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Location of Collection

15a.1.5, 10

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Chris Wedes in 2003.

Processing Note

Processed by Helice Koffler in 2003.

15 photographs, 1 drawing, 2 certificates and 1 item of ephemera were added to the collection in 2009.

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The donation inculdes a number of artifacts which are cataloged and stored separately by MOHAI's Collections Department.

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11Certificates 1960-2003
12Clippings 1966-2002
13Correspondence (see also box 2) 1958-1998
13aQuestion of the Day 1980
14Ephemera (see also box 3) 1958-1998
15Flyers 1958-2003
16Interviews, reports 1973-1994
17Newsletters 1963-1964
18Photographs: Autographed to J.P. Patches undated
19Photographs: Contact sheets (see also box 3) undated
110Photographs: Patches Pals, then and now 1976-2002
111Photographs: Personal appearances -- children's parties 1967-2003
112 J. P. Patches and Gertrude entertaining the crowd outside KIRO-TV, Seattle, circa 1975
J. P. Patches and Gertrude riding elephants in a parade, Seattle, circa 1975
1969-circa 1978
113Photographs: Personal appearances -- fairs, parades, and other events circa 1982-2002
114Photographs: Personal appearances -- store openings or events circa 1960-1969
115J. P. Patches and Gertrude pose with child, Lacey, Washington, August 30, 1980
J. P. Patches and Gertrude pose in a department store, circa 1980
116Photographs: Portraits (see also box 3) undated
117Photographs: Portraits -- fans 1959-circa 1997
118Photographs: Television studio -- reunion show filming circa 1990
119Photographs: Television studio -- visitors to set 1966-circa 1985
120Photographs: Miscellaneous circa 1985-1998
121Photographs: Negatives undated
122Press releases undated
123Programs 1979-1992
124Songs undated
125Stationery undated
126Television scripts 1963-1992
21Fan letters 1960-1969
22Fan letters 1970-1971
23Fan letters 1972-1973
24Fan letters 1974-1976
25Fan letters 1977-1978
26Fan letters 1978
27Fan letters 1980
28Fan letters 1981
29Fan letters 1982-1988
210Fan letters 1992-2003
211Fan letters undated
212Fan letters: Class visit 1969
213Fan letters: Dear Santa letters 1980
214Fan letters: E-mails 1997-1999
31Printing plates undated
32Photographs -- contact sheets undated
33Photographs -- portraits undated
34Photograph--KIRO crew on 20th anniversary circa 1978
35Clippings 1993-2003
36Programs 1994
37Ephemera undated
38Posters undated
39Posters - autographed undated
310Drawing of Gertrudeundated

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Subject Terms

  • Clowns -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
  • Fan mail

Corporate Names

  • KIRO, Inc. (Seattle, Wash.)

Form or Genre Terms


Bob Newman, who brought laughter to children on ‘J.P. Patches’ show, dies at 88

Bob Newman, a former Marine and Mercer Island native who played Gertrude the City Dump telephone operator, Ketchikan the Animal Man, Boris S. Wort and more than a dozen other characters on KIRO TV’s seminal “J.P. Patches,” a television show for children, died Dec. 13 at age 88. His family says Newman’s passing in Shoreline followed a long illness.

Newman and Chris Wedes, who played the program’s titular clown, became Seattle superstars for a generation of kids who grew up watching “J.P. Patches,” which lasted from 1958 to 1981. The show, a live broadcast, co-starred Newman as an array of supporting characters, chiefly Gertrude.

Newman, an off-camera floor director at KIRO, famously joined the cast in 1960 when a telephone prop failure during a broadcast required some quick thinking. Newman covered the flub by speaking into an overhead microphone in a falsetto voice, as if Gertrude was speaking from the other end of the phone line. That became the permanent voice of Gertrude, and soon Newman was appearing on camera as the character, an overgrown Raggedy Ann figure with a 5 o’clock shadow. 

The comic chemistry between Wedes and Newman, who together often improvised their action and dialogue, was palpable, ensuring they’d remain in demand for public appearances years after the TV show was canceled. 

