Friday, January 23, 2004
Posted By: GhostwolfeMoon Date: Friday, 23 January 2004, 3:34 p.m.
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Ok this is not earth shattering news, no space info, no intrigue, no NWO, no banksters, not even a politician. Just another hero has passed. After you read everything, I hope you understand the Post.
I remember when people in the entertainment business were such as Red Skelton, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Brig. General Jimmy Stewart who flew bombers over Germany in WWII when he could have gotten out of it and other heros of my generation. Audy Murphy who was a Metal of Honor winner starred in a movie about his WWII story called "To Hell and Back". I remember when TV was clean and pure. Where actors could actually act and many served in some way, shape, or form in WWII, and they all supported their country. I remember when programs on TV were wholesome for the entire family and there were entertainment programs which were very Patriotic on the Fourth of July and you could say Jesus. A time when childrens programs were harmless childrens programs with no agenda other than entertaining kids.
Those days were the last days of innocience in America.
Back to the point of this Post. A friend sent me the email posted below, about a year ago. I posted it before the story on the good Captains' death for reasons you will see. Captain Kangaroo was a hero in every meaning of the word. To me he was first a hero for children. As a child, I had no idea what kind of hero he really was. His message was not one of deceit, trickery, or mind control like you see directed toward children now. He entertained children with simple childish things, promoted morale values, and just was a nice person.
So, it is with a tear in the corner of my eye, that I salute you sir, Sergeant Bob Keeshan, you are in the "Treasure House" way up in the sky.
Ordinary men like you, doing extra ordinary things in war and peace, served as role models for people of my generation and made this country great. It is also the mark of a great hero to dismiss his deeds to praise another as you will see about Lee Marvin. It is very sad that most real heros are gone.
> >From a friend-EP
Captain Kangaroo and Lee Marvin
> Captain Kangaroo turned 75 recently, which is odd, because he's never
> looked a day under 75. (Birthday 6/27/27) It reminded me of the
> following story. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
> Some people have been a bit offended that Lee Marvin is buried in a
> grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery.
> His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else.
> Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why
> the heck does he rate burial with these guys?
> Well, following is the amazing answer:
> I always liked Lee Marvin, but did not know the extent of his Corps
> experiences. In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country
> in the armed forces, often in rear-echelon posts where they were
> carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras
> in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy
> Cross at Iwo Jima. There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of
> Honor. If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the
> man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.
> Dialog From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson: His guest was Lee
> Marvin. Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that
> you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima... and that during
> the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely
> "Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the ass and they gave me the Cross
> for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi... bad thing about
> getting shot up on a mountain is guys gettin' shot hauling you down.
> But Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We
> both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made
> mine look cheap in comparison. The dumb bastard actually stood up on
> Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off
> the beach. That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they
> brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and
> passed it to me lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they
> get you Lee?' Well Bob... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to
> sell the outhouse! Johnny, I'm not lying... Sergeant Keeshan was the
> bravest man I ever knew..... Bob Keeshan... You and the world know him
> as Captain Kangaroo."
Captain Kangaroo dead at 76
Bob Keeshan's show ran for 30 years
MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 1:46 p.m. ET Jan. 23, 2004QUECHEE, Vt. - Bob Keeshan, known to generations of children as TV personality Captain Kangaroo, has died at 76. Keeshan died of a long illness, his family said in a statement.
Keeshan’s “Captain Kangaroo” debuted on CBS television in 1955 and ran for 30 years before moving to public television for six more. The program was wildly popular among children and won six Emmy Awards, three Gabriels and three Peabody Awards.
The format was simple: Each day, Captain Kangaroo, with his sugar-bowl haircut and uniform coat, would wander through his Treasure House, chatting with his good friend Mr. Green Jeans, played by Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum.
He would visit with puppet animals, like Bunny Rabbit, who was scolded for eating too many carrots, and Mr. Moose, who loved to tell knock-knock jokes. A favorite sketch involved Mister Moose dropping ping-pong balls on the Captain's head.
But the show revolved about the grandfatherly Captain Kangaroo, whose name was inspired by the kangaroo pouch-like pockets of the coat Keeshan wore.
“I was impressed with the potential positive relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, so I chose an elderly character,” Keeshan said.
Before portraying the Captain, Keeshan was the first actor to play sidekick Clarabell the Clown on the "Howdy Doody Show."
Keeshan was the author of numerous books, including "Growing Up Happy: Captain Kangaroo Tells Yesterday's Children How To Nurture Their Own" and "Good Morning Captain: 50 Wonderful Years With Bob Keeshan: TV's Captain Kangaroo." He also wrote a series of books about a character called "Itty Bitty Kitty." © 2004 MSNBC Interactive
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