Robert Gordon Van Horn, November 16, 1924 – September 11, 2015
Now this brings back some memories:
Robert (“Bob”) Gordon Van Horn was an unassuming man, not given to boasting, and devoid of any ego. If you spoke with him, you’d never know that he was a popular TV personality, a creative innovator, or a war hero. As our mutual friend Dave Plyler told me, “Bob saw fierce combat in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge for which he earned a purple heart and a bronze star, but he never discussed his service.”…
Bob is preceded in death by North Carolina’s other legendary children’s TV show hosts: George Perry (WFMY’s Old Rebel); Fred Kirby (WBT’s singing cowboy); Uncle Paul Montgomery (WRAL’s jazz artist); and Brooks Lindsay (WSOC’s Joey the Clown). His passing earlier this month should serve as a reminder of the pioneering work they all did to make growing up just a little more fun.
Saturday afternoons, I’d plant myself in front of our black-and-white TV and watch those wonderful “B” serials Bob Gordon featured on his show in between rope and magic tricks. Rocket Man was my favorite.
Those cliffhanger serials were my first introduction to science fiction, and no doubt influenced my approach to story telling.
Thanks for the memories, Bob.
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It’s always sad when another piece of one’s childhood disappears, but when it involves the loss of someone who worked so hard to create those childhood memories, its worse. RIP Bob.
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So true. It’s hard to let go, but those who lived long and well can only be remembered with smiles, not tears.
And that’s the best way to be remembered.
I’m afraid I’m too young to have watched Rocket Man, but even as I look at the picture of him here, I can feel that part of me that’s still a nine-year-old child wanting to rush to the TV and check out the show.