Wedes and Newman sprinkled their weekday KIRO performances with enough double-entendres and winks at grown-ups that parents enjoyed the program, too. But a big part of the appeal of “J.P. Patches” was that it never pandered or spoke down to youngsters.

“They treated kids like people, and that profoundly influenced me,” says local psychologist Marty Wikoff. “They were empathetic, creative and smart as well as silly, and all at the same time.”

That emotional sophistication, layered between the lines of the show’s wacky humor, inspired many kids to see J.P. and Gertrude as family. In a 2005 interview with The Seattle Times — on the occasion of his retirement as Gertrude after 42 years — Newman said he and Wedes constantly met young adults who told them the two characters, despite the wigs, clown nose, house dress and makeup, had been surrogate parents.

“People would say, ‘My mom and dad were broken up and we didn’t have much stuff, and you were all we had,’ ” said Newman. “I had kids, [Chris] had kids, and so we knew what was going on in the kids’ section. It’s not that we taught school, but we never talked down to kids.”

In 2008, a life-size bronze statue of J.P. Patches and Gertrude was dedicated in the Fremont neighborhood. Wedes died in 2012.

Robert Lee Newman described his childhood on Mercer Island as growing “up in the country, when there was a ferryboat and 200 or 300 people.” He was the youngest son of Lee and Ruth Newman, and he had two older brothers, Russell and Steven Newman. When Bob was 4, Steven drowned in Lake Washington after falling off the family dock. The trauma of that event later caused Newman to become a strong proponent of water safety.

After graduating from Garfield High School, Newman enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a frogman, doing tactical underwater work during the Korean War. He enjoyed the experience so much he later regretted he hadn’t remained in the Corps longer. 

He graduated from the University of Washington School of Communications, where he spent time as a radio broadcaster at KUOW-FM during its early years. After applying for jobs at Seattle television stations, he was hired as a floor director at KIRO. When Newman wasn’t on-air as one of his “J.P. Patches” characters, and long after the show ended, he continued his day job there. 

Following 26 years at KIRO, Newman then worked at public television station KCTS, where he applied makeup to on-air talent and guests. 

In the 1990s, Newman was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis. His decision in 2005 to retire as J.P.’s sidekick was because he struggled to maintain his balance.

Friends and colleagues will remember Newman for his sizzling, self-deprecating humor. Dave Drui, a former floor director at KIRO who had grown up on “J.P. Patches” and was thrilled to work on the show from 1977-79, says Newman was hysterically funny and could leave one in stitches with tales from public appearances as Gertrude. Newman also was given to impulses while on live television, Drui said.

“There was a shop vacuum on set that had been dressed up as a baby elephant,” Drui recalled. “For whatever reason, Bob turned the thing on, and it sucked the clown nose right off of J.P. while they were on live television. Everyone froze at the sight of the clown with a human nose.”

Newman is survived by his sons Paul Newman and John Newman, as well as grandson Andrew and nieces and nephews. The family says a public remembrance will be set once the pandemic is over. 

Contributions in the name of Bob Newman can be made to the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Memory Lane: Reminiscing about the PNW's beloved & iconic J.P. Patches

If you are new to the Northwest, you might want to stop reading right now as you probably have no idea who J.P. Patches was.

But for kids growing up in the greater Seattle area, Julius Pierpont Patches was a clown - for kids scared by clowns. He was the epitome of everything that was right about the city. His nose was huge, but his heart was huger. Every day for 23 years, Northwest kids would sit transfixed for two hours of shenanigans at J.P.’s magic house at the City Dump. Here is why he was so popular then and why his legacy goes on today.

Before he was J.P. Patches

Chris Wedes grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and attended Humbolt High School and Macalester College where he was involved in school theater and the campus radio station. In 1955, he began working for WMIN (later WTCN-TV) in Minneapolis where he developed a number of characters for a variety of TV series including "Captain 11" (host of a daily science fiction serials show), "Chuckwagon Chuck" (a Saturday morning western movies host), "The Bearded Lady", "Captain Squint and Joe the Cook" (for various children’s shows).

