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 Posted: Fri Jul 4th, 2008 01:59 pm
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Larry Harmon, the man behind 'Bozo the Clown' for more than 50 years, has died of heart failure.

According to Reuters, Harmon's spokesman said that the performer, a native of Ohio, died at his home in Los Angeles.

Harmon purchased the copyright and trademark to the clown in the 1950s and as a result was responsible for keeping Bozo in the entertainment industry for more than half a century.

Harmon once recalled: "We didn't have satellite, syndication and networking like today.

"So, I created my own network of local clowns and productions, a cross-country operation that kept me on the road for 50 weeks a year for decades."

Harmon also ran a large animation studio in Hollywood, producing cartoons based on comedians Laurel and Hardy, as well as the characters 'Popeye' and 'Mr Magoo'.

He is survived by his wife, son and four daughters.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 4th, 2008 02:25 pm
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 Posted: Fri Jul 4th, 2008 02:50 pm
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Bozo was the greatest clown there ever was.

Anyone have him in their pool?

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 Posted: Fri Jul 4th, 2008 03:09 pm
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Sounds like he was actually a really smart guy who probably made a fortune off of something that no one else thought to capitalize from.



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 Posted: Fri Jul 4th, 2008 06:49 pm
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carpetbeggar wrote: Bozo was the greatest clown there ever was.

Anyone have him in their pool?

Check your scorecards. Halfway through 2008 with people kicking over left and right and your dumb asses aren't putting points on the board even a little bit. It's like watching soccer.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 4th, 2008 11:15 pm
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srossi wrote: Sounds like he was actually a really smart guy who probably made a fortune off of something that no one else thought to capitalize from.


He was one of the first to start copyrighting Laurel and Hardy merchandise in the late 1950's.  Stan Laurel even gave Harmon his blessing to do L & H imitations at shows around the country.  Bozo was a marketing goldmine for Harmon as well.

VERY smart man.  R.I.P.



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