Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Clowning Around

Over on Baketown she posted a 'four things' post that included jobs.
In the comments it was pointed out she had worked as a party clown and Dexter points out that he was a party clown at some ice cream place on Ming.(hmmp, never heard of it. Of course how many people recall that the Lie'N'Den was once The Hot Dog Show - a kid's party place with a circus theme?)

Well it made me recall Zippy the Clown and a little story. First off I tried to find if there was anything on line about him. I only really found this Fired Up blog entry from about a year ago. Not much there and the comments drift off topic fast.

Zippy did the afternoon local kids cartoon show and the Sat kid shows at the Fox. He was always the sidekick, first with George Day and then later with Uncle Woody of the Toy Circus. I don't recall if Harry Mitchell(sp?) was ever with Zippy. In the days before over-indulgent parents rented limos and rented out sports arenas Zippy also hired out as party entertainment for kids.

Zippy was a 'little person', probably about four foot. He had a hard face - a really hard face - and didn't wear makeup. Instead he relied on the typical clown costume with a short but pointy hat, a vest over puffy shirt and pants sans oversized shoes.

One day when I was about 10 or 11, some of my friends and myself were walking home from school. Yes kids really did that! It was about 3/4 of a mile and we usually stopped at the liquor store and bought candy and soft drinks. There behind the gas station next door was parked a 1956 blue and white Ford and driving it was Zippy. We fast gathered 'round and all had to take a look at Zippy's booster cushioned seat and extended pedals. Zippy wasn't mean to us but he wasn't overly friendly like you would think a clown that spent his time with kids should be. No, what he was and we all knew it, was pretty well boozed up. As we continued the walk home we sort of gossiped about it as we walked away then started laughing realizing what a pain in the ass job he had.

drunk clown
(In an effort to find some kind of graphic to add to this post I did a google image search on 'midget clown'. I honestly had no idea there was so much porn involving midgets and clowns. Ain't the internet grand? Surely those boys over at the Californian have some photos of ol Zippy.)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats a great post.

9:41 AM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David check out what some one calling himself uncle woody said.


4:24 PM, August 02, 2006  

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