I grew up in an era of only four major TV stations in the Chicagoland area. WGN was the station to watch as a child as it was the home of the Bozo Circus Show.
Before Krusty the Clown, Pennywise, Ronald McDonald, or the Insane Clown Posse – Bozo was “The Clown.” So when asked for a balloon in the shape of a clown, Bozo is my first thought.
Over the years, I have made many different clown figures. I even designed a special imprinted clown balloon. Yet, I always find myself going back to this balloon design.
Bozo, the Clown, is not your normal Balloon Animal
Bozo is a recognized icon in Chicago, and many veteran entertainers tell stories of how they appeared on the Bozo Circus Show.
A story told to me by my good friend Circus Boy. Apparently, the show producers prohibited acts from having consecutive appearances and would schedule acts 9-months to a year apart. Circus Boy was scheduled for the last show in December, but somebody must not have checked the calendar as he was the first show in January. Circus Boy was on two consecutive Bozo Shows, just in two different years. And for some reason, I saw either both or one of those shows, as I recall.
Bozo’s popularity is recognized annually by WGN TV with a special Bozo Gar and Ray broadcast.
Over the decades, I have had several on-air performances for the WGN Morning News, and as I walk to the green room, there is a plaque commemorating the Bozo Circus show and Studio 1.
The popularity of clowns has changed, but many of us who grew up in Chicago still love the Bozo Circus Show.
Did you have a favorite clown character as a child?