Thursday, October 9, 2008


2008 has been a bad year as far as losing Los Angeles-based TV icons from the past - Engineer Bill, newsman George Putnam, music show host Lloyd Thaxton (just the other day), and now Chucko the Clown - in real life, Charles Runyon.

For nearly a decade, Chucko hosted a daily birthday party with his "peanut gallery" filled with kids whose birthday was that particular day.

I grew up in Connecticut, so I can't give Chucko and Mr. Runyon the proper tip o' the Toob-hat they deserve. So check out
Mark Evanier's tribute at his blog "News From ME", complete with a video remembrance from a TV special hosted by Tony Dow. (The blog is regularly listed to the left as well.)

A little song, a little dance...
A little seltzer down your pants.

Toby O'B

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Really cool site. Is that first Picture, Chucko jr in 1973 when he was on Circus vargas which I think was called Miller/Johnson ?