When my kids tell me they want to go on a TV show I know exactly how they feel. I wanted to go on Bozo the Clown when I was a kid and ride in the Bozo-mobile!
I would have probably loved nothing more than to wear a store-bought, Bozo the Clown costume for Halloween. I mean, what’s not to love about a cheap, flame-retardant costume, right? Ben Cooper, Inc., produced thousands of these things.
Clowns have never freaked me like they do some people. I had a roommate in college who made me put away the stuffed clown my grandmother made me when I was five because it made her have panic attacks. This is the same roommate who would dry heave if I talked while brushing my teeth. College could be a real eye-opener, friends.
I have to admit, this vintage Bozo puppet is a little scary.
Looks like an evil birthday clown. I think his nickname is Killer.
Sweet Bozo was created in the late 1940s, and was a popular kid’s show from the 1966 through the late 70s. I only remember it from the years we lived in Los Angeles and Colorado Springs though. By the time we moved to West Texas, access to my favorite kid shows declined. We lived in a rural town and I’m assuming cable lines had not yet been laid. Bummer, fer ser. I no longer got to watch Shazam, Isis, The New Zoo Review, the Little Rascals, Three Stooges or Bozo.
Flipper, Mickey Mouse, Bam-Bam Rubble Yogi Bear, Popeye, Batman and Bozo the Clown Bop Bags via Kerrytoon
The first piece of Gen X nostalgia I remember buying was a Bozo bop bag in my late 20s. =) If you had one of these as a kid you were super cool.
Did you like Bozo the Clown as a kid?