The first Chicago Bozo (Bob Bell) was the inspiration for Krusty the Clown.
This show was an institution. It gradually became watered down. You watch an episode from the 60s or 70s and they would have guest circus-type acts, a lot of skits, games, all kinds of shit. By the late 80s, there was a new actor playing the titular clown and it became much more streamlined. Few if any guests, a few bad vaudville skits, and a couple of games.
By the mid-90s, they whittled the clowns down to two and only aired the show on Sundays (previously, it was Monday to Friday). It was on Sunday for three hours. Then they reduced it to two hours. Then possibly one hour. Then they cancelled it.
The show was absolutely massive. But the Jews who run the television station did everything they could to destroy it.
There used to be a band. The Bozo Band. A group of old dudes who played in a brass band. Then in the early 90s, they fired all of them and replaced them with Andy and his "electronophone" (an electronic keyboard).
When I started watching, in the late 1980s, everything was about cutting costs.
In spite of this, I enjoyed the program. I couldn't even really watch it and I enjoyed it. It was on in the mornings so I'd be able to watch it for about 30 minutes before I had to leave for school. Sick days were great because I'd actually get to watch the whole episode.
Apparently, in the 70s, it was on in the afternoons. But then the Chicago public school system changed their policy so kids were no longer able to go home for lunch. That seems weird that kids would go home and watch the show in the afternoon during lunch. I mean...how many kids were going home for lunch anyway? I did because I lived very close to the school but it was just me and like two other people. Everyone else ate lunch at school.
Do you suppose my parents chose that school because of its close proximity to the school? I bet it was. That's interesting.
Anyway, by the time I was in high school, the show was only on Sundays.
I'd like to watch the episodes. There's 30 years of daily material and 10 years of the Sunday show.
I can't watch them. They're all gone. The Jews at the television station re-used the tapes to save money.
This wasn't an uncommon practice but it's still bullshit.
But my question is, where are the home recordings? Everybody who ever appeared on the show should have a recording of the episode that they were on. VCRs became fairly common by the mid-1980s. So we should have a pretty extensive archive of the show from the mid-1980s onwards. But we don't.
The tapes must exist. A schoolmate of mine was on the show and everybody got to watch the video at home. It would get passed around. My father made a copy of that tape. He asked me if I ever plan on watching it again and I said, "probably not". I said, "probably not" because my classmate was a girl and I didn't want him to think that I liked the girl. So he re-used the tape to record something else.
Still, my classmate must still have her copy.
Another classmate was on the show and we watched his episode in school. So he must have a copy still.
I was on the show. My family won free tickets to the 25th anniversary special. So we taped it. I think that we still have the tape.
Not even that episode is found online. This was a big deal. It was unlike any other episodes. It took place in some theater as opposed to the usual Bozo recording studio. They brought clowns and whatnot from the past. There's even a BFI page for it. But no episode.
Possibly, you can watch it at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. But why not digitise it for the masses?
Why don't I digitise my copy? I don't know if it still exists. I don't know what the quality is going to be like on a 30+ year old VHS tape.
CM Punk was on the show. You can watch his segment on Youtube. But where's the rest of the episode? It must exist if somebody had the CM Punk segment. This is when he was a kid so nobody was taping it because he was going to be a wrestler 15 years in the future.
Tony Schivane was on the show promoting WCW. That segment is on Youtube. But why not the full episode?
Why didn't any of the actors on the show tape the episodes themselves and create their own archive ala Johnny Carson? They didn't care? This is their career. They could make a highlight reel, if nothing else. They're not interested in having a record of every appearance of a television show that they're on? Actors are vain people. Why didn't they record everything?
If there were a massive campaign to get everyone to digitise their VHS recordings of the show, I bet we could get an almost complete archive at least from the mid 1980s to the end of the show's run. The tapes must exist. But I guess there's no public demand for it.
A few years ago, a "lost" tape from the 1960s appeared. When it was broadcast, it was a huge event in Chicago. So there must still be demand.
I'm trying to put myself in the position of my father. If I was him, would I have recorded every episode of the Bozo Show and created a huge archive of the show? I mean, if he did, that archive would be worth some money now. He'd have an archive from about 1985 to 1992. Seven years of a 40 year history is pretty significant.
But I probably wouldn't have. It was a children's show. You would assume that the television station is doing their own archive. VCR casettes (or whatever they were called) were expensive. You'd quickly amass a lot of them so storage would be a problem. He'd be out days at a time for work so somebody else would have to be in charge of doing the taping.
I mean, if he was taping every episode, you'd have to question his sanity. Why is he devoting so much time and money on this children's tv show?
Still...if he did, he'd be considered a visionary today and we'd have seven years of episodes to enjoy.
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