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Art Clokey, the creator of the whimsical clay figure Gumby, died in his sleep Friday at his home in Los Osos, Calif., after battling repeated bladder infections, his son Joseph said. He was 88.

 

Clokey and his wife, Ruth, invented Gumby in the early 1950s at their Covina home shortly after Art had finished film school at USC. After a successful debut on "The Howdy Doody Show," Gumby soon became the star of its own hit television show, "The Adventures of Gumby," the first to use clay animation on television.

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My Gumby in my cubicle at work will have his head bowed and be wearing a black armband tomorrow morning..... Pokey will be holding a folded U.S. flag in his mouth and will be sporting a saddle with backward facing boots in the stirrups.

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