He wasn’t the first J.P. Patches

WTCN’s biggest kids shows were "Casey Jones and Carnival Clown" which was led by Daryl Laub as J.P. Patches, but he left that station for another and the big shoes of Mr. Patches needed to be filled. At first, Wedes wasn’t interested as he enjoyed playing so many different characters and didn’t want to have to wear all of the clown makeup - but we know how that ended up. In 1958, Fred Kauffman, the director of WTCN took a new job as a program director for KIRO-TV in Seattle, and asked Wedes to join him on the journey.

"J.P. Patches" wasn’t his only show

When Wedes began working at KIRO, he actually worked on three shows - "J.P. Patches" in the morning, "Mystic Mountain" in the afternoon, and "Andy and Sport" on Sunday mornings. For "Mystic Mountain", Wedes played Professor Friedel Furter (or Hotdog for short). His guests on the show were BeBop Buzzard and the evil Boris Blastoff. Although Wedes preferred playing the professor, KIRO decided that "J.P. Patches" should air both in the morning and in the afternoon, so after six months, "Mystic Mountain" became a memory.

For "Andy and Sport", Craig Shreve played the owner of Andy’s Diner and Wedes played the cook, Sport, who was VERY similar to his former role as Joe the Cook.

Wacky Facts about the "J.P. Patches Show"

The very first KIRO version of the "J.P. Patches Show" aired on February 10, 1958. When color became available, the show was Seattle’s first local program to be broadcast in full color. It aired twice a day, six days a week for 13 years - and then went to mornings only for eight years, and finally to just Saturday mornings for two years. The final show aired on September 25, 1981 after about 12,000 episodes.

J.P. & Gertrude made the Guinness Book of World Records for most 'Pies-In-The-Face' in 1972

On January 9, 1992, J.P. Patches was featured on an episode of "The Simpsons". The show’s creator, Matt Groening said that he drew a lot of inspiration for his Krusty the Clown’s character from J.P. - including one scene where Krusty is looking inside his own ICU2-TV and says that J.P. Patches was having a birthday.

Props and characters featured on the J.P. Patches Show

  • Tikey Turkey: A rubber chicken named after a nickname Chris’ mother called him when he was a boy.
  • Sturdley the Bookworm (voiced by Bob Newman)
  • Esmerelda: A Raggedy Ann doll that had a variety of soundtrack-taped laughs and cries.
  • Griswold: A stuffed dog.
  • Snarly: Boris S. Wort’s dog who looks exactly like Griswold.
  • Grandpa Tick Tock: A grandfather clock with an old man’s face.
  • Morgan the Frog: A puppet voiced by Bob Newman
  • Carmen the Dragon: (Basically a dryer vent hose) owned by Boris S. Wort.
  • Guardian Elephant: (Also a dryer vent hose) He would come to J.P.’s door when he heard Esmerelda cry.
  • Chief Moon Ray: Unseen American Indian character which was a spoof of Seattle’s Police Chief Raymond
  • The Tepokity Bird: A stuffed bird that would bother J.P. during the weather report.
  • Fred and Ethel: Unseen pet pigs of Gertrude.
  • ICU2TV: A cardboard TV prop that J.P. Patches could “see” his audience at home and it also served as a special way for J.P. to visit the North Pole during the month of December.
  • The Peek-A-Vue: A video monitor the aired cartoons, commercials or special communication with the likes of Santa Claus and others.
  • Radar Ears: J.P. wore these giant ears when speaking to Mr. Announcer Man.
  • The Pal-A-Vac: A device where Patches Pals could be determined if they had been good or bad.
  • The Hole: Unseen to audiences, a mysterious “hole” was just outside of the Magic House and when guests would leave, he would always worn them to watch out for the hole, but they never seemed to listen and a sound of a man falling was aired every time.

Human characters on the show

A variety of human characters appeared on the show - mostly played by Bob Newman who joined the show, almost accidentally, in 1960. As a weekend film editor and floor director, Newman would hang out watching the taping of the show and one time spoke to J.P. offstage using the falsetto voice we now know as Gertrude, the City Dump phone operator. Newman’s other list of characters included Boris S. Wort (the second meanest man in the world), Ketchikan the Animal Man, Ggoorrsstt the Friendly Frpl, Miss Smith (the delivery service driver), Dingbatman, The Swami of Pastrami, Leroy Frump, Officer Paddy Wagon, Santa Claus, Charlie Can-Do, Zenobi the Witch, Mr. X. R. Cise, Howard Huge and on and on.

