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A legend is silenced

Al Letellier
Al Letellier Member Posts: 781
How many of you remember him as Clarabelle the clown on The Howdy Doody show....those where the days. And I'm sure the Captain will be rolling over in his grave seeing what garbage our kids are exposed to today on the one eyed monster they call television. You will be missed, O Captain!

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  • John R. Hall
    John R. Hall Member Posts: 2,246
    R.I.P. Captain Kangaroo

    Another link to our past has died. Bob Keeshan, a.k.a. Captain Kangaroo passed away on Jan. 23rd. Some of you young whippersnappers wouldn't remember the Captain -- he was a classic. I remember many mornings as a child watching him come into my living room and bringing his pal Mr. Green Jeans and an array of puppet characters.

    I always feel a tug on the heartstrings when a link to my childhood passes away, especially one who meant so much to so many kids for over three decades. Rest in Peace Captain Kangaroo -- heaven has just welcomed a timeless entertainer.
  • Dave Gulbranson
    Dave Gulbranson Member Posts: 10

    I loved the ping pong ball gag so much as a kid. It still makes me smile when I think about it. The state of kids TV today is in such sorry shape that it scares me when I think about my kids generation. It's up to us parents to really pay attention to what our kids are watching, but it's so easy to let the TV do the babysitting for you. I think kids TV today is mostly adult content- its a shame. I must admit that I watch alittle Sponge Bob myself. Pay attention, love your kids and show it. They're your treasure. Bob Kieshan and Fred Rogers were real men who lived their love of children. I'll miss you Captian.
  • Paul Bock_2
    Paul Bock_2 Member Posts: 40
    right now i am keyboarding with one hand,

    because i have a medium sized green and purple dinasaur with a long tail curled up in my lap. yesterday he was batman allday. imagination is a great toy. captain kangaroo encouraged it in all of us. i encourage it in our home everyday. the captain will be greatly missed.
  • Fred Robinson
    Fred Robinson Member Posts: 23
    A legend is silenced

    Very thoughtful and considerate .comments. " It's not what you take with you when you leave this world but you leave behind" The Capt left us all a lot richer. I wish you all Peace of Mind.
  • Dave Yates (PAH)
    Dave Yates (PAH) Member Posts: 2,162
    life moved at a slower pace

    and we were all so innocent back then (at least that's what we told our parents.

    Goodnight Mr. Green Jeans

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  • tombig
    tombig Member Posts: 291
    Childhood Icons

    Wow, first Ray Raynor and now The Captain.

    They were both mainstays of my childhood TV. Ray was local (WGN-Chicago) with his own show AND Cookie the Clown on Bozo.

    And we're left with the Wiggles....Ugh!
  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
    The Captain

    Mr Moose, Grandfather clock, Mr Bunny rabbit, Mr Green Jeans, and the green grass grows all around all around, and the green grass grows all around. All part of my memories fo morning TV. Bob Ketchem was a marine in WWII. Lee Marvin told an audience one night on the Tonight Show, how "Captain Kangaroo" saved his life by carrying him down a hill under heavy fire in a battle in the South Pacific. He won a medal of honor for his bravery. Lee said "That Bob Ketcham was the toughest SOB I ever met." Thinking on that I can now imagine Captain K making Mr Green Jeans do push ups for missing a cue. RIP Mr Ketcham. Thanks for the memories

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  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    The Capt,

    Will be missed here also. I read Mike Mulligans Steam Shovel to my boys because of the Captain. I remember sitting and listening to him read. Bunny rabbit and Mr. Moose and the ping pong balls :).

    One of my trivia questions for people of our generation has always been " What was Tom Terrifics dogs name ? "

    Any takers ?


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  • eleft_4
    eleft_4 Member Posts: 509
    Mighty Manfred The Wonder Dog

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  • jim lockard
    jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059

    Do not forget "Make way for ducklings" and I just looked up Tom's dog was the Mighty Manfred along with Tom's arch enemy Crabby Applton. Have not thought of that stuff in 30 years. Bunny Rabbit will always be my favrite. J.Lockard
  • jim sokolovic
    jim sokolovic Member Posts: 439
    Tennis was the Captain's game...

    I grew up just 3 blocks from him - in Babylon, Long Island. I remember him being very seclusive, never having seen him in real life, though. All we knew of him was that he had a couple of tennis courts, surrounded by a high fence. We would peek over the fence, to try and catch a glimpse of him playing tennis in his captain's suit (how else would a child picture him?)!
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