"Cadet Happy" of the Space Patrol
Wichita Falls, Texas, January 21, 1926
He was born Clois Lynn Osborn on
January 21, 1926, in the middle of a blizzard, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
I was 20 months older, and trying to say brother, I called him "Buddy",
and it stuck with him, all his life. He was never ever called "Clois".
When he was 3 years old, our family moved to Michigan, living first in
Muskegeon, and then in Lincoln Park, near Detroit. Dad was in the oil
business, and worked long hours. Mom spent her time raising us, and was
always very supportive in whatever we were interested in. When Bud was
10, she enrolled us in a community theatre group, which he loved, and
I guess that was the thing that got him steered toward show business.
In school, he was the class clown, always entertaining the kids, even
then. He excelled in High School Drama classes, and played clarinet, flute
& piccolo in the marching band. He loved being in the band, and I
soon followed, with my new saxophone, and Mom joined the "Band Boosters".
Those were fun years, and we all had loving memories of the good times
we had and the great friends we made in the band. Then came the war! My
boy friend of 2 years, Bill Flood, joined the Marines, the day he became
18, and he was sent to California, I followed, and we got married. He
was soon shipped out to the Pacific, and I went home. About that time,
Buddy joined the Navy, and was sent to the Naval Training Station, in
Chicago. We didn't see either of them for a long time.
Life After the war from Lyn's letters, interviews, and my memories:
After discharge, He went to work
as a busboy in the Pump Room in the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago,
then as a candy butcher, selling candy in Rialto burlesque theater. Next,
he hitchhiked to California, and went to work as bellhop, busboy, waiter
etc., at Mount Wilson Hotel, up by the observatory. Then he came down
the hill, and drove a cab in Pasadena. He finally enrolled in the Pasadena
Playhouse for a 3-year course, on the GI Bill, and did 15 plays there.
He also dropped the Clois from his name, and became just Lyn Osborn, for
show business. Those were hard years, as the GI Bill only paid about $50
a month to live on. We had many letters that mentioned he was completely
out of money, even though he did part time work, whenever he could find
it. Mom & I were always sending him a few bucks, so he could eat.
On March 9, 1950, ten days before graduation, he got his big break, when
he started as Cadet Happy in Space Patrol, and the rest is history. After
1200 live TV episodes, 200 radio episodes, and personal appearances &
benefits all over the country, the show was canceled on March 7, 1955.
Lyn did some free lance TV shows & Movies, after that, but became
ill, and died Aug 30, 1958, after brain surgery, at UCLA Medical Center.
He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Glendale.
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