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January 24, 2004

Saluting the Captain

I'm going to miss Captain Kangaroo. When I was a little kid, he was often my companion while I ate my Quisp and laughed at Mr. Moose's corny jokes.

A while back the Captain (he'll never be Bob Keeshan to me) came to Birmingham to conduct the Alabama Symphony in a Christmas concert. I managed to get front row center seats for my date and me (probably the only adults not towing along children), and was very excited to see my childhood hero in action. The Captain appeared in his trademark red jacket with big pockets, and soon led the audience in a rousing rendition of "Sleigh Ride" (complete with everyone "driving" the sleigh by pretending to crack the reins). The woman I was with was very reserved, and the Captain playfully called her out specifically to "enjoy herself and have some fun." To this day, I thank Captain Kangaroo for steering me away from her.

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