Russell Scott

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Russell Scott
Blinky.jpg
Scott in 2005
Born(1921-06-30)June 30, 1921
DiedAugust 27, 2012(2012-08-27) (aged 91)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesBlinky the Clown
OccupationEntertainer, Television personality.
Known forBlinky's Fun Club

Blinky the Clown (June 30, 1921 – August 27, 2012), also known as Russell Scott, and simply Clown, was an American clown, television personality and presenter who starred in a Denver, Colorado television program called Blinky's Fun Club. Having spent 41 years on television in character, Scott holds the record as longest-running television clown in history, as well as the longest running children's television host in the United States. [1]

Entertainment career[edit]

Born in Oklahoma, Russell Scott inherited his love of the circus from his father and began his entertainment career as Sears-O the Clown, performing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Changing his character's name to Blinky, his success brought him to the attention of television station KKTV. Blinky's Fun Club began in 1958, originating from the KKTV studios. In 1966, the show moved to KWGN in Denver and remained there until ending its run in 1998.[2] Scott performed in more than 10,000 episodes, giving him the longest career of any children’s T.V. personality in the U.S. and second longest in the entire world.[3]

In 2004, he was inducted into The Silver Circle of the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. [4] In 2005, he was inducted into the Broadcast Professionals of Colorado's Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.[5] In 2006, he was the subject of a documentary titled Blinky, produced and directed by Brian Malone.[2]

After his television career ended, Scott owned and operated a store called Blinky's Antiques and Collectibles on South Broadway in Denver, Colorado.[6] After 22 years, the shop closed in 2008.[7]

Scott died on August 27, 2012, at the Bear Creek Nursing Center[3] in Morrison, Colorado, from complications of pneumonia. He was 91 years old.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.9news.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=285665. 9news.
  2. ^ a b "Malone TV".
  3. ^ a b "Russell Scott, 'Blinky the Clown,' dies". August 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Heartland Chapter Silver Circle - Russell Scott". National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Welcome to broadcastprofessionals.net". www.broadcastprofessionals.net. Archived from the original on May 15, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "NATAS Heartland Silver Circle - Russell Scott". Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Post, Tom McGhee | Special to The Denver (November 12, 2008). "Blinky's Antiques closes its doors".

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