The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #13

Today's Adventure: Buffalo Bob (Bob Smith) and Clarabell the Clown
(Bob Keeshan) make an important call.


John said...

The sad part is I remember this show as a kid.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Not as much of a wasteland then as now. I recognized these two in a millisecond. Note Clarabell's hand on the seltzer bottle.

As a five year-old, I was quite pissed off when "The Howdy Doody Show" was preempted for the political party conventions in 1952.

michaelE said...

Probably hearing that he's been promoted to Captain (Kangaroo).

Christopher said...

I dunno Clarabell,maybe you better call the cops..Is that kid really doing what I think hes doing!??

Peter Yezukevich said...

"Goodbye, kids."

Brent McKee said...

Date is important on this one. Keeshan only played Clarabell between 1947 and at the latest 1954 (the dates for the second Clarabell, Nick Nicholson are unclear). After 1954 Clarabell was played by Lew Anderson, who was the one who actually said "Goodbye kids" in 1960.