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The man behind the nose : assassins, astronauts, cannibals and other stupendous tales
Harmon, Larry.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : It Books!, [2010]

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xi, 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
You might not know as much as you think about the world's most famous clown. Sure, you know the giant shoes, the bulbous nose, the big ruby smile, and the twin shocks of red yak-hair. And you know the many clowns inspired by him, from Ronald McDonald to Krusty the Clown. Well, the wild, inspirational stories in this book are all true. 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 should consider a career change. A decade later, 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, and turned Bozo into a cultural icon. But that was only the beginning.--From publisher description.
A Howdy from Your Old Pal -- The Early Antics -- Dad, my best friend, and the old ticket taker in the moving picture that came to life, part I -- Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Mr. Wilcoxon in a boy and his drumsticks -- Ralph Rush, Katy the Spotter, and the Cleveland Heights High marching band in the little dry cleaner who could -- Al Jolson and the U.S. Cavalry in the moving picture that came to life, part II -- John Philip Sousa and my babysitter in a walk with the march king -- Eddie Cantor and the shadow man in the runaway drum -- Commander Comet, Gort the Robot, and Chuck Yeager in space is the place -- Some record company bigwigs in getting off the merry-go-round -- Bozo and Ziggy in how a yak saved a clown -- Bozo and the weatherman in cloning a clown -- The Bozo Adventures -- Photorama: a Bozo World -- Bozo and the cannibals in an amazing adventure at the edge of the world -- Bozo and the U.S. Air Force in the vomit comet ride -- Bozo and the New York City Fire Department in a four-story fall -- Bozo and the U.S. Navy in Davy Jones' Locker -- Bozo and the pugnacious python in the big squeeze -- The Big Leagues -- Bozo and the Cleveland Indians in a clown on the mound -- Bozo and John F. Kennedy in the incredible campaign for the red, white, and blue -- Photorama: the Many Faces of Larry Harmon -- The Los Angeles paramedics and the amorous agent in a miraculous recovery.
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