I felt a real pang yesterday when I learned of the passing of one of my childhood television heroes, Sheriff John.
Like my other childhood favorites of the late '60s, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Green Jeans, Sheriff John was reassuring, conveying the message that the world was a good and interesting place. He gently reinforced patriotism and religious faith by leading children in the Pledge of Allegiance and saying grace at lunchtime.
And of course, there was this song, imprinted on the minds of thousands of California children:
John Rovick was a WWII veteran who portrayed Sheriff John from 1952 to 1970, a significant portion of his over three decades working at KTTV Los Angeles. He was 93 when he passed on yesterday.
Kevin Roderick also pays tribute at L.A. Observed.
Thanks and God bless you, Sheriff John.