Wolf Files: Bozo Finally Unmasked

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A Place for Old Fools: There was a time in Gibsonton, Fla., when folks wouldn't bat an eye when a bearded lady, hermaphrodite, or three-legged man ambled down the street, all at the same time.

Just outside Tampa, the town of Gibsonton is still the home of hundreds of retired clowns, acrobats and carnies. More.

Bozo Unmasked: Larry Harmon is a Bozo. But he certainly isn't the original Bozo — even though he's taken credit for creating the TV clown while building his small show-business empire.

Take a look at Harmon's claims over the years about the history of Bozo, including a promotional brochure, copyrighted by his production company and titled "50 Years of Clowning Around With Bozo." It begins:

"Bozo. You can't even say it without smiling. Bozo the Clown, created by Larry Harmon half a century ago, has gone from children's recording star to international TV star, joining the American vocabulary along the way." [Italics added.] More.

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Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at The Wolf Files is published Tuesdays. If you want to receive weekly notice when a new column is published, join the e-mail list.