: Flippo, the King of Clowns, played by comic and musician Bob Marvin, is blowing bubbles with a toy saxophone. Flippo was a well-known television personality in the Columbus, Ohio, area. Between 1952 and 1977 he starred in "Tip Top Bandwagon," "Flippo's Big Show," and "The Early Show" on WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate station in Columbus.
"Bob Marvin" was the professional name of Marvin W. Fishman (1927-2006), who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began his show-business career as a musician; he was a talented saxophone player. He started at WBNS in 1950, singing and performing in sketches on the "Homemaker's Hobnob" morning show. Two years later he began his tenure as Flippo, King of the Clowns. He remained at WBNS for 27 years and then spent his last years in television at an early cable-television service, Qube. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL06286 Subjects
: Clowns; Television personalities; WBNS-TV (Television station : Columbus, Ohio); Television programs for children; Cultural Ohio--Popular Culture Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)