Captain Kangaroo, aka Bob Keeshan, was my favorite as a lil’ tad. There he is, with a pocket full of carrots, and Bunny Rabbit in the other. My memory of Cap’n K does not include that screaming red jacket. It had to be blue, because I watched him every day in glorious black and white. Now check this out:
Yep. Captain Kangaroo liked Heineken. BTW, the urban legend is false – Bob Keeshan did NOT fight on Iwo Jima in WWII, and neither did Lee Marvin, although both were Marines. Film at 11.
[Update: Apparently that photo is from a Halloween party circa 1980 something, and is not Bob Keeshan. It’s still awesome. Hat tip to Dave.]
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I liked Captain Kangaroo, but Mr. Dressup was on TV more often where I lived.
plane– “Mr. Dressup?” I thought you were yanking my chain. LOL.
Are you sure that was his? That doesn’t look like a kitchen in a home- more like a kitchen in a studio.
OTB– Looks kinda residential to me, but does it make a difference?
BS: FYI, that IS a kitchen in a home — an old home — in Derry, New Hampshire. And that is not Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo, rather another “Mr. Dressup” in a Halloween costume. The picture you found and “acquired” is from a Halloween party that took place in 1986, and that is NOT Captain Kangaroo’s Heineken on the counter!
BS: Another FYI: You’re right, the Captain originally wore a navy blue jacket during the years the show was broadcast in black and white, but later was given a red jacket to wear for their color broadcasts. The Captain started wearing the red jacket in 1971, and it sold at a Bob Keeshan estate auction last year for about $4,500.
Dave, you’re entirely awesome for pointing out the inaccuracy. I was fooled, and I’m amazed that it took you over three years to bring it to my attention. Nice job.
When I was a young tad, I got to see Captain Kangaroo in person in a theater venue in Cincinnnati. I was terrified. Everything turned to black and white in my mind.
BS: BTW, when I was becoming an old tad, I got to meet the good Captain in 1995 at a NH book signing, a few weeks after I reprised my costumed version of his beloved children’s TV show character. I have some nice photos of him seriously studying pictures I showed him of me, as him. And I got a nice “selfie” with him, long before that term came to be. Also, I have recently updated that original photo you have of “the Captain” in the kitchen, Photoshopping out the incriminating can of Heineken. Photos available upon request — Dave
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A 12 years old post is about to be updated – or maybe your photos deserve a stand-alone. Your call, send ’em over via the mojo wire! 😀