The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Thanks JP. Signed, A Patches Pal

With apologies to the folks that are stopping in for a daily animation, but in addition to a full weekend working on Seafair stuff (more on that next week, perhaps) a Seattle icon died yesterday.

My son was almost apologetic when he brought me the news that Chris Wedes had succumed to the blood cancer that had plagued him for the last five or so years. Like many of my generation that grew up here, I had to sit down for a few moments and I will admit to tearing up again as I write this.

I wrote about J P Patches last year just after he retired from public appearances. During the 1960’s and 1970’s every kid I knew (including me, of course) watched JP’s show. We loved JP, and that’s not exaggeration.

Anyways, today I offer you a video of the clown’s last public appearance as well as one of Chris Wedes’ last interviews

Thanks, JP. It was our priviledge to have grown up with you, or rather, thanks for being a kid’s best friend whatever our ages.

2 responses to “Thanks JP. Signed, A Patches Pal

  1. batgurrl July 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    We are children of the 50s & 60s when life was sweet and JP taught us to have fun and laugh at ourselves. I’m so with you…. what a loss to us all. Remember the good times!!!

  2. ruffled crow July 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    He was also a great reason to not tarry in bed before school. Imagine many a parent appreciated him for that fact alone. 🙂

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