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Yianni Stamas Unpacks the Meaning Behind Emmett Kelly Day

Kelly was the First

Emmett Kelly

When I was a 11 years old while living in Amherst (pronounced “Amerst” not “AmHerst) Massachusetts, one of my most favorite thing do to was to go to Jones Library and research topics I was interested in. “Magic” was by far my most explored topic, though, a branch of the art of magic is clowning. I would read with great interest about a very special clown named Emmett Kelly.

Tattered Clothing

That is why today is meaningful for me. Emmett Kelly was a pioneer and the first clown to come up with a sad clown persona. He had a frown and was and carried a stick on his shoulder with a bag hanging from it. He also wore slightly tattered clothing.

The Fight

Emmett Kelly created an original and impactful character in the art of clowning. This portrayal was developed during a time when a goofy buffoon with a big painted on smile was the norm. Kelly went right up against this and at first was not taken seriously.

American Ingenuity

I bring up Emmett Kelly’s creation here USA Online Business not only because December 9th is Emmett Kelly Day, but also because this character is a terrific example of innovation and the sometimes challenging process of pushing through expectations to something new. Business owners, I believe, should always be pushing to be one step ahead in their chosen vocation. Thanks Emmet Kelly for being a great example of American ingenuity!