If you are over the age of 25 and grew up in Arkansas, chances are you spent many afternoons watching The Bozo Show, right here on KATV. It's been 20 years since Gary Weir hung up his big brown shoes, red nose, and bright orange wig.
The Bozo Show is a part of Arkansas television history. It aired 3:30 every afternoon for 25 years showcasing cartoons, games, but mostly, bozo and the kids.
Gary Weir says the most common phrase said him when people see him is "'do you walk to school or carry your lunch?' or 'how smart is your mom, 100 or 45! And they'd say 45!'"
Today, Weir is owner or part-owner of 15 race horses. It's something he loved
HERE, IS PLEASANT HILLS TRAINING CENTER OUTSIDE HOT SPRINGS.
WEIR IS NOW OWNER OR PART-OWNER OF 15 RACE HORSES. IT'S SOMETHING HE LOVED EVEN DURING HIS BOZO YEARS.
"The first horse my dad ever had back in 1971 was named Boranda," he says, "Named by my mother. She named it after Bozo, my brother, Randy, and my daughter Amanda - Boranda."
For the past 18 years, Weir has combined his love of horses and television, on The Oaklawn Report, a daily review of races during the track season. It airs on cable systems statewide and nationwide on Horse Racing TV.
Much has changed since Weir left KATV in the mid 80's, but much is the same. A few old friends and his old studio.
And in those days, Bozo did it all. Baseball with the Travelers, trips to the zoo, and Christmas specials. But mostly he made Arkansans smile, every afternoon.
"It's so funny, it seems like the longer we've been off the air, the more people come up to me in restaurants or various places and say hey I was on your show when I was 7 and now I'm 39," says Weir.
"I always tell them, I'd hate to have done something for 25 years and nobody remember it. Looking in those little eyes was a thrill everyday and seeing they were enjoying themselves and there was a program just for them
Weir now has 2 daughters and 3 grandsons. He's producing a book, called "25 years with Bozo The Clown". It should be available in November. Along with a website, where visitors can post their own pictures with Bozo over the years.