Captain Kangaroo's gentle, positive, patient approach is sorely missed these days. Bob Keeshan had a gift for making his young viewers feel as if he was talking only to them. His warmth and kindness came vividly through the TV screen, making children feel loved. One big reason is that he didn't talk down to them; he simply talked TO them. He was a friend to all the young people who watched him.
The show had a laid-back, leisurely pace that is not common today. Hard to imagine a show in this day and age putting on segments such as The Town Clown or Dancing Bear. Certainly, there are some fine children's shows on the air these days, but there are few that give children credit for intelligence and patience the way that Captain Kangaroo did.
The show mixed caring and nurturing with silliness and fun. That's a rare combination. It's what made every morning with the Captain special.
Here's to you, Captain, along with Mr. Green Jeans, Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, Dennis, Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock, Fred on Channel One, Tom Terrific, the Banana Man, Mr. Baxter, etc., etc. But, mainly, here's to you, Bob Keeshan, for creating one of the best -- if not THE best -- children's TV shows of all time.