Other characters appearing on the show

Mr. Announcer Man was heard but not seen and read the weather report. He was played by Hal Willard. Before Ketchikan the Animal Man, there was Uncle Jack the Animal Man, played by KIRO stagehand, Jack Armstrong. Other characters to appear on the show included Mr. Slick (the guy who sold J.P. the City Dump) played by Dick Hawkins; Sheriff Shot Badly played by Don Einarsen; Professor Wienner Von Brrrrrown played by Bill Gerald; Grandpa and Grandma Patches played by Craig Shreeve; Sam Gefeltafish, the director played by real show director Joe Towey; Mal Content, a dumb handyman and I.M. Rags, J.P.’s evil brother played by Joe Towey; and Superclown, aka J.P. Patches' super alter ego.

Becoming a Patches Pal

Becoming an official Patches Pal was easy as long as you committed the following acts:

  • Mind mommy and daddy
  • Wash hands, face, neck and ears
  • Comb hair
  • Brush teeth
  • Drink milk
  • Eat all your food
  • Say your prayers
  • Share your toys
  • Put toys away
  • Hang up clothes
  • Leaving a Legacy

After the "J.P. Patches Show" went off the air, Wedes and Newman continued to make public appearances for another 30 years. In the latter years, Wedes began to suffer from an incurable blood cancer but continued to spending countless hours visiting sick children at Seattle Children’s Hospital never taking a dime from them for his time.

On August 17, 2008, on the 50th anniversary of the "J.P. Patches Show", sculptor Kevin Pettelle created a bronze statue of J.P. and Gertrude called “Late for the Interurban" and placed about 250 feet east of another iconic statue, “Waiting for the Interurban.” The event was attended by numerous Patches Pals and the key-note speaker was Wedes’ 16-year-old granddaughter, Christina Frost. Near the sculpture sits a bronze replica of the ICU2-TV with Esmerelda with a spot to place donations to be given to Seattle Children’s in Wedes’ honor. Today, surrounding the statue, you’ll find dozens of engraved pavers with tributes from Patches Pals and you can purchase your own too! A one or two-line inscription is $100 and a 3-line inscription is $125. All proceeds go toward Seattle Children’s.

Due to poor health, Wedes announced that September 17, 2011 would be his last appearance as J.P. On December 14, 2011, KCTS-TV aired the tribute TV special, "J.P. Patches: Last Night at the City Dump" and on July 22, 2012, Wedes finally succumbed to the cancer at the age of 84. On June 1, 2013 a section of 34th Street in Fremont (right in front of the statue) was re-named J.P. Patches Place and the sign was unveiled by Christina Frost.

Your car could become the next Patches Pal

The love for J.P. Gertrude never seems to die. This year, the House Bill 1255 for creating a Patches Pal License Plate was introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Transportation Committee. It successfully passed the vote in the House and made its way to the Senate consent calendar, but unfortunately, the bill ran out of time for the 2019 legislative session. However, it is likely driving Patches Pals will be able to purchase their own J.P. and Gertrude license plate next year.

Where to Buy J.P. Patches Stuff

Archie McPhees

1300 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
J.P.’s Tikey Turkey is immortalized at Archie McPhees rubber chicken museum. While checking that out, fancy yourself purchasing a pair of Patches Pal socks, at J.P. Patches lunchbox, a J.P. Patches action figure, a Gertrude air freshener and more.

The City Dump
The City Dump online store offers t-shirts, stickers and mugs featuring the likes of J.P., Gertrude, Boris S. Wort and Ketchikan the Animal Man

Of course the store that offers everything from A to Z has a nice supply of J.P. items as well including videos of the J.P. Patches Show, A J.P. Patches Nodder, the books “J.P. Patches: Northwest Icon by Julius Pierpont Patches and Bryan Johnston and Johnston’s more recent work, “The Second Meanest Man in the World: And his nefarious plot to meanify Seattle.

