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Happy the Clown - Popular children's show host who appeared in the Philadelphia area from 1956-1968 on WFIL-TV Channel 6.

Howard Jones as Happy the Clown - Courtesy of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Archives

One of the program highlights was the "Marching Sticks" segment when all the kids were given a set of wooden sticks. As the music played, they proceeded to march around the studio banging the sticks together to the beat of the music.

At the end of the march they climbed up a ladder and slid down a sliding board. Occasionally, Happy gave special kids rides on Chippy the Chipmunk.

Howard Jones died from cancer in July of 1993. He was 84. Jones had become a realtor after leaving his television show.

When Happy the Clown (Howard Jones) was not available for the show, a character named Sawdust Sam (a.k.a. Howard Ennis) substituted. He wore a plaid Gay Nineties-style suit, parted his hair in the middle, sported a cardboard mustache and made a wide-eyed expressions as Porky Pig's catchphrase "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!" played in the background.


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