The clown has been featured in movies like Kevin Smith’s “Clerks 2” and Phillip Botti’s “Middletown“, in books and magazines such as Roadside America and Weird NJ. It even has it’s own Facebook , Myspace and Wikipedia pages.
I am sure that when the Calico (his real name) the Clown was first erected 55 years ago today, it’s owners, the Azzolina family, never thought that it would become a part of pop culture the way it has.
I was told by John Azzolina, the son of Food Circus Super Markets founder Joseph Azzolina, that Calico was designed by Leslie W. Thomas, who was a graphic design artist with Road Ad Sign Company.
Mr. Thomas, who died in 2003 at the age of 90, is famous for creating another more famous Jersey Shore icon, Asbury Park’s famous face “Tillie”, which he painted on the side of the old Palace Amusements building back in 1955.
So, in honor of of “Evil”‘s 55th birthday, the Azzolina family is planning a little birthday bash for their clown with a public gathering for all to attend at 12:00pm today. The party will take place at right in front of Calico, with birthday cake and refreshments being served.
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