'Bozo the Clown' Historical Marker - Jacksonville, OR
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N 42° 18.765 W 122° 58.247
10T E 502408 N 4684501
The Judge Colvig House was the childhood home to the FIRST 'Bozo the Clown' made famous by Vance DeBar 'Pinto' Colvig who was also the original voice of 'Goofy' from the Walt Disney cartoons and many other famous cartoon voices.
Waymark Code: WMGJ9A
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 03/11/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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The Judge Colvig House (also known as the William Mason House and the George Schumpf House) is located on the corner of S. Oregon Street and Fir St in Jacksonville, OR. This house is listed in the Jacksonville Historic District as a contributing building. This house is also significant for the reason that it was the boyhood home of Vance DeBar "Pinto" Colvig, better known as 'Bozo the Clown'. He also was the original voice of "Goofy" from Walt Disney cartoons and many other cartoon voices. There is a plaque that hangs on a white picket fence in front of the house and reads:


This is the boyhood home of the famous Bozo the Clown.

Vance DeBar Colvig was born here in Jacksonville on September 11, 1892. He was the youngest of the seven children of Judge William and Helen Colvig. He was later nicknamed "Pinto" by his school friends because of his freckles and the name stuck for his entire life. Pinto's childhood home was filled with music and laughter and it's been said that he was a "clown" from birth! Along the way, he learned to play the clarinet which landed him his first job. At age 12, Judge Colvig took Pinto to Portland to the Lewis & Clark Centeniall Exposition, where he charmed his way into the Midway playing the squeaky clarinet, wearing oversized clothes, white maekup and a clown face. The man who hired him told him he now "looked like a real Bozo" and hence the story began.

Pinto worked in the circus and in vaudeville in the summer and during that school year at Oregon Agricultural College (now OSU), where he became known for his clever cartoons in the student publication and "chalk talk" monologues.

In the years to come, Pinto continued to work with the circus and as a cartoonist in various west coast location, including Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.

In 1916, he married Margaret Bourke Slavin in Portland, OR. In 1930, Pinto signed a contract with Walt Disney, and worked on story lines, co-wrote songs, and was the original voice for animated characters such as Goofy and Pluto, and many more character including the munchkins in the Wizard of Oz, Bluto in Popeye, and Maxwell, the automobile on the Jack Benny Show.

It was 1946 when Capitol Records created the legendary Bozo the Clown character for the children's record library, and Pinto was hired to portray the first original character. The first television series "Bozo's Circus" aired on KTTV-Channel 11 (CBS) in Los Angeles in 1949. Pinto's Bozo ended in 1956 when Larry Harmon, one of several actors hired by Capitol Records to portray Bozo at promotional appearances, formed a partnership and bought the licensing rights to Bozo.

Vance DeBar "Pinto" Colvig, the original Bozo the Clown, died of lung cancer at age 75 on October 3, 1967.

We are proud to honor his legacy.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: City

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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