I love clowns. I do. When I was a young lad, I dreamed of going to Clown College. Happy clowns and sad ones; slapstick and mimes; harlequins and tramps. I love them all. Well, almost. I didn’t like Pennywise. In this strange new world in which we find ourselves living, we occasionally encounter clowns that are wicked, or downright evil. I’m not going to talk about them, though.
Clowns are meant to make us happy. They entertain us with their physical comedy. As a child of the 50s and 60s, I grew up with Bozo, The World’s Most Famous Clown and his cartoon show. Emmett Kelly’s Weary Willie was a sad, forlorn figure while Red Skelton’s Freddie the Freeloader brought more humor to the character.
What about you? Do you love clowns or are you one of those poor unfortunates who suffers from coulrophobia?
Red Skelton as Freddie the Freeloader
Emmett Kelly as Weary Willie
About Ol' Big Jim
Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama.
For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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When my father became too old to get around much, he took up painting. His favorite was clowns, with Emmett Kelly being king of course. I have dad’s painting in my living room – so to answer your question – yes, I like clowns.
Emmett Kelly was a favorite of my Grandparents and their daughter, my Mother. Naturally, he’s at the top of my list, too! Thanks a million for stopping by and saying a few words.
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A clown and a suitcase…Here’s a post where I am giving my personal definition of a clown as well as analyzing from what material the clown’s suitcase could be made, how it could be and what the clown could have put inside the suitcase.
How could you define a clown and his/her suitcase…? I’m curious to learn! https://thedramagames.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/a-clown-and-a-suitcase/#more-239