Bob Keeshan had two pioneering roles in children’s television: as the original Clarabell the Clown on the Howdy Doody Show from 1948 to 1952 and, most famously, as Captain Kangaroo from 1955 to 1992. Keeshan died on January 23, 2004 at the age of 76.
Captain Kangaroo aired on CBS and then PBS for six decades earning numerous awards, including three Emmys. Each day Keeshan, as the Captain would interact with friends (originally only “Mr. Greenjeans”) and various puppets, including the entertaining and ping pong ball-dropping “Mr. Moose.” Keeshan named his character after an Australian marsupial because of the large pockets in his iconic red coat.