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The Man Behind the Nose is the autobiography of the man who was Bozo. For 50 years Larry Harmon was the face—and the nose—of Bozo the Clown, the most well-known, beloved clown of them all, the precursor for every successful modern-day harlequin to come, from Ronald McDonald to Krusty. A warm, surprising, and endlessly entertaining life story filled to the brim with “Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales,” The Man Behind the Nose is a rollicking ride through the world of a true American icon in greasepaint.
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About the Author
Larry Harmon produced some 50,000 hours of local and international live children's television shows. He is best-known for his fifty-year-plus run as the driving force behind Bozo the World's Most Famous Clown. After purchasing the rights to the character, Harmon spread Bozo to almost 200 television stations all over the globe, including Greece, Thailand, and Brazil. Harmon also owned the Laurel & Hardy characters, produced the 1974 biopic It's Good to be Alive directed by Michael Landon, and made many other contributions to the entertainment world and popular culture. In 1996, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded him a special outstanding achievement award for a long career that touched the hearts, mind, and funny bones of millions of people. Larry Harmon passed away on July 3, 2008.
Thomas Scott McKenzie has written for Premier Guitar, Tin House, Stuff, Paste, Sync, Inked, and other publications. McKenzie runs Slushpile.net, and he coauthored The Man Behind the Nose, the autobiography of Larry "Bozo the Clown" Harmon.
Table of Contents
A Howdy from Your Old Pal 1
Part I The Early Antics 5
Dad, My Best Friend, and the Old Ticket Taker in the Moving Picture That Came to Life, Part I 7
Lionel Hamptoh, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Mr. Wilcoxon In: A Boy and His Drumsticks 15
Ralph Rush, Katya the Spotter, and the Cleveland Heights High Marching Band in: The Little Dry Cleaner Who Could 25
Al Jolson and the U. S. Calvary in: The Moving Picture That Came to Life, Part II 45
John Philip Sousa and My Babysitter in: A Walk with the March King 59
Eddie Cantor and the Shadow Man in: The Runaway Drum 65
Commander Comet, Gort the Robot, and Chuck Yeager: Space Is the Place 73
Some Record Company Bigwigs In: Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round 83
Bozo and Ziggy in: How a Yak Saved a Clown 93
Bozo and the Weatherman in: Cloning a Clown 101
Part II The Bozo Adventures 115
Photorama: A Bozo World AI
Bozo and the Cannibals in: An Amazing Adventure at the Edge of the World 117
Bozo and the U. S. Air Force in: The Vomit Comet Ride 139
Bozo and the New York City Fire Department in: A Four-Story Fall 153
Bozo and the U. S. Navy in: Davy Jones' Locker 165
Bozo and the Pugnacious Python in: The Big Squeeze 175
Part III The Big Leagues 185
Bozo and the Cleveland Indians in: A Clown on the Mound 187
Bozo and John F. Kennedy in: The Incredible Campaign for the Red, White, and Blue 197
Photorama: The Many Faces of Larry Harmon BI
The Los Angeles Paramedics and the Amorous Agent in: A Miraculous Recovery 211