Time to disconnect and pack up the 'puter ...
We leave Wednesday, and good Lord willing will have internet again come Saturday night!
Be good, love on your families and please don't do anything too earth-shattering 'til I get back!
Talk to you next time from here:
We are int he final stages of packing, cleaning and and prepping for the BIG MOVE!
There's not much to update on, except we're packing 14 hours a day. The kids have been amazing through the entire process- although butterflies are starting to set in regarding going back to public school the first week of September.
I can't believe they will BOTH be in high school this year. Sigh.
Well, back to it!
I will be posting another exciting music giveaway later this week in conjunction iwth EMI Music, so be sure to check back!
We move in just a few days (leaving the 23rd), and things are going pretty much on schedule. That's the great news.
The rough news is that the pain from the neuropathy is almost unbearable, and is keeping me from getting any sleep. Normal pain relievers don't touch this (ie Aleve, Tylenol, etc) and no one wants to try new meds until I've settled with the new doctor on the 29th.
That seems like an awfully log way away right now ...
If you guys would be praying for some relief, wow. I'd appreciate it.
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Larry Harmon, who turned
the character Bozo the Clown into a show business staple that delighted
children for more than a half-century, died Thursday of congestive
heart failure. He was 83.
Although not the original Bozo, Larry Harmon portrayed the popular frizzy-haired clown in countless appearances.
His publicist, Jerry Digney, told The Associated Press he died at his home.
Although not the original Bozo, Harmon portrayed the popular clown in
countless appearances and, as an entrepreneur, he licensed the
character to others, particularly dozens of television stations around
the country. The stations in turn hired actors to be their local Bozos.
"You might say, in a way, I was cloning BTC (Bozo the Clown) before
anybody else out there got around to cloning DNA," Harmon told the AP
in a 1996 interview.
"Bozo is a combination of the wonderful wisdom of the adult and the childlike ways in all of us," Harmon said.
Pinto Colvig, who also provided the voice for Walt Disney's Goofy,
originated Bozo the Clown when Capitol Records introduced a series of
children's records in 1946. Harmon would later meet his alter ego while
answering a casting call to make personal appearances as a clown to
promote the records.
He got that job and eventually bought the
rights to Bozo. Along the way, he embellished Bozo's distinctive look:
the orange-tufted hair, the bulbous nose, the outlandish red, white and
"I felt if I could plant my size 83AAA shoes on this planet, (people) would never be able to forget those footprints," he said.
Susan Harmon, his wife of 29 years, indicated Harmon was the perfect fit for Bozo.
"He was the most optimistic man I ever met. He always saw a bright
side; he always had something good to say about everybody. He was the
love of my life," she said Thursday.
The business -- combining
animation, licensing of the character, and personal appearances -- made
millions, as Harmon trained more than 200 Bozos over the years to
represent him in local markets.
"I'm looking for that sparkle in
the eyes, that emotion, feeling, directness, warmth. That is so
important," he said of his criteria for becoming a Bozo.
Chicago version of Bozo ran on WGN-TV in Chicago for 40 years and was
seen in many other cities after cable television transformed WGN into a
Bozo -- portrayed in Chicago for many years by Bob
Bell -- was so popular that the waiting list for tickets to a TV show
eventually stretched to a decade, prompting the station to stop taking
reservations for 10 years. On the day in 1990 when WGN started taking
reservations again, it took just five hours to book the show for five
more years. The phone company reported more than 27 million phone call
attempts had been made.
By the time the show bowed out in
Chicago, in 2001, it was the last locally produced version. Harmon said
at the time that he hoped to develop a new cable or network show, as
well as a Bozo feature film.
He became caught up in a minor
controversy in 2004 when the International Clown Hall of Fame in
Milwaukee took down a plaque honoring him as Bozo and formally endorsed
Colvig for creating the role. Harmon denied ever misrepresenting Bozo's
He said he was claiming credit only for what he added
to the character -- "What I sound like, what I look like, what I walk
like" -- and what he did to popularize Bozo.
"Isn't it a shame
the credit that was given to me for the work I have done, they
arbitrarily take it down, like I didn't do anything for the last 52
years," he told the AP at the time.
Harmon protected Bozo's reputation with a vengeance, while embracing those who poked good-natured fun at the clown.
As Bozo's influence spread through popular culture, his very name became a synonym for clownish behavior.
"It takes a lot of effort and energy to keep a character that old fresh
so kids today still know about him and want to buy the products," Karen
Raugust, executive editor of The Licensing Letter, a New York-based
trade publication, said in 1996.
A normal character runs its
course in three to five years, Raugust said. "Harmon's is a classic
character. It's been around 50 years."
On New Year's Day 1996, Harmon dressed up as Bozo for the first time in 10 years, appearing in the Rose Parade in Pasadena.
The crowd reaction, he recalled, "was deafening."
"They kept yelling, `Bozo, Bozo, love you, love you.' I shed more
crocodile tears for five miles in four hours than I realized I had," he
said. "I still get goose bumps."
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Harmon became interested in theater while studying at the University of Southern California.
"Bozo is a star, an entertainer, bigger than life," Harmon once said.
"People see him as Mr. Bozo, somebody you can relate to, touch and
Besides his wife, Harmon is survived by his son, Jeff Harmon, and daughters Lori Harmon, Marci Breth-Carabet and Leslie Breth