A lavish photo history and intimate look at the career of Bob Keeshan, TV’s Captain Kangaroo.
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Review by for Good Morning, Captain: Fifty Wonderful Years with Bob Keeshan, TV’s Captain Kangaroo
Many of the photos in the book bring back good memories of watching the Captain. The text of the book is informative, but was a bit less detailed and comprehensive as I’d hoped. I learned several things about the cast I had no previous knowledge of. Very talented folks. But I personally would have loved more background stories.
Review by C. Cabrera for Good Morning, Captain: Fifty Wonderful Years with Bob Keeshan, TV’s Captain Kangaroo
I went down memory lane with all the photos. I was back in front of our black and white T.V. in 1957 watching the Captain. I especially enjoyed the early years before the Captain’s red coat. I thought the text was informative and just about right. I wasn’t looking for a long read and intimate details, but rather a reminiscing of a time passed. I also learned several things about the cast especially Mr.Green Jeans. I was sorry to hear he has passed way. I recommend it to any Captain Kangaroo fan. My only regret was that the “Banana Man” was not there.
Review by Kathleen for Good Morning, Captain: Fifty Wonderful Years with Bob Keeshan, TV’s Captain Kangaroo
A previous reviewer (Jane) asked if anyone knew the words to Crabby Appleton’s song. I was surfing the web and found this:“Tom Terrific was of my favorite segments of Captain Kangaroo.”, TVpartier Ricky Waller writes, “I don’t know if you have this documented, but the villainous Crabby Appleton sang a song that I will always remember and it went like this : ‘My name is Crabby Appleton, I’m rotten to the core I do a bad deed every day, and sometimes three or four I can’t stand fun for anyone, I think good deeds are sappy, I laugh with glee, it pleases me, when everyone’s unhappy!’”
Review by Jan for Good Morning, Captain: Fifty Wonderful Years with Bob Keeshan, TV’s Captain Kangaroo
Mornings sitting on the floor in front of the TV eating a bowl of Cheerios and watching the Captain. Bunny Rabbit tricking Mr. Moose with ping pong balls, and tricking the Captain to get his carrots.Tom Terrific (does anyone know the words to Crabby Appleton’s song?)and the lovable Mr. Green Jeans, Mr. Bainter the painter, and waking up Grandfather Clock, I loved them all. This book takes me back to that special part of my childhood. I wondered where The Banana Man was, he wasn’t included in the book. Na,na, na, na, na, wow!This is a wonderful book full of memories.
Review by Mr Groovy 70s for Good Morning, Captain: Fifty Wonderful Years with Bob Keeshan, TV’s Captain Kangaroo
Has anybody out there ever known somebody well enough who can (pardon the cliche) “tell it like it is”? Well, Bob Keeshan (aka Captain Kangaroo) does JUST THAT in this touching memoir.
It is, without a doubt, one of the BEST autobiographies in years. Mr. Keeshan had such a flair for staying sensitive, straightforward, sincere, and not to mention playful and humorous. A good example is on page 73, when he describes theping-pong ball joke Mr. Moose used to play on him: “Pulling a fast one on the ol’ Captain was something that kids loved for more than thirty years. It never got old!” Not a bad one-liner, here, not bad at all. Likewise, Mr. Keeshan, neither did your show, which today, is a bona fide classic. (For those of you out there who think this is old school, guess again.)
It is also with such a drive for such perky optimism that really made the show an American institution. Mr. Keeshan elaborates this on page 136 in the chapter, “The People who Make it Happen” with all the quality talent he assembled: whether it was directors, writers, and even guest celebrities, such as Mike Farrell (MASH), Eli Wallach, and Carol Channing.
Besides, how many people know that among the talent here was Lynn Ahrens, who used to write for “Schoolhouse Rock”? She also wrote the show’s last theme song. Anyway, here’s how I remember it, with the last few verses:
The Captain is coming,
just look at him now!
special, and new!
The Captain is coming
and you’re gonna love him,
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, BOB KEESHAN. FROM WHAT YOU’VE WRITTEN HERE IN YOUR BOOK, YOU’RE A WONDERFUL, COMPASSIONATE, CHARISMATIC HUMAN BEING. FOR THAT, YOU NOW REST WITH THE ANGELS, FOR YOU’RE ALSO A REAL GOD-SEND. MAY YOUR LEGACY CONTINUE ON WITH THIS BOOK,AND MAY IT ALWAYS ENLIGHTEN AND INSPIRE THOSE WHO WANT TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS.