Happy 75th to my 2nd favorite clown!October 16th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
How many of you remember this. Dick Richards, West Michigan’s own Bozo The Clown turns 75 years old today (Wednesday). Some of us are getting together from noon – 7 PM Friday at Bob’s Sports Bar (725 Michigan NE in G.R.). It’s a surprise for Dick, so don’t tell him about it. Hope we get a nice crowd. Stop by and say “hi”. The public is welcome! I’ll be there shortly after noon. Dick took over Bozo from Bill Merchant in 1968. I came to WZZM in Nov. 1974 (I started at $175 a week, working 6 days a week). Bozo’s Big Top ran on WZZM until 1999. I think WGN in Chicago was the only other station carrying Bozo as late as 1999. That was a lot of Bucket Bonanzas! I remember the kids getting Burger King crowns and at the end of the show, a goodie bag with a loaf of Wonder Bread from Hostess. While I’m at it, let me also say Happy Birthday to Craig Rich (birthday Friday) (there’s something about guys born in mid-October and fine cigars!), who’s about as famous in Holland as the tulips! OH – about the headline! My WIFE is a clown (so Bozo gets bumped to 2nd place)! My wife actually spent a week at the famous Mooseburger Clown Camp in Minnesota, where you learned from the best, like Frosty and Jose Rivera. They have classes on beginning juggling, intermediate juggling, advanced juggling, hospital clowning, balloon animals, pretty much everything you need to know to clown.