autry or Tom Mix.
Number 5 on Autry's Cowboy Code, circa 1948. A cowboy "must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas."
Compare with The Ralston Straight Shooters Pledge of Allegiance of Tom Mix below. On the one hand, he has kids pledging to eat "the Official Straight Shooters cereal" to help build a stronger America. Ugh. On the other hand, at least Tom Mix prefaces it by advising kids to "Read Pledge carefully so you fully understand it. Then take Pledge by reading it aloud in the presence of your father or mother." What an alien concept, asking kids to read and understand it first. It would have been nice if our teachers had given us that much respect before they ordered us to mindlessly recite the actual Pledge of Allegiance.
#8 By: Tim Quinn, December 3rd, 2013 23:32
Because when you put on the nose it grows on you.
(what's the reference?)
#9 By: Alice Weir, December 3rd, 2013 23:51
So funny! Similar thing happened to me. I lived near Omaha, watched Bozo every single day. One day, my mom went to visit a friend. They told us her husband was THE Bozo. I was so excited! Got there, there's this middle-aged, pot-gutted, half-dressed guy with a Schlitz flopped out on a recliner. AND he was a grouchy obnoxious jerk! Better Santa the Hut, really.
Then we moved, and I found out he was only A Bozo, lol. Except clowns totally creep me out now...
#10 By: bombblastlightningwaltz, December 4th, 2013 00:36
Watch TV? Are you mad? Lost me at rule 1.
#11 By: Stefan Jones, December 4th, 2013 01:05
Would Bozo steer you wrong? Have you no gratitude?
#12 By: David, December 4th, 2013 05:39
It looks like the original TV production was in LA, so your NYC clown and mine from Chicago were, like this Arkansas performer, really just faux-zos.
#13 By: Boundegar, December 4th, 2013 08:29
It's almost like the Laws of Robotics. But clowns.
#14 By: Christopher Waldrop, December 4th, 2013 08:55
A friend of mine appeared on the Bozo show, which is the only time I can remember watching it. I preferred the truly local Sir Cecil Creape, although later my hero would be Commander USA. It still irks me that I just missed meeting him in person. He was in a cable TV booth at the annual downtown urban renewal festival the one year I chose not to go.
I still have my Commander USA fan club card, though, and have tried to remain faithful to the promise to be an all-around good guy forever. Sure!
#15 By: IMB, December 4th, 2013 09:01
Why were they called "Boosters"?
#16 By: Mister44, December 4th, 2013 09:27
That that reminds me of the first time I went to a neighbors house to watch the Incredible Hulk on a color TV.
HE WAS GREEN!!! AAAAHHHHH!!
#17 By: Stefan Jones, December 4th, 2013 09:39
"Booster" is a variant of "fan." A supporter / promoter.
#18 By: IMB, December 4th, 2013 09:54
Gotchya. I just kept thinking of child booster seats.
#19 By: Christopher Waldrop, December 4th, 2013 09:56
That's actually kind of fitting, although it was the kids who were propping up Bozo rather than the other way around.
#20 By: micah, December 4th, 2013 10:35
I got to play the Grand Prize Game on the WGN Bozo Show during Bob Bell's last year as Bozo. I was scared out of my mind and only made it to Bucket 3. Got some good Archway cookies and a bike lock out of it, though.
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