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.

Posted by david on January 24, 2004

I remember Captain Kangaroo. My brother and I watched him every single weekday morning. I remember Mr. Green Jeans, he reminded me a bit of my grandfather. I remember Mr. Moose and all those ping pong balls. I remember when the whole Picture Pages thing started, and I think Bill Cosby had something to do with at some time or another. But what's so very strange to me is that my memories of it all aren't terribly vivid. With much greater clarity I recall Sesame Street - I can still see the segment when Bert and Ernie flew up and out of the city solely by using their imaginations. Nearly all of the various aspects of The Electric Company are still easily accessible from my memory banks - yes, that was Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman acting silly and teaching me to read. Every nuance of the aged Warner Brothers' cartoons that were repackaged into the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Show are bright and clear in my mind's eye. But I cannot for the life of me figure out why the Captain Kangaroo show is so hazy. I even remember Quisp better than I do Mr. Keeshan's program. That's not much of a eulogy, I know, but at least I'm honest. Maybe I learned that from Captain Kangaroo - though I can't remember.

Posted by: highronimus on January 24, 2004 10:06 PM

I feel bad. I never quite forgave the Captain for introducing us to Slim Goodbody. I'm not sure I've been the same since.

Posted by: Jeff on January 24, 2004 10:19 PM

Quisp was my favorite! R.I.P. Captain Kangaroo.

Posted by: kim on January 24, 2004 10:51 PM

(shudder) Slim Goodbody. He always had an eerie resemblance to Richard Simmons to me. both physically and in his enthusiasm.

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