The show was conceived and the title character played by Bob Keeshan who based the show on “the warm relationship between grandparents and children.” Keeshan also played Clarabell the Clown on “Howdy Doody”, another favorite of mine.
It had a loose structure, built around life in the “Treasure House” where Captain Kangaroo (whose name came from the big kangaroo like pouches in his coat) would tell stories, meet guests and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. The show was live for its first four years and was in black and white until 1968. Some regular friends on the show were Mr. Green Jeans, who always brought an animal to the show, Dennis, an apprentice and “do it all” person, Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit.
I loved Captain Kangaroo almost as much as the Mickey Mouse Club and Howdy-Doody Show! I hope for some of you this post brought back some fond childhood memories. It did for me.
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