Right on, Woody13
. I think that there's simply no economic incentive or government requirement to do any locally originating programming. The only local stuff WGN does now is morning, afternoon and evening news. And quite frankly they do have the best local news, in an hour-long format. (I rarely watch local news but I know where to find the best stuff.) The last incarnation of Bozo was a shade of its former glory.
My 6-year-old son was rapt with attention at Garfield Goose, and loved Ray Rayner with Cuddley Duddley. He kept asking me if we could see Bozo today. Sadly, no.
These performers and producers had style, personality, and wit. Most of today's "live-action" kids programming is sappy and condescending to the extreme. One thing that was great about Bozo, Gar and Ray is that they never talked down to kids. The only near equivalent I can think of is Pee Wee Herman's show from the 80s.
Most interesting trivia? Dan Castellenata based his Krusty the Klown voice on Bozo! Who knew? I guess it's kind of obvious now that I think about it.
Anyhow, thanks to Dean Richards et al for putting together a great show. I so wish that it the tapes were still around. I feel like I just took a bath in nostalgia. I remember so many things about those shows: Ray Rayner's double-sided Cubs/Sox hat, his weather reports with the umbrella rain hat, going to see Bozo live (my Mom ordered tickets when my sister was born in 1970. We went to the show in 1977!), the moving arrows (oh, no, it's a Mom). I had just a huge smile on my face the entire time, until the end....
When I was blinking away the tears watching the 25th anniversary reunion show at the Medinah Temple stage (also gone too...so sad) and the last pie fight. Just one question: what was with the cheerleaders?
P.S. I met Bob Bell, who lived in my home town, and he was really a sweet guy -- gracious and interesting. I was kind of star-struck, even though I was a sophormore in high school!
Edited by franabanana, Dec 26, 2005 @ 8:07 PM.