Saturday, January 24, 2004

From Gayle DePoli:

I can't believe he was only 76. Although I didn't work on the Captain's crew as a regular, it was still great to be around CBS Studio 45 when the Captain was taping. My generations "Barney". Can you imagine the treat to come out of college being all wide eyed that you landed a job at CBS and then seeing The Captain, Mr.Greenjeans, Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock, Mr. Moose and the Banana Man? The next generation added other great characters like Gus the painter. I think if the crews look hard enough, there may still be left over ping-pong balls in the grid. We use to find those ping-pong balls on shows recorded in the same studio years after the Captain left CBS.
'Captain Kangaroo' Dies
VOA News
24 Jan 2004, 01:51 UTC

Captain Kangaroo
October 1981
Bob Keeshan, known by millions of American children as television's grandfatherly Captain Kangaroo, has died after a long illness. He was 76.For nearly 30 years, from 1955 to 1984, Mr. Keeshan blended easy-going entertainment and education for children on the Captain Kangaroo show aired live on the CBS network.

His family says Mr. Keeshan considered himself an advocate for children and all that they deserve.

Mr. Keeshan was a former U.S. Marine during World War II. He began his acting career as Clarabell the Clown on The Howdy Doody Show.

In the Captain Kangaroo show, Mr. Keeshan wore a jacket with oversize, pouch-like pockets. His sidekicks on the show included Mr. Green Jeans and Bunny Rabbit.

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