Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Bobo Barnett & Clown College
"Prof." Chester "Bobo" Barnett, former Ringling clown and longtime star clown with several Shrine shows, in cap and gown and described as "Bachelor of Buffoonery College of Humor" in this autographed photo from 1945.
How widely distributed was this photo and just how much did Bobo have invested in the idea? Was it just for this one single publicity photo? Did he frame the act around it for a time?
We've all heard that the idea for Clown College was Irvin Feld's.
I've heard that the idea for Clown College was Danny Chapman's.
I've heard that the idea for Clown College was first suggested by Otto Griebling.
But maybe the germ of the idea came from a widely distributed publicity photo of Bobo Barnett?