Bob Keeshan was born June 27, 1927. Happy #76 to Captain Kangaroo.
Now, Fred Rogers was a fine man with a perfectly good show, but Captain Kangaroo was my guy as a young child. Mr. Rogers probably was more socially relevant or something. He probably did more to calm the nerves of children in crisis and such.
The Captain, however, made for a much more fun time. The pranking on the Captain particularly entertained me. He played the indulgent uncle who could take a joke. The images of the ping pong balls raining down on his head- and his reaction shots- that always thrilled me.
I note that apparently there are no videos of Captain Kangaroo available. Thus I end up having to list The Stupids movie as the top thing available with Keeshan. How wrong is that?
OK, looking closer, I have found a couple of minor VHS items, but it ain’t much of a representation for such an icon of childhood.