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September 23, 1953

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

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•WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 1953 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS PAGE FTP! Kiddies Put Bobo the Clown Back on Laugh-Trail Again By MARY KAY FLYNN NBA Staff Correspondent HUTCHINSON, Kans. — (NBA) — There's a real life smile once again under the grease-paint grin on the face of Bobo, the clown. Until a group of Hutchinson Cub Scouts took over, 61-year-old Bobo (Clinton Floyd a|f Kocher) was out of character — a very sad laugh-maker. For 14 years Bobo was one of P. T. Barnum's top clowns. Then he hit the bottle — and after that the skids. Five years ago he put himself "in the hands of the Lord and Alcoholics Anonymous. Then he started the road back. It almost proved too bumpy until the youngsters took over and gave him new hope and courage, atong with a grubstake for a comeback in show business. "It's shameful the way I wasted my life," Bobo laments. "Now I want to get back and make up .for those lost years — I'd like • to make people happy." While recuperating from his prolonged bout with the bottle, Bobo fashioned a successful animal- clown act featuring trained dogs, homed toads and bullfrogs. Three years ago his trailer, with the animals in it, burned. Only one dog, Nina May. survived. Alter that, Bobo, Nina May and a newly acquired poddle hit the road, playing March pf Dimes benefits for peanuts. The poodle eventually was traded for an old car lor the trip to Pratt County, Kans., where Bobo spent his boyhood until he ran away and hooked up with a carnival at the age of 12. In Hutchinson, Bobo tried in vain to get a job as a farm hand. That's where the Cub Scouts came in. They decided to stage a benefit circus — "the greatest show on earth" — on the lawn of their den mother's home for the nice, sad clown. The kids didn't quite understand how a rollicking clown could have trouble. But they knew how it felt to have a skinned knee and Bobo, they had heard, "had a bad fall" but was picking himself up without a tear on his jolly face. Ninety-lour children, some with their parents, came to Bobo's benefit circus, tl was the lollipop set's version of the real-thing. An arch of blankets formed the "tent" entrance; the aisle was roped off with a garden hose, wrapped in cvepe paper, and a string of Christmas lights hung over the brick patio where Bobo and Nina May performed. The sideshows featured "wild animals. A pet kitten was billed as the "Wild Cat from Borneo." A. bantam rooster was the "Bird of Paradise." A caged frankfurter was the "Hairless Dog." And a .big mirror reflected peering "Wild Baboons." Hawkers sold popcorn, candy and BOBO, NINA MAY AND SOME "LITTLE SHAVERS": Left to right around Clinton Kocker are Anthony Drew, Tommy Wellington, Dedra Drew, Pat Wellington and Ricky and Demmy Drew. lemonade as Bobo, in his maroon and chartreuse clown suit, entertained in the "center ring." At one point Nina May, after doing tricks and sitting on Bobo's head, went out in the audience and licked nearly everybody's face. When it was all over, Bobo had $24 to tide him over between television, private party and public events . engagements he hopes to land. "I could cry for joy at what those little shavers have done for me," Bobo said, and you could hear his voice quiver. "In my drinking days I used to think the world owed me a living. But now old Bobo's outlook on life is in tune with theirs." Bobo is enthusiastic about a new show he has in the making — again featuring trained bullfrogs. "I'm coming back if I have to do it two bullfrogs at a time," he said. 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