Beloved Denver television icon Russell Scott, more well known as Blinky the Clown, has died Tuesday at the age of 91.
Scott was an Emmy award-winning Denver television personality for more than 40 years famously singing "Happy Berf-Day To You" to Denver children on his show "Binky's Fun Club."
"Dad was incredibly artistic," Scott's daughter Linda Scott Ballas said to The Denver Post who also told the newspaper that he died of complications of pneumonia. "Everything was to scale, like one of those model-train layouts. He hand-carved the elephants, a gorilla, put little motors under the plywood table that would move the animals in a circle, move the trapeze act and the barkers. It started out for me and my sister, but the more involved Dad got, we weren't actually allowed to touch it."
According to Blinky's website, Scott holds the unique honor of having the longest career of a children's television host in American broadcast history as well as the longest career of a television clown in the world.
The Blinky the Clown Facebook page was flooded with warm goodbyes, photos and thoughts from fans, now grown up, but remember Blinky fondly:
Thank you for the laughter and thank you for talking to me when I came into the store, that conversation will always be charished by me.
Thank you for all the smiles and laughter you gave me as a child. You'll be greatly missed Blinky :)
Blinky you defenitely were a huge entertaining part of my childhood.You always made me laugh and put a smile on my face.Thanks for the wonderful memories you gave me RIP.
Rest in Peace, Blinky, we will miss you.