If you're of "a certain age," you'll likely mourn the passing of Clarabell the Clown, sidekick for Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody ... the TV show that kids in the 1950s watched the way kids today watch "Spongebob Squarepants" ... or "South Park."
Clarabell was Lew Anderson, a jazzman and bandleader who died Sunday of complications of prostate cancer at a hospice in Hawthorne, N.Y. He was 84.
Maybe you saw it live, or maybe you have just seen the endless replays of great TV moments. Like Harpo Marx before her/him (I was 3 and confused), Clarabell never spoke a word and communicated by honking a horn. But on the last episode of Howdy Doody in 1960, it was Clarabell who got the last word: "Goodbye, kids" is all he said.
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Doody Trivia: Captain Kangaroo Bob Keeshan was actually the first Clarabell in 1947