Captain Kangaroo 1927-2004 [Updated]

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.]

Author: Bunk Strutts

Boogah Boogah.

8 thoughts on “Captain Kangaroo 1927-2004 [Updated]”

  1. 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!


  2. 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.


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