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Jim Fowler, R.I.P.

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My parents  limited our television watching to those shows they approved of, mainly documentaries and history.  My father often watched boxing matches and the Ed Sullivan show.   We  all watched Jim Fowler co-hosting Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” with Marlin Perkins beginning in 1963.   The Georgia native never quite lost his soft Southern accent,  or his sense of humor,  often a necessity during his many appearances on  The Tonight  Show.

He turned down offers from Major League baseball teams to become a zoologist,  and we are all richer for his decision.   I haven’t yet fulfilled my childhood promise to see all of the animals he displayed over the years,  but I’m still working on it.  I hope  he has the best seat in the house as recompense for a lifetime of educating us all.




Written by timeforthorns

May 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm