It’s Always Bozo in Philadelphia
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Okay, one more, and then we’ll quit. Unless there’s another one.
But we like this one — even if it doesn’t mention us. It’s from a morning TV show. In Philadelphia. The same Philly TV station where Christine O’Donnell’s dad was a Redshirt Bozo. Allowing for ownership changes, of course.
The current owner? Rupert Murdoch. Channel 29 is a Fox O&O.
What inspired the coffeetime chitchat was a nice BozoGate piece in Friday’s Philadelphia Daily News. It doesn’t mention us either, but the reporter placed a call to Mr. O’Donnell — who answered — and heard this charming anecdote:
The father of the 41-year-old Senate candidate… said he was only a short-timer in the late 1960s when the regular actor who played Bozo on WIBF-TV was called away to a gig on Broadway…
One day the producer told him that the show would be canceled because snow had sidelined the bus driver who was supposed to bring in schoolchildren for that day’s audience.
But O’Donnell said he called his wife and rounded up a studio full of kids from the neighborhood. He said they were counting down to start the live telecast when one of the children ran into the booth and blurted out, “That’s not Bozo — that’s Mr. O’Donnell!”
No, really — that’s sweet. It may not be the “signature gig” that was first reported, but hey, any Bozo in a storm.
Christine O’Donnell’s dad: A local Bozo [Philadelphia Daily News]
O’Donnell’s Dad Played Bozo The Clown [Fox 29 Philly]
BOZOGATE: THE COMPLETE SAGA
7. It’s Always Bozo in Philadelphia