Did you hear the one about when Bozo the Clown ran for President and two assassination attempts were made on his life?
How about the time Bozo flew into the perilous jungles of New Guinea to see if he could not just survive but actually bond with dangerous cannibal tribes?
Well then, you must know about the time his size 83 AAA shoes saved him from being swallowed whole by a giant, murderous python in Thailand, right?
Then I guess you might not know as much as you think about the world's most famous clown. Sure, you know the giant shoes, the red bulbous nose, the big ruby smile, and the twin shocks of red yak-hair bursting from the sides of his head. And obviously you know the many clowns inspired by him, from Ronald McDonald to Krusty the Clown.
So perhaps it's time you learned about Bozo, and the man behind the nose. Because the wild, inspirational stories in this book are all true. As real as the nose on your face.
One day, Larry Harmon, a World War II private harboring dreams of becoming a doctor, met the most famous entertainer of the time, Al Jolson. After seeing the young man on stage, Jolson told him he shouldconsider a career change.
"Being a doctor of medicine is honorable," Jolson advised. "But you'll touch so many more lives as a doctor of laughter!"
A decade later, Jolson's prophecy came true when Larry Harmon, trying to make it as an actor in Hollywood, auditioned to portray a character named Bozo the Capitol Clown.
The character spoke so much to Larry that he simply became it—overnight. He soon turned Bozo into a cultural icon, creating one of the biggest children's television franchises in the world. But that was only the beginning.
In this unputdownable book, which Harmon completed just before his death at age eighty-three, are far more incredible stories of astronauts, cannibals, celebrities, assassins, and deep-sea divers—all encountered in full Bozo regalia, and with photos to prove it.
Not only is Harmon's life by turns incredible and hilarious, it's also an inspirational testament to the power of one man's positive attitude, dedication, and work ethic—and how he changed the world.
Larry Harmon produced some 50,000 hours of local and international live children's television shows. He is best-known for his fifty-year-plus run as the driving force behind Bozo the World's Most Famous Clown. After purchasing the rights to the character, Harmon spread Bozo to almost 200 television stations all over the globe, including Greece, Thailand, and Brazil. Harmon also owned the Laurel & Hardy characters, produced the 1974 biopic It's Good to be Alive directed by Michael Landon, and made many other contributions to the entertainment world and popular culture. In 1996, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded him a special outstanding achievement award for a long career that touched the hearts, mind, and funny bones of millions of people. Larry Harmon passed away on July 3, 2008.
Thomas Scott McKenzie has written for Premier Guitar, Tin House, Stuff, Paste, Sync, Inked, and other publications. McKenzie runs Slushpile.net, and he coauthored The Man Behind the Nose, the autobiography of Larry "Bozo the Clown" Harmon.
Larry Harmon's life was nothing short of strange coincidences.
What a truly inspirational book. I love how he admitted he was ".... Read more
I bought this book at a Family Dollar store. It was cheap, I'm a voracious reader, and I strongly prefer nonfiction. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ronzo Garbonzo
I loved the book..... Buy it.... You cant go wrong with this one. I grew up watching the show and hes got alot of amazing stories in the book.Published on May 6, 2012 by Ryan W.
I just finished reading this book last night and found it to be a very good read. Weather the "reports" of this book being lies (in some of the reviews) are true or not does not... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by B. Nichols
This was recommended to me by a clown friend of mine. Of course everyone knows Bozo but the not necessarily the man who created the icon. I loved the book. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by Charles M. Thayer, Jr.
Here we have the autobiography of Larry "Bozo" Harmon. It is an entertaining read. He tells a lot of interesting antecdotes about his life as Bozo. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Johnny Heering
I saw this at our library (eBook version). Figured what the heck.. Excellent discovery. Absolutely loved the amazingly true story.Published on February 19, 2011 by LeeBo
I grew up watching Bozo through my entire childhood. Now looking back on the escipades that went on off camera that I never saw as a kid, I see a whole new side of entertainment. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Kelly Alwood
I gave this book as a gift to my 50 year old son, who was an ardent Bozo fan as a kid. He has not said much about it. While visiting him, I began to read it. Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by Carol Dulcamara