"Cousin Cliff" Holman

posted 2008-09-09 16:01:39 by grendel

To a generation of baby boomers who grew up in Birmingham and around Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s, ''Cousin Cliff'' is a legend --- a local TV institution who was as big around here as Captain Kangaroo or Bozo the Clown.

''He did five shows a week, with 20 or 30 kids a show,'' Everett Holle, who hired Cliff in 1954 and remained a close friend, told The Birmingham News earlier this year for a story. ''That's more than 100 kids a week, 5,000 kids a year. Plus their parents. So his fan base was huge.''

Mr. Holman had Alzheimer's disease.