21 October 2022

Published October 19, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Non-Fiction Narrative/Memoir
Word Count: 100

GOOD MORNING, CAPTAIN

In October 1955, Bob Keeshan formerly Claribel on the Howdy Doody show, donned a white wig and, at 28, became gentle Captain Kangaroo, everyone’s beloved grandfather in a red coat with huge pockets.

His love for children shone through. Every morning. I joined him, carrot-nabbing Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock, and Dancing Bear.  

However, in researching him, I found no juicy stories, save one:

After Keeshan’s death in 2004, his grandson Bretton buried a photo of the two of them on Mt. Everest. A tribute to the gentleman’s true character.

PS: Contrary to urban legend, Keeshan was never a war hero.

I don’t know if Captain Kangaroo ever made it across the pond, but those of us in the States of a certain age, he was a good friend and grandfather figure from 1955-1984. Every morning he showed us the wonders of his Treasure House.

Again to be noted, while he did join the US Marine Corps in 1945, he never went overseas or saw combat. He was however a hero to many of us children who were lucky enough to invite him into our living rooms. 😀

66 comments on “21 October 2022

  • The Captain was great. I didn’t watch often, but that had a lot more to do with the fact that I didn’t watch much TV as a child – my only memories of TV before the 1970s, including Captain Kangaroo, was at other people’s houses. What I do remember about the show is that I really enjoyed it.

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    • Dear Trent,

      By the time the captain was broadcast in color I’d outgrown the show, only catching a time or two. By the 70’s I was an adult with small children. I don’t think they ever watched it. They were more into Sesame Street. At any rate Mr. Keeshan was a huge part of my early childhood. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Sounds like one of those nice shows we loved to grow up on.

    If I may, I think there are a couple of typos in your post – a period for a comma between Bunny Rabbit and Grandfather Clock, and an extra e on ‘overseas’. Didn’t detract from the clear fondness and reminiscence of the piece though.

    There are many kinds of heroes. Sounds like he was one, even if he never went to war.

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    • Dear Jen,

      Every child should have a Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Rogers in their life. I’m sorry his show never made it across the pond. But I’m sure there were good role models over there as well. In fact I think one or two have been shared in FF. 😀
      Good keen eyes. my friend. Thank you for catching the typos. 😉

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • So funny to learn that he was only 28 years old. He seemed ancient to me as a kid. I also loved the show. I remember how nice he was, as was Mr. Green Jeans. We had b&w TV back then so I guess we were supposed to imagine his jeans were green?

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    • Dear Lisa,

      By the time we had a color TV I think I’d outgrown him. 😉 Unlike my dad, the captain never raised his voice. He managed to keep calm…well most of the time.. There were those pesky ping pong balls that Mr. Moose had dropped on him. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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      • Rochelle, I liked that crew, but I liked the crews on Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood just as much if not more as my kids were growing up. I’m geeked to say my younger son is now having my little granddaughter watching Sesame Street (and I hope Mr. Rogers but haven’t asked them about it yet.) You are very welcome.
        Shalom,
        Lisa

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  • Those where the days. I remember listening to the radio, and going to the cinema, and so on. It was good to drift back if only for a few minutes

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    After so long it’s great to be back at FF again! What a character Captain Kangaroo was – Unforgettable is the least of the adjectives to describe him! As are you, no wonder you’re a fan 🙂

    Shalom aleichem,
    Dora

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    • Dear Dora,

      So good to see you back in Purpleville. 😉 The Captain was one of a kind and huge part of a Baby Boomer’s childhood. In one interview I saw, one of his costars said he never allowed them to call children “kids.” His genuine love and respect shone through the screen, didn’t it? Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I never watched Mr. Rogers or Sesame Street but did watch Captain Kangaroo. Mr. Green Jeans was a favorite for me. On my first read of your story, it seemed like Bob Keeshan and his grandson had their photo taken on Everest and I thought, wow! But now I see the sentence can be read two ways.

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  • Rochelle,
    as a Canadian and someone who didn’t get a TV until 1990, I missed seeing him on TV but I know about him through his fame. I was thinking that with streaming services, that kind of daily TV show isn’t really possible anymore, or at least not as common.
    Hope you’re doing well.
    David

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    • Dear David,

      I don’t know that Captain Kangaroo made it across the border. Not to mention that by 1990 he was a thing of the past. Sadly, children’s television leaves much to be desired IMHO these days. Thank you for stopping by Purpleville. 😉

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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