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, little 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.
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.
While 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.