Betty Boo Boo’s Etsy Shop
This shop features a J.P. Patches painting print and an original J.P. and Gertrude painting for sale.

A variety of J.P treats can be found on Ebay as well including vintage t-shirts, framed pictures and more.

Bartell Drugs
Believe it or not, this classy drug store chain also offers a few J.P. Patches products from time to time.

Where to learn more and celebrate J.P. Patches

As if this wasn’t enough, you can interact with other Patches Pals at The JP Patches Memorial Facebook page, read more about the history of the clown and the show check out video at the J.P. Patches YouTube Channel.


J. P. Patches

The J. P. Patches Show

Logo in 1958

Created byChris Wedes
StarringChris Wedes
Bob Newman
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons24
No. of episodesaround 12,000[1]
Original networkKIRO-TV
KCTS-TV (J.P. Patches: Last Night at the City Dump)
Original releaseFebruary 10, 1958 (1958-02-10)[2] –
September 25, 1981 (1981-09-25)[3][4]
J.P. Patches: Last Night at the City Dump special: December 14, 2011[5]

Julius Pierpont "J. P." Patches was a clown and the main character on The J. P. Patches Show, an Emmy Award-winning local children's television show on Seattle station KIRO-TV, produced from 1958 to 1981. J.P. Patches was played by show creator and Seattle children's entertainer Chris Wedes (April 3, 1928 – July 22, 2012). When the show ended in 1981, The J. P. Patches Show was one of the longest-running locally produced children's television programs in the United States.[6][7]

Gertrude (left) and J.P. Patches in 2008.

The J. P. Patches Show[edit]

The J. P. Patches Show was on TV for 23 years. For the first thirteen years, it was on twice a day, mornings and afternoons, six days a week (including Saturdays, where it aired only in the morning)[1]) from Monday, February 10, 1958, through Saturday, December 26, 1970. For the next eight years, the show only aired mornings, six days a week, Monday, December 28, 1970, through Saturday, December 30, 1978. For the final two years, the show ran exclusively on Saturday mornings, Saturday, January 6, 1979, through Saturday, September 19, 1981. There was one final week of episodes, mostly retrospectives and farewells, from Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25, 1981. The J.P. Patches Show ended up broadcasting around 12,000 episodes.[8][1]

The show premiered on February 10, 1958, on KIRO-TV. The show was immensely popular in the Puget Sound area and southwestern British Columbia; at the peak of its run, the program had a daily local viewership of over 100,000. It was enjoyed not only by children but also by parents, who appreciated J. P.'s frequent use of double entendre (G-rated) and sly subversiveness that mostly went over their kids' heads.[9] Two generations of viewers grew up as "Patches Pals", sharing the joyful zany antics of J.P. with their kids. Patches Pals were reminded every show to follow the Patches Pals daily checklist:

  • Mind Mommy and Daddy
  • Wash hands, face, neck, and ears
  • Comb hair
  • Brush Teeth
  • Drink your milk
  • Eat all of your food
  • Say your prayers
  • Share your toys
  • Put toys away
  • Hang up clothes

The J. P. Patches Show competed with two other local children's shows, Captain Puget on KOMO-TV,[10] and Wunda Wunda[11] and King's Klubhouse, both on KING-TV.[12]Captain Kangaroo, CBS's own long-running children's show, saw its first half-hour preempted by KIRO-TV in favor of J.P. Patches.

After 23 years, KIRO-TV cancelled the show because of declining ratings, and the final episode was broadcast on September 25, 1981. After the show ended, Wedes continued to portray J.P. at many public and private charity events for another thirty years[13] despite suffering in later years from incurable (but in remission) blood cancer.[14][15] Wedes spent many hours visiting sick children at Seattle Childrens Hospital in Laurelhurst, never asking to be paid. In 2011, due to declining health conditions, Wedes announced that he expected his final public appearance as J. P. to be on September 17, 2011, fifty-six years after first donning the face paint.[16] On December 14, 2011, a prime time special was aired on KCTS-TV titled J. P. Patches: Last Night at the City Dump, which was meant to serve as a farewell to the character. On July 22, 2012, at 84 years old, Chris Wedes died after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer.[17]


