Bad day in the obit column, we lost Ann Miller and I just read that Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan has passed away (here). The Captain, along with Romper Room, was the kid's show of my generation. A bit too young for Howdy Doody, and too old for Sesame Street, us Forty-Somethings were entertained and babysat by Captain Kangaroo and his pal Mr. Green Jeans, along with Dancing Bear, Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose. He was the surrogate grandfather of my generation.
Interesting factoid, Keeshan also played Clarabell the Clown on "The Howdy Doody Show" for five years.