Oopsy Daisy’s creator, Robert (Bob) J. McNea was born in St. Thomas, Ontario Canada in the summer of 1929.

By the time he was 6 years old the Great Depression had swept through the country. Times were difficult, making feelings of pure joy and happiness seem illusive, even for a small child. One day, while paging through a magazine, littleFelix-Adler Bobby found a clown photo of Ringling Brothers clown Felix Adler, and from that moment on he knew he wanted to be in show biz!

He had dreamed of becoming a famous clown for most of his life, so at 15 years young, he quit school, packed a suitcase and sandwich, and ran away with the circus. Bob McNea never looked back.

His first television appearance was in the late 40’s promoting the Michigan State Fair Grand Stand Show on WXYZ-TV in Detroit Michigan.He enjoyed the experience so much, that Bob became fixated on becoming a TV celebrity. Little by little opportunities presented themselves to the young man.

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By 1954, he was married with children, had moved to Windsor Ontario and landed his own local summer “replacement” show called “Moppets” produced at CKLW-TV.

Moppets 1955 001While he waited for his big break, he was a regular character actor on several shows in Detroit including “Night Court”, “Up for Appeal”, and “Juvenile Court”, back in the days when shows, including commercial breaks, were broadcast LIVE in black and white.




Then, fate stepped in and Bob won an audition at Detroit’s WWJ-TV to portray Bozo the Clown.

The show quickly became one of the hottest and highest rated in the market, televised in a 1/2 hour live-to-air format 6 Bozo_McNea family300widedays a week in front of a studio audience for the next eight years. His family was very happy!
In 1965, WWJ executives strategically determined not to renew the licensing for Bozo, instead giving Bob a chance to live his lifelong dream by filling the time slot with his own clown character “Oopsy Daisy”. Every morning, as he had done since a teenager, Bob painted his face with white and red greasepaint, snapped on a big red nose, changed intoColoured-Oopsy-promo-shot-001 the lime green jumpsuit, floppy checkered boots and glittering green top hat embellished with daisies to become a kids celebrity icon in around the great lakes.
Over a decade later, Bob negotiated a deal with Canadian CTV affiliate, CKCO-TV relocating production to Kitchener, Ontario.
Through Sumfun Productions Inc., Bob, his life-long partner Frances Kay, daughter Kathryn Lynn and son Michael wrote, produced, acted and developed the show for many more years, as well as produced the popular amateur talent show “Big Top Talent” with Oopsy acting as on camera host.


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