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  • Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

    Interesting to note, the first Bozo was also the voice of Goofy....

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...ECTRwD91MKVT00


    Larry Harmon, who turned the character Bozo the Clown into a show business staple that delighted children for more than a half-century, died Thursday of congestive heart failure. He was 83.

    His publicist, Jerry Digney, told The Associated Press he died at his home.
    Although not the original Bozo, Harmon portrayed the popular clown in countless appearances and, as an entrepreneur, he licensed the character to others, particularly dozens of television stations around the country. The stations in turn hired actors to be their local Bozos.

    "You might say, in a way, I was cloning BTC (Bozo the Clown) before anybody else out there got around to cloning DNA," Harmon told the AP in a 1996 interview.

    "Bozo is a combination of the wonderful wisdom of the adult and the childlike ways in all of us," Harmon said.

    Pinto Colvig, who also provided the voice for Walt Disney's Goofy, originated Bozo the Clown when Capitol Records introduced a series of children's records in 1946. Harmon would later meet his alter ego while answering a casting call to make personal appearances as a clown to promote the records.

    He got that job and eventually bought the rights to Bozo. Along the way, he embellished Bozo's distinctive look: the orange-tufted hair, the bulbous nose, the outlandish red, white and blue costume.
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    Re: Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

    Interesting. Back home in Michigan, our local ABC affiliate had its own Bozo show in the 70's-90's. I was on it twice (2nd grade & 6th grade class trips). The guy that played our Bozo, Dick Richards, was awesome. Years later when I was in high school, he remembered me (and my mom... who got suckered into playing the final game of the show the 2nd time I was on :lol: :evil: ).

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      Re: Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

      stinkerbell: 1
      scary clowns: 0

      RIP Bozo. :gladsad:

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        Re: Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

        I heard this news this morning on Good Morning America and again in a disscusion at work. Sad to hear of his passing.

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          Re: Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

          Count me among those who grew up with Bozo, among others, on TV. I so remember the Disney record he was a part of. And I got to meet him at one of his promotional appearances! What a thrill for a five-year old!

          Thank you, Larry Harmon.

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          God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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            Re: Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

            From memory...here's the lyrics to at least part of Bozo's theme song...

            "In a rocket ship I soar, or I explore the ocean floor
            but you must know...I'd never go
            Unless you come along!

            Bo-zo, Bo-zo
            always laugh, never frown
            Bo-zo, Bo-zo
            Bo-zo the Clown!"

            God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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              Re: Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

              I grew up near Chicago where they had a Bozo show and a ten year waiting list for tickets. I got to go to the show once and I still have fond memories from that day. Our Bozo, Bob Bell, was awesome.

              Bozo is the only clown I like and is not frightening.


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                Re: Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

                Darkbeer Wrote:

                Interesting to note, the first Bozo was also the voice of Goofy....
                Yeah, I read that somewhere.
                RIP Bozo
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                  Re: Larry Harmon, long time Bozo the Clown, passes away at 83

                  I was also on one of the locally produced versions of the Bozo Show in the early 1970's. Even though it wasn't Larry Harmon... it was still Bozo.

                  sad to hear of his passing.

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