The Associated Press must’ve realized today that there’ simply no dignified way to write an obituary when the deceased is Bozo the Clown.
Take the last line of this paragraph, for example, in the obituary for Larry Harmon, who died today at 83:
Although not the first person to play Bozo, Harmon took on the famous clown’s persona and, as an entrepreneur, he licensed the character to others, particularly TV stations. Those stations then recruited their own Bozos for local shows.
(The AP rewrote the last line for the morning papers.)
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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