James Wall ("Captain Kangaroo") dead at 92

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James Wall, Captain Kangaroo's Mr. Baxter, dies at 92
by Tanner Stransky

James Wall, who played neighbor Mr. Baxter on the children’s show
Captain Kangaroo, died Wednesday after a short illness in New York
City, according to the AP. He was 92. Wall began at the popular show
in 1962 as a stage manager, but presuaded the producers to let him be
the show’s first black character in 1968. After he ended working on
Kangaroo, Wall continued his stage manager work at CBS for many years,
working on programs ranging from CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes to
NFL Today and Face the Nation. One of his roles as stage manager was
to count down the seconds until air for Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.
You know what's happening right now? Up there, in Heaven, old Fred
Rogers is rolling up his sleeves showing Mr. Green Jeans and this Wall
guy (who I don't remember) his Navy tattoos up and down his arms. And
Mr. Dressup has his hand up Casey and Finnegans ass. :-o Heaven's a
freaky-deaky place for dead childrens' stars.