Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bozo's Circus is on the air!

Bozo's Circus is on the air! Those words were like magic to little children in the 60's and 70's. At least here in the Chicago area. Children would run to the television at noon to watch Bozo and his terrific friends. For one short hour there would be no fighting, no yelling, no complaining, just children sitting in front of the television mesmerized by the colorful characters, games, and cartoons.

When I was in the third grade our entire class went on a "field trip" to Bozo Circus. I am not sure what educational benefit we were going to acquire from such a field trip but I do remember it was fun. Who could forget Bozo, Mr. Ned the Ringmaster, Oliver O Oliver, and Cooky the cook? Bozo would yell out "Whose Your Favorite Clown?", well heck, everyone knew that answer...Bozo of course!

It was exciting sitting on those wooden bleachers being right there in PERSON at the Bozo Circus show, plus we were on TELEVISION. Holy smokes! We had to keep a smile on our face and pay attention, no day dreaming for this hour. No squirming, pushing, or poking, behave! Before we knew it, it was time to play the GRAND PRIZE GAME. Remember the arrows that would move around the audience and randomly pick a special boy and girl to play the game? I didn't get picked, but one of the students from my school got picked. Yep, he has bragging rights, he played the GRAND PRIZE GAME. Guess what, he won too! He won a brand new bicycle, how cool was that? You know he was the "man" for a long time after that at school, his popularity rose about 110%. I always wondered how he got that bicycle home, it didn't go back to school on the bus with us.

Due to a little computer problem (on the operator, not the PC) this is being posted late. It should have been a Monday Memory...thanks for reading!


Cindy said...

I always loved those field trips that had no "real" educational value - thanks for sharing this story and thanks so much for stopping by my "other" blog - I like having my genea friends over to visit.

Msteri said...

Bozo! Yes, who could forget! Great fun post!

DianaR said...

Hi ~
I've awarded you a Kreativ Blogger Award. You can pick it up at Random Relatives.


(I always loved Bozo!!)

Taylorstales-Genealogy said...

Thank you friends for the comments about field trips and Bozo circus! Those were great times!

Apple said...

We had Saturday Showboat nut I never got to go. We also had the Magic Toyshop. Those old local shows were great. Thanks for the memory.

The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!