Do you remember Sheriff John? If you were a young child between 1952 and 1970 you might! I liked Engineer Bill, too, but he had a “red light, green light” game with milk. I didn’t like milk (still don’t) so I wouldn’t play along. Sheriff John’s Lunch Brigade was more my flavor.
It’s almost impossible to remember a time when children’s programming included a brief non-denominational prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance along with safety and health instruction before cartoons!
Sheriff John Rovick passed away this weekend at 93 years old. I remember very little about the show itself, but I have never forgotten the Birthday Polka, or his other signature song, Laugh and Be Happy. I still sing both!
This was Jay’s birthday weekend and perhaps eerily apropos it started with a “circle of life” event.
In the wee hours of Friday morning we were startled awake with the sounds of a strange, wild animal coming from our backyard. Occasionally our waterfall and stream attracts small animals, particularly in extreme heat. We rarely observe the action, but this time, judging from what we heard–and smelled, our best guess is that a raccoon rumbled with a skunk.
Then ate the fish! Not prized koi–just goldfish. But they were two years old and I was rather fond of them.
All gone–and the water lilies and lotus completely shredded!
But what did Sheriff John sing? “Laugh and be happy?” Sure, why not!
We joined daughter Aimee and our son-in-law Anthony at California Disney–without children. I did miss them. But this was an adult evening, so off we went. Disneyland was closing early for special Halloween events and our main interest was people watching, music and dinner, so we wandered around California Adventure Park, enjoying a still-summer evening!
I think the time spent was a good way for the birthday boy to feel young at heart!
In memory of Sheriff John–Laugh and be happy!