The western Iowa man who became known as the last Clarabell the Clown on the “Howdy Doody Show” has died. Lew Anderson — who was born in Kirkman — died Sunday in New York from complications related to prostate cancer. He was 84 years old. Anderson was the only Clarabell the Clown to speak on the show, when he said goodbye on the last show in September of 1960. Aside from his six years as Clarabell the Clown, Anderson was also a musician and a bandleader.
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