It was a poignant day, a few years ago, when Bob Keeshan passed away. I truly felt the loss of a special friend. In the late '50s, I would sit, eagerly watching the clock for 8:00 a.m. and Captain Kangaroo. The program would always begin with the same reassuring, upbeat theme song and a big ring of jingly keys, as Captain opened the door to his Treasure House, a plethora of interesting, entertaining events for children.
I was chatting earlier this year, to my youngest sister, about how I can honestly attribute my love of books to the Captain, who read aloud such favorites as Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Caps for Sale, Make Way for Ducklings and Curious George. His soothing, easy going voice is with me to this day.
I also absolutely adored his “playtime shoebox”, kept below the counter, full of crayons, paste and those round end scissors. I can still hear the slow cut, cutting through the construction paper. Captain’s sidekick, Mr. Green Jeans, played by Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum, was the “outside” farm hand, who bottle fed cuddly baby animals.
One of my favorite memories was his ingenious "pie machine", a box, that would miraculously produce a freshly baked pie. Oh, yummy! My own children naturally enjoyed the more modern and upbeat programs of the 1980’s like Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock. But I will always have a special fondness for Keeshan’s calm, gentle spirit and those pleasant, simpler days.
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