1955, Captain Kangaroo goes on air on CBS-TV


Like randy before meals, television before school has been firmly forbidden most U.S. children. But now there is Captain Kangaroo carrying on for the 2- to 8-year-olds weekday mornings on CBS-TV and parents have a hard time keeping the sets silenced. The captain, a gentle-mannered and fondly foolish old gaiter whose hats are never big enough for his head, is the creation of 28-year-old Bob Keeshan who plays the role with the keenest of paternal care because his three preschool children are at home watching. An assortment of newborn animals are his only regular guest stars, and a kindly bumpkin called Mr. Green Jeans is his single assistant. Convinced that the breakfast hour is no time for Frenzy. Keeshan intends to keep his program quiet and simple. "We plan no trips to the moon." he says. 


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