Art Clokey passed on to the eternal claymation heaven, wherever that may be, at the age of 88 on Jan. 8, 2010. Art gave us Gumby and Pokey and even though you may not have known his name, I cannot imagine anyone who had not heard of Gumby.
I remember watching Gumby in black & white on TV when I was little. Those fond memories carry forward to this day as I approach the dreaded senior years. (Though some may think I am already there, I say you are only as old as your mind makes you!)
I have a faded stuffed Gumby that is packed away now, but many years ago, he used to ride with me on the dash of a van we had. I had bought or made seasonal "garb" for Gumby to wear, like a Santa hat at Christmas. I also have a larger Santa Gumby which can be seen on my fireplace hearth in my Giant Elf Invades Home entry as well as in Santa Is At My House.
Thanks Art! Long live Gumby!