October 3 in Sci-Fi History: Good Morning, Captain

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Oct 3, 2017

It was on this day in sci-fi history that Captain Kangaroo first aired on CBS in 1955.

 

It sounds very sci-fi and fantasy adjacent, yes. But this is a dude who lived with a talking moose. He had guests, he talked to interesting people, he had some puppets, and he entertained children.

Here he is with Dolly Parton. It is just as weird as it is fun.

 

The show ran for nearly 30 years, from 1955 through 1984, and was hosted the entire time by Bob Keeshan. He retired in '84 and lived another 20 years in Vermont, mostly outside of the public eye.

Today is also the birthday of three pretty groovy sci-fi types. In chronological order:

Clive Owen was born on this day in 1964 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. Sci-fi cred includes his work in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Children of Men.

 

Today is also the 50th birthday of Rob Liefeld, the co-creator of Deadpool and co-founder of Image Comics. He was born on this day in 1967.

 

And finally, Lena Headey was born on this day in 1973 (in Bermuda!). She was in 300, Dredd, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and she played Jocelyn Fairchild in The Mortal Instruments. Oh, and she's Cersei Lannister.

 

Tomorrow: Alicia Silverstone and Charlton Heston.