Blinky The Clown Passes Away
If you grew up in Denver or anywhere that KWGN Channel 2 reached (like western Nebraska where I grew up) you probably remember Blinky the Clown. Sadly he passed away this week at the age of 91. His real name was Russel Scott. From the Denver Post:
"Scott created a Colorado legend and legacy as Blinky, a red-nosed, plaid-jacketed, pouty-mouthed goof whose gentle humor made a would-be thief temporarily reform his ways and whose safety tips prompted generations of children to look both ways before crossing the street.
From 1958 to 1998, countless children began their days as Blinky greeted them with his "Good morning/Glad to see you!" song. Scott's career as a clown grew from sketches he performed for children who came to see the elaborate miniature circus he maintained at his home."
I started many days singing the Birthday Song and wanting to be one of the kids on the show.
Last year Blinky made an appearance at the Denver County Fair for a special reunion. The show ended in 1998 and he kept running his store in Denver until 2008. He sold the store. He had been staying at the Bear Creek Nursing Center in Morrison, Co when he died.