‘Blinky the Clown’ remembered for making kids and adults laugh
He was as much a part of Colorado as the Rocky Mountains. Except, he made us laugh. “That’s what I want to do, make people laugh.”
For over 40 years Russell Scott, better known as Blinky the Clown, has entertained Colorado kids as a television clown for Colorado’s Own Channel 2 in Denver. Leroy Gomez remembers watching Blinky in the 1960′s, “He was a fine substitute for children who grew up without fathers.”
Chris Duis has known Scott for over 30 years. They were friends, “I would go on the toy run with him, and just his impact when he’d walk in the hospital and the little kids faces lighten up. I mean, that’s healing.”
Last week, Russell Scott passed away at the age of 91.
Tuesday, a memorial open to the public was held at the Scottish Rite Temple in Denver. It was befitting Colorado’s favorite clown as red foam clown noses were handed out to all who entered. Blinky specifically requested this before he died.
Before serving Colorado’s kids for generations, Russell Scott served his nation in World War II. Scott was a drill sergeant for the Army Air Corps in England.
As Scott was laid to rest at Fort Logan Veterans Cemetery, he leaves behind a rather large family, thousands of children, all grown up.