|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 1997|
Lake San Marcos
San Diego County
Bob Bell, was famous for his alter-ego, Bozo the Clown.
Bob was born to a General Motors factory worker. He spent his life after high school doing odd jobs until he enlisted first in the United States Marine Corps and later the United States Navy during World War II, though he did not see any combat action due to the loss of vision in his right eye. Bell was able to pass the induction examination for the Marines by memorizing eye charts. He had a medical discharge from the Marines less than a year after joining in 1941. Bob then went to the Navy where he served in the Pacific Theater until 1946. Before the Marines, Bob worked in movies, taking minor roles and in set construction. Bob was also a baseball player during his Flint high school years, but was limited due to his vision loss. Bob's father, George M. Bell, played minor league baseball in the early part of the 20th century.
He broke into broadcasting in Flint as an announcer at local station WMRP (now WWCK), then left for South Bend, Indiana station WHOT (now WDND). He met his future wife Carolyn while working there. He moved into television with Indianapolis station WFBM-TV (now WRTV) in 1950.
Created by: Marc J. Daniluke
Record added: Dec 01, 2012
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