The show was live, unrehearsed improv with rarely more than two live actors on screen (Wedes and Bob Newman) but with frequent contributions from the sound effects man and off-camera crew.[18] J. P. was the "Mayor of the City Dump", where he lived in a shack, the inside of which was the appropriately rough but colorfully-furnished studio set. He welcomed frequent guests: Seattle boy scout and girl scout troops, various local and national celebrities (see below), and his cast of supporting characters: Sturdley the Bookworm (a puppet), Esmerelda (portrayed by a Raggedy Ann doll), Ketchikan the Animal Man (a sort of Jack Hanna character), Boris S. Wort (the "second meanest man in the world"), LeRoy Frump (a character obviously based on Art Carney's Ed Norton), Tikey Turkey (a rubber chicken), Grandpa Tick Tock (a grandfather clock with an elderly face where the pendulum would be), The Swami of Pastrami, Ggoorrsstt the Friendly Frpl (a one-eyed brown shag carpet), Miss Smith (a motorcycle riding delivery woman who told mostly awful jokes), Superclown (a JP like superhero), J. P.'s evil counterpart P. J. Scratches (per official site I.M. Rags), and J. P.'s girlfriend, Gertrude. The show's supporting cast, male and female, human or non-human, was played by the versatile actor Bob Newman.[9]

Bob Newman[edit]

Bob Newman (born January 24, 1932, on Mercer Island, Washington) initially started at KIRO-TV as a film-editor and floor director in 1960, two years into J.P.'s run. He started hanging around the set, just to watch the fun. One of J. P.'s bits was to call the city dump operator Gertrude on a big yellow banana phone, although Gertrude herself was never seen or heard. One day, as J. P. asked for a ham sandwich from Gertrude for a picnic, Newman yelled out, in a falsetto voice, "Okay Julius, I'll send it right down." Wedes was as surprised as everyone else, and from that day forward Newman became Gertrude, with his falsetto voice, frumpy dress and a wig made from a dyed red mop. J. P. got his "ham" as Bob Newman was willing to do anything for a laugh and proved to be the perfect foil for Wedes' improvisational comedy. He provided over 17 characters for the show[19] and remained a faithful friend to Chris Wedes up until his death in 2012.[20] Newman died on December 13, 2020.[21]


J. P. announced the birthdays of selected Patches Pals by "viewing" them on his "ICU2TV" set (a cardboard prop that created the appearance that J. P. was looking at you from inside your television). He predicted where a gift might be hidden in the child's house with amazing accuracy (with the never-mentioned assistance of a postcard from a parent).[9] The sound effect used was the same, distinctive ringtone of Lloyd Cramden's "presidential hotline" telephone in Our Man Flint.

Famous guests on TV show[edit]


Broadcaster Daryl Laub created the J. P. Patches character in 1953 for WTCN-TV in Minneapolis. When he left WTCN in 1955 for KSTP-TV, Chris Wedes (pronounced WEE-dus)[6] took over the character from that point on. Wedes appeared on several WTCN programs. Besides J.P., his most notable character was Joe the Cook, a sidekick to host Roger Awsumb as Case Jones on WTCN's Lunch with Casey.[9] Wedes brought J. P. with him when he moved to Seattle in 1958 to become KIRO-TV's first floor director.[9] In addition to the long-running TV show, J. P. Patches made frequent fundraising appearances for local charities. He was a common sight at Children's Hospital, visiting sick kids and promoting the work of the hospital.

