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Final incarnation of WGN-TV's popular children's program, which featured songs, skits, games, educational segments and other activities featuring Bozo the Clown as host.

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Bob Bell Bob Bell ...  Bozo 1 episode, 1978
Roy Brown Roy Brown ...  Cooky the Cook 1 episode, 1978
Frazier Thomas Frazier Thomas ...  Circus Manager 1 episode, 1978
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An iconic children's show on Chicago's WGN television station. Children would go home from school at noon to have lunch and watch the show! They had a terrific band and funny skits with several clowns. In addition, the audience was entertained by stand alone circus acts from time to time. My favorite television game was "The Grand Prize Game", where children in the audience were chosen to play by camera arrows. They threw ping pong balls in buckets and the grand prize was a Schwinn Written by cathytidwel

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The famous obscenity
3 March 2006 | by fredhoffSee all my reviews

I remember watching this show in my home in Racine, Wisconsin--in the WGN viewing area--during the 1960s. I always liked Ray Rayner, who also hosted the Dick Tracy cartoons from his "Crimestopper Cruiser." In Bozo's Circus he played one of the supporting characters.

What distinguishes the show in my mind is the fact that it spawned a rumor that swept my junior high about 1964. The rumor had it that the 9 year-old contestant chosen from the audience to play the ball-in-the-bucket game (described in another review) had missed the sixth bucket, hence the biggest prize. He snapped out an on-air obscenity at Bozo! Whether it was true or not, most of the kids at school thought the story was hilarious, and it was still being repeated when I graduated from high school in 1969.


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