In search of Bozo

Full story: Chicago Tribune

They're a couple of faint marks on the floor, just tape residue, in Studio 1 at the WGN-TV headquarters on the Northwest Side, a few feet from where the daily lottery drawings are held.

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Hmmmmm

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Feb 18, 2009
 
There isn't enough locally-produced entertainment on television today. Please bring this show back.
ffej

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#2
Feb 18, 2009
 
he anchors the morning news on wgn!
Jamie

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#3
Feb 18, 2009
 
I loved that show. I actually made it on the show twice in my life. The first time I believe I was about 5 or 6 and those magic arrows picked me to play the Bozo buckets. I think I made it to bucket 4 or 5. The second time I went I think I was about 12 or 13 and was picked to play one of the other games. I wish there was some way to get access to old video. I would have loved to have a copy of my appearances.
Corey

Chicago, IL

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#4
Feb 18, 2009
 
Much badness in the world has happened since Bozo went off the air. We all could use just a little Bozo in our lives.
Danielle Sell

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#5
Feb 18, 2009
 
I was Diana's intern in the summer of 2001 when the Bozo show ended. Actually, my first day there was the final taping of the Bozo show. It was exciting and fun but sad all at the same time. When we were cleaning out the items in storage to bring to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, there were still name cards in the big wheel that chose kids names for Bozo Buckets. As I pulled the names out (with almost my entire body inside the wheel - it was HUGE!!) this melancholy feeling came over me with each name I pulled out. Each was a shot-down dream of playing the Grand Prize Game...a game that would no longer be played.

Let us all remember and cherish the wonderment of childhood - it can heal the soul.
Still my favorite show

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#6
Feb 18, 2009
 
When asked to list my favorite TV shows on facebook, I listed Bozo. TV today just plain stinks. It's kind of laughable that I list it even though it hasn't been on in 20 years or so. I was from the generation of the 70's that could watch the one hour show everyday at noon. Nothing on TV was (or is) more entertaining!
Ken Druhot

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#7
Feb 18, 2009
 
I moved to Southern California 24 yrs ago and went to work for the San Marcos Post Office. One of the residents that I delivered mail to was Bob Bell. He was quite an affable character. And he actually sounded just like he did on the show. He always found time to shoot the breeze. What great memories of the only Bozo we knew. Our kids grew up with his show.
Homer

Libertyville, IL

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#8
Feb 18, 2009
 
Most clowns are creepy characters that actally frighten kids, but the clowns on Bozo were entertaining and not at all weird.
MDV

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Feb 18, 2009
 
My mother was able to get us tickets--I think it was in the early part of 1963. My brother wasn't quite 4 yet and I was in the 3rd grade at school. Even with it being Bozo, they wouldn't excuse me from school because is was Illinois State exams and I had to be present to take the tests.

But my mother took my brother and he ended up on the Grand Prize Game!! I didn't even see it that afternoon because I remained at school for lunch. What a surprise when I came home from school and he was playing with the toys he won!
Bruce B

Marengo, IL

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#10
Feb 18, 2009
 
Did they find any "New Mode Hose with the No-Bind Top"?
crobb

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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#11
Feb 18, 2009
 
Oops. Sorry, I thought this was a story about ex-Governor Blagojevich. My mistake.
WhyCryNow

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#12
Feb 18, 2009
 
Thank-you Tribune for this heart-warming article. It brought back
memories of better times and brighter days, a ray of sunshine
in these dismal times. And thank-you further for the accompaning
photo gallery. You should print them into a book and make them
available to the public for purchase, I'm sure the public would love it.
it.
DMA

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#13
Feb 18, 2009
 
I was a contestant on the Grand Prize Game back in '85 and actually got all six buckets. Unfortunately after talking to a producer on the show, all the tapes from '85 to '01 were scrapped. If anyone reading this blog knows if they were put in some storage bin, please comment as I'd like to see myself when I was 18 tossing balls in a bucket - kidding 11.
RUT ROH

Lisle, IL

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#14
Feb 18, 2009
 
So there is a potential job for Burris when he gets kicked out of the senate.
David Smith

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#15
Feb 18, 2009
 
Local televison no longer has the imagination it once did. All we get now are exploitive talk shows and countless "judge" shows.To put on a locally produced kids show would require creativity and sweat. Today's local TV is not about to attempt that as long as they can get decent ratings by airing crap.
Bozobell

Zachary, LA

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#16
Feb 18, 2009
 
When I was born my mother ordered tickets. At that time there was 5 year waiting list. So, For my 5th birthday party we went to Bozo.
Bell was the one and only Bozo. Thanks for all the memories!
Droncz92

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#17
Feb 18, 2009
 
I watched this everyday growing up, I am 25 now, and boy would it be awsome if they brought bozo back in some way shape or form.
Lynn-Appleton

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#18
Feb 18, 2009
 
I lived in Sparta, Wisconsin and knew that I'd NEVER be able to get to see Bozo. I always thought, "If only I could do the Grand Prize Game, I'd show them". What wonderful memories. I'd love for my grandchildren to be able to see a program like this. Bring back BOZO!!!
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#19
Feb 18, 2009
 
...who can forget the cartoons (Bozo and his friend Butchie Boy)...often used to quickly pan away from a trapeeze artist that fell off the high wire (6 feet)or when one of the kids said something that was off color (a Bozo no-no)...."who's your favorite clown....Bozo, hey that's me".....
Lac DuBay

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#20
Feb 18, 2009
 
[In search of Bozo]

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