International Clown Week- August 1-7

international clown weekTGIF!!!  The work week is almost over.  No insurance blogging today, keeping Friday blogs something interesting and fun. So, yesterday started International Clown Week.  Wow, I didn’t even know such an event existed.  So I did some research and found some interesting information I thought I would share in today’s blog from International Clown Week website.

How it Started

Well according to research Walt “WABO” Saveage was considered by many as the person that first came up with the idea of Clown Week around the  1950’s.  It is said that this week was selected because it was the week that both of his daughters had birthdays.

Though clown week’s humble beginnings were in the 1950’s, not much happened until 1966, when the first International Clown Week chairman Frank “Kelly the Clown” was appointed by Ray Bickford, president of Clown Club of America.

In 1967 Clown Club of America members were urged to write to their congressmen and senators requesting a presidential proclamation naming August 1-7 as National Clown Week.

Finally in 1969 a resolution was introduced. After clowns met with Senator John McClellan of Arkansas, who was chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Observances and Holidays success was finally achieved.

On October 8, 1970, Public Law 91-443 under the 91st Congress, JJR 26 was passed by both the House and Senate and was sent to President Richard Nixon for his signature. The joint resolution was signed into law by President Nixon on August 2, 1971.

Bill “BOOM-BOOM” Baily

Bill was an original member of Clowns of America when it was founded in 1967 and held membership number 81.  He was named the U.S. Chairman of National Clown Week.

Bill was honored by induction into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1996.

Well we hope you enjoyed this fun fact for Friday.  HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

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