Late for the Interurban statue[edit]

Late for the Interurbansculpture

On August 17, 2008, a bronze statue of J. P. and Gertrude was unveiled on North 34th Street, about 250 feet east of the intersection with Fremont Avenue North, in the Fremont section of Seattle.[22] The unveiling date was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the J. P. Patches show.[23] The statue is called Late for the Interurban by sculptor Kevin Pettelle[24] and is approximately 250 feet (76 m) east of Waiting for the Interurban. The unveiling was attended by hundreds of Patches' Pals, including Washington GovernorChristine Gregoire, Congressman Jim McDermott, King County Executive Ron Sims, and several members of the county and city councils; both Chris Wedes (J. P. Patches) and Bob Newman (Gertrude) were present. The event was emceed by Pat Cashman, and the keynote address was given by Wedes' 16-year-old granddaughter, Christina Frost.[25]

Merchandise and Videos[edit]

  • A J. P. Patches action figure is distributed by Seattle novelty dealer Archie McPhee, along with a bobblehead, lunchboxes, Christmas ornaments and assorted other collectibles.
  • In 1992, four VHS video tapes were released of the J. P. Patches Show.[26] Because the show was performed and broadcast live—in real time—very, very little footage of the show was ever made. There is a Christmas show, there is a highlights reel, there is a 20th anniversary show put together in 1978, and there is J. P.'s final show in 1981. All of the above footage was incorporated into a 2-DVD set in 2005.
  • The book J.P. Patches, Northwest Icon, by Bryan Johnston and Julius Pierpont Patches (Chris Wedes), (ISBN 0897167996) was released in 2002 by Peanut Butter Publishing.
  • Johnston has also written a novel about Boris S. Wort and his campaign to "meanify" Seattle, entitled The 2nd Meanest Man in the World (2017). Seattleites "of a certain age" will find many icons and events of their childhood put into the perspective of Wort's nefarious plot.
  • In addition to the book and action figure, DVDs and tee shirts have been available at the Channel 9 store.

Popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ abc"Long-running TV clown marks 50 years since debut". Archived from the original on 2018-04-21. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  2. ^"58th Anniversary of the First Show". Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  3. ^Daybert, Amy (July 22, 2012). "Iconic TV clown J.P. Patches dies at 84". Archived from the original on November 23, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  4. ^Banel, Felicks (November 25, 2009). "Seattle's most memorable live TV". Archived from the original on December 15, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  5. ^"KCTS 9 To Air "J.P. Patches: Last Night at the City Dump"". Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  6. ^ ab"HistoryLink Essay: Patches, Julius Pierpont". Archived from the original on 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
  7. ^Longer running local children's shows include The Bozo Show on WGN (1960—2001) and The Magic Window (1951—94) on WOI.
  8. ^"The OFFICIAL website of Seattle's Favorite Clown!". Archived from the original on October 5, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  9. ^ abcdeStein
  10. ^"McCune, Don (1918-1993)". Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  11. ^"Prins, Ruth B. (b. 1920)". Archived from the original on May 18, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  12. ^"Boreson, Stan (1925-2017)". Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  13. ^such as at the PNE in Vancouver in August 2007 and Roslyn Coal Miner Days in 2006
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  • Wedes, Chris (performer, author); Newman, Bob (performer, author); "a cast of thousands"; Towey, Joe (director in association with KIRO Television, author); Jones, Rich (director in association with KIRO Television, author) (1992). The J.P. Patches Show. [Vol. 1, Gertrude reveals Superklown] (VHS). Seattle: City Dump Productions. Remaster of rescued original recordings c. 1970s.


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    Link to RealAudio archive of interview on local morning program on KUOW-FM 94.6, Seattle.
    Host talks with local Seattle stars from the J.P. Patches Show, 54m 56s.
    RealAudio link: "'00:01:59.000'&end='00:56:05.048'[permanent dead link]"
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    2006 appearances, inclusive.
  • Johnston, Bryan; Wedes, Chris (2002). Hobson, Tom (ed.). J.P. Patches, Northwest icon. Seattle: Peanut Butter Publishers. ISBN .
    Chris Wedes holds the copyright, Bryan Johnston is the author.
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Stein referenced Jack Broom, "The J.P. Generation", Pacific Magazine, The Seattle Times, 4 April 1993, pp. 6-11,14-17;
Bill Cartmel, "Hi Ya, Patches Pals", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11 April 1971, pp. 6-7;
Erik Lacitis, "Patches Understands – and Survives", The Seattle Times, 23 February 1978, p. A15;
[no title], The East Side Journal, 31 May 1962, p. 3; Ibid. 14 May 1969, p. 19.

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