June 30, 2013 |
Matt Osborne -- who as the original Doink the Clown brought delight and probably more than a little terror to professional wrestling fans everywhere -- has died at age 55. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth is reporting that Osborne died in a local hospital after his girlfriend found him unresponsive inside their Plano, Texas, apartment. There was no word on the cause of death, although investigators are saying it appears to be accidental. On its website, the WWE called Osborne's character "one of the most enduring personas of the early '90s.
March 28, 2013 |
BRASILIA, Brazil - Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva never expected to actually be elected to Brazil's Congress. When he ran for a seat in 2010, he used his clown name, Tiririca, and wore a tiny orange hat and a blond wig in his campaign TV spots. Between singing and dancing, he made some very odd campaign promises. "What does a federal deputy do? I don't really know. But vote for me, and I'll tell you!" "I promise to help those in need," he said, in a nod to political corruption.
June 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps no one has been more enamored of Washington Nationals' rookie slugger Bryce Harper than his fellow Nevadan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, a great lover of baseball, brings up Harper almost weekly in his press briefings on Capitol Hill, including Tuesday, when, in a display of pop-cultural proficiency, Reid popped off with "That's a clown question, bro" -- Harper's put-down gone viral -- when asked a political question on Capitol Hill. Reid was being questioned about the muted Republican response to President Obama's decision to allow young illegal immigrants a temporary reprieve at deportations, a policy that grew from the Dream Act. Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential nominee, has yet to substantially address the issue, and fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill are largely holding their opinions until he does.
April 18, 1996
Thank you to Lynell George for her terrific article regarding Jack in the Box ("My Life With the Clown," March 28). I felt like she must have lived my childhood! I think "Jack in the Box" were the first words I learned to spell as I had a Grandma who would take me to Jack's, but to keep it a secret, she would spell it out to my mom. Thank you for a Thursday morning walk down memory lane. --KELLEE McCRORY Santa Ana While reading "My Life With the Clown," I thought I could actually smell the wafting aroma of childhood memory.
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April 18, 1994
I found your article "Send in the Clowns . . . An Army of Evil in Oversized Shoes" (March 24) to be very offensive and negative to the--yes--"art of clowning." Maybe the reporter wrote in response to how his audition went: bad. Maybe he's just not funny. At any rate, with an attitude like the one throughout the article, I doubt if the public would welcome him into the world of the clown. I am a clown. I graduated from the very school in 1978 and have clowned in various circuses both here and in Europe, including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey.
April 2, 2012 |
Many worlds collided Sunday night on the second episode of this season's long-anticipated “Mad Men”: Don Draper and the Rolling Stones. Fat, depressed Betty and Don's mod new wife, Megan. And a sideways swipe at George Romney, a onetime presidential candidate, that had many wondering if series creator Matthew Weiner was implying something about his son, Mitt, front-runner in the current Republican presidential campaign. In the episode, Betty's new husband, Henry Francis, a Republican political operative working for New York City Mayor John Lindsay, tells someone on the phone, “Well, tell Jim his honor's not going to Michigan.