‘Blinky the Clown’ Remains a Colorado Fixture
If you grew up in Colorado, you know good and well who Blinky the Clown is. He and his "Fun Club" would come your direction every weekday morning on an independent Denver station. Make your way to the front range, and you'll discover Blinky's legacy is still going strong.
Sadly, Blinky, a.k.a. Russell Scott, passed away in 2012 at the age of 91. Four years later, you'll still find Blinky photos, autographs, and memorabilia proudly displayed throughout Colorado.
During a recent, and incredibly cold concert excursion to Redrocks in Morrison, I stopped at a restaurant at the bottom of the hill. Inside, we were greeted by several autographed photos of Blinky. Talk about a flashback. It was like 1975 all over again.
What exactly did they do on the show? For 32 years, and close to 10,000 shows, Blinky's Fun Club presented laughs, lots of Popeye cartoons, and countless safety lessons and instructions on how to cross the street properly.
Every weekday morning, Blinky would celebrate the birthdays of children in the studio audience by singing, "Happy birthday, dear child-a-dren." Somehow, he always managed to turn "children" into a three-syllable word.
Kudos to the Morrison Inn for having Blinky's photos on display. That was a real treat. I know Russell Scott had several friends in Grand Junction, many of whom proudly displayed his photos, in full clown regalia, at their homes and businesses. Keep your eyes open as you travel through Colorado. Sooner or later, you'll encounter some memories from Colorado icon Blinky the Clown.