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Jonathan Ball points us to this sad passing: On your page regarding Chucko the Birthday Clown, you have a blurb that reads: "TVparty printed a false rumor that Chucko had passed away and we got this welcome message", and you then reproduce an e-mail you got from the original Chucko, Charles Runyon, affirming that he is alive.
Well, you're going to have to update that page, because now Mr. Runyon has apparently passed away for real. Here's a link to his obituary in the L.A. Times.
Chucko was another friend of the site, a devoted children's entertainer who touched many lives. Our condolences to his family.
"When I first saw 'Krusty the Clown' on The Simpsons, I thought affectionately of Chucko the Birthday Clown. They both had the same laugh and pretty much the same demeanor! Chucko was a real unique, oddball character, and I loved him." - Bob Shelton
We get a lot of requests from people wanting to get a copy of the Chucko the Birthday Clown show they were on as a kid. What they don't know is that TV stations routinely erased each day's program to tape the next day's - so very few episodes exist of any local children's shows.
Here are two rare video clips from Chucko, the Birthday Clown:
does a remote with the Los Angeles Fire Department's first fire-fighting
helicopter. Then it's back to the studio
for a pie eating contest.
No wonder, the show used those awful grocery store freezer cream pies from the early sixties. Chucko wipes pie into the eyes of the winner, then gives him a skateboard - called a "Ski and Skate" back then. What fun!
:TVparty printed a false rumor that Chucko had passed away and we got this welcome message:
"As for the whereabouts' of CHUCKO, I am not dead, but alive and in good health living in Grants Pass, Oregon.
During my reign in TV I was affectionately referred to as CHUCKO, THE BIRTHDAY CLOWN, upon my departure from television my son took over the title of CHUCKO from 1971 through l995.
"I have a lot of fond memories of the television days.I would like to converse by E-Mail with those who have participated on our TV Show from 1954 through l961.
"Best regards and thanks for your exciting programs"
CHUCKO, THE BIRTHDAY CLOWN
was released as a 78 rpm record,
here's the tune for you to enjoy!
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