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Art Cervi, Detroit TV’s Bozo the Clown in the 1960s and ’70s, dies at age 86

Art Cervi shaped musical tastes of Detroit baby boomers as talent coordinator for the dance show “Swingin’ Time,” then found a new career by hiding in plain sight behind Bozo the Clown’s bulbous red nose and entertaining countless thousands of younger fans.

Cervi, who reached an enormous audience that never knew his name, died Monday at his home in Novi. He was 86.

Several Bozos appeared on Detroit television between 1959 and 1980. Cervi played the character the longest — from 1967 until 1975 on Channel 9 (CKLW-TV) and then on Channel 2 (WJBK-TV) until he, and Bozo, left the air in 1980.

The size of Cervi’s audiences as Bozo probably makes him one of the biggest stars in Detroit TV history. No one in Detroit, however, would have recognized Cervi on the street. He had a clause written into his contract requiring that he be chauffeured to the station

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In defense of 2000s horror, an age of torture, tank tops, and Wikipedia

In defense of 2000s horror, an age of torture, tank tops, and Wikipedia
In defense of 2000s horror, an age of torture, tank tops, and Wikipedia

Welcome to 2000s Week! We’re exploring the pop culture that shaped us at the turn of the millennium, and examining what the films, shows, and games from the era say about us then and now. It’s a little #tbt to the days before #tbt was a thing.

We are living in an obscenely good time for horror.

Over the past decade, scary movies have not only , but have also evolved into some of the smartest and most culturally significant films of our times. In 2020, we’ve already seen projects such as and speaking to themes of isolation and existential dread — presciently playing on the pandemic those movies’ creators never could have anticipated.

In recent years, we’ve also seen titles including Get Out (2017), A Quiet Place (2018), Midsommar (2019), and more make impressive progress towards

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