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July 06, 2008



There is Blue's Clues that has been around forever. There are live stage show versions of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! There are scary clown things on the Disney channel in the morning called Doodlebops that are insanely popular with the under 5 set. Otherwise I think everything for pre-school aged children now a days is a cartoon.


Jennifer, none of those are local shows. That was the question....I am curious too.


As a youngster growing up in Chicago in the late 60s, I had the privilege of attending a Bob Bell Bozo taping. And I was the coolest kid in school (okay, kindergarten) because of it.


Jesse Helms probably had a delayed aneurysm because his home state went to a black guy in the primary. As a resident, I'm happy to say that, for the most part, the state has evolved far more than that sorry excuse for a man did, who spent his life peddling fear that was rooted in anything but reality. Damn bigot.


How many children has that man terrified during his long reign as Bozo?


I read the obit on Larry Harmon and almost breathed a sigh of relief. Clowns are scary, and Bozo was the scariest of them all. And to think there were hundreds trained over the years to scare even more children. Holy Cow! And what about Paul Winchell and the really scary Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smith! Ventriloquist dummies! Give me Sheriff John any day, a nice role model for kids who was on at lunchtime and got kids to drink their milk with the red light/green light game. Captain Kangaroo, a nice guy with all those keys and his buddy Mr. Moose. Now those were comforting figures, but clowns! Not happening here.
I can't think of any children's shows that are actually made for local markets these days. It's all been done - clowns, sock puppets, milk. What else is there?


They have It's Curtoon Time through Cox in Orange County


...Romper Room, ha ha ha, heard a funny story the other day, about a bratty kid being kicked off of Romper Room. What ever happened to Miss Maryann?


I don't understand why so many people have a fear of clowns. They aren't my favorite part of the circus (trapeze) but it wouldn't be the same without them.


I have never once in my life found clowns scary, and often laugh at those who do, but that photo...that was scarier than Tim Curry as "It"!

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