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 http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/wab...pkangaroo.html


'Captain Kangaroo,' Bob Keeshan, Dies at Age 76

(New York-WABC, January 23, 2004) — Bob Keeshan, the television producer who created and ultimately became beloved children's personality Captain Kangaroo, has died. Keeshan, who was born in Lynbrook, Long Island, was 76.


Keeshan began his career by creating the character of Clarabell the Clown for the 'Howdy Doody Show.' He used that children's show experience to mold Captain Kangaroo, winning over generations of children and their parents through innovative approaches to interesting topics.


As the easy-going Captain with his big pockets and his bushy mustache, Keeshan lured children into close engagement with literature, science and especially music, adopting an approach which mixed pleasure and pedagogy.


Keeshan's approach represented a rejection of pressures towards the increased commercialization of children's programming as well as a toning-down of the high volume, slapstick style associated with earlier kid show hosts.


Keeshan was working as a receptionist at NBC-Radio's Manhattan office when Bob Smith started offering him small acting parts on his NBC-TV show, 'Triple B Ranch,' and then subsequently hired him as a special assistant for 'The Howdy Doody Show.'


Though Keeshan's initial responsibilities involved supervising props and talking to the children who were to be program guests, he was soon pulled on camera, bringing out prizes.


After appearing in clown garb on one episode to immense response, he took on the regular role of Clarabell, the mute clown who communicated by honking a horn.


Leaving the series in 1952, he played a succession of other clown characters, such as Corny, the host of WABC-TV's 'Time For Fun,' a noontime cartoon program, where he exerted pressure to remove from airplay cartoons he felt were too violent or perpetuated racial stereotyping.


While at WABC-TV, he played an Alpine toymaker on 'Tinker's Workshop,' an early morning program which served as the prototype for Captain Kangaroo.


The CBS network was searching for innovative new approaches to children's programming and approved the Kangaroo series submitted by Keeshan and long-time friend Jack Miller.


The series first aired in October 1955 and continued until 1985, making it the longest running children's series in network history. Keeshan not only vividly embodied the Captain, the friendly host of the Treasure House, but also played a central creative role on the daily series, supervising and actively contributing to the scripts and insuring the program's conformity to his conceptions of appropriate children's entertainment.
 

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I was a Captain Kangaroo regular watcher growing up. I didn't know he was Clarabell.

Is Mr Greenjeans still kicking?


larry
Apparently not:

http://www.littleorley.com/history.htm


Also, I have one of the Howdy Doody DVDs that has a color episode on it, the last one where Clarabell talks. Get at least one of these Howdy Doody DVDs - the commercials are a hoot!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...s=dvd&n=507846
 

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I have memories aplenty of Captain Kangaroo. I would love to see some kinescopes of some of the early shows.
 

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This is so sad. I couldn't have made it through the mornings as a kid without the Captain! :(


I'm going to go out and buy some ping-pong balls and drop them on my head as a memorial.
 

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The Captain, Mr. Green Jeans, Bunny Rabbit, Dancing Bear, Mr. Moose and Tom Terrific. They're all gone now and I suddenly feel older.:(
Ah, Tom Terrific. Every time I see a big funnel I want to put it on my head. And don't forget Mighty Manfred, (unh!) the wonder dog.
 

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Or Crabby Appleton (who's rotten to the core).


It pleases him when everyone's unhappy
 

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This thread has been a blast from the past!! I'd forgotten so many of these characters with the Captain that I grew up watching and being so entertained. I guess that's why they call them the 'Good Ol' Days'!

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I quess I was a rotten little kid, I was always rooting for him to crash his electric trains. I wanted to see 'em crash and burn! It was so easy for Gomez (Addams), I could never figur why the Captain couldn't get it right. ;) My sister and I had a running joke about Mr. Greengenes and Captain, like why are these two guys living together out in the country? Remember, our ages por favor!


Once I decided I was a Don't Bee and graduated from Romper Room, it was Captain Kangaroo for me. Anyway, it was on one of the few, two actually, stations that came in back then... TV reception weren't nary too fair in these hilly parts back then. I did like his trains!:)
 

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Romper Room. Oh, Yeah!!!

Ding Dong School.

Shari Lewis and Lambchops.

Felix the Cat, Poindexter, Master Cylinder, etc.

Beanie and Cecil.

Huckleberry Hound, Augie and Doggie Daddy, Jinx the Cat and Pixie and Dixie.

Casey Jones.

Davie Crockett (I had the hat).

The original Mouseketeers (I had that hat, too).

Sky King.

Roy Rogers.

Annie Oakley.

Howdy Doody, of course.

Rin-Tin-Tin.

Lassie (the first).

My Friend Flicka.

Men Into Space.

Clutch Cargo (briefly seen in PULP FICTION in the young Bruce Willis scene with Christopher Walken -- with Spinner and his dog Paddlefoot).

Space Angel.


My wife hasn't a clue about these, because she didn't have a TV when she was a little kid.
 

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...like I was a child star! I made numerous quest appearances on the Popeye Show, mostly on my birthdays. They had a Captain too!;) He was a real sea'farer'. I was like so sure he was drinking rum too. He needed to be drunk to put up with little smart a**'es like me.:cool:
 
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