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I spotted this new action figure at Archie McPhee's novelty shop, right up there with Moses' and Einstein's. Who in the world is J.P. Patches, you ask? There are few people in Seattle as beloved as this clown. 50 years ago he began broadcasting live children's programming on local TV. The program went off the air in 1981, yet J.P. (Chris Wedes) since then until now at age 80 continues to delight his Patches Pals with regular personal appearances at Children's Hospital, fairs, community events, and parties. I understand that Wedes has been undergoing treatment for blood cancer while still cheering on hospitalized children facing their own challenges. Tomorrow in Fremont from 1-3 PM, his many Patches Pals, including Governor Chris Gregoire, will gather to honor him on the plaza near the landmark interactive sculpture, "Waiting for the Interurban." There artist Kevin Pettelle will unveil his brand new fun sculpture, "Late for the Interurban," depicting J.P. Patches and his sidekick Gertrude in a slapstick run for the streetcar. Read more here and here to see the many reasons Seattle loves J.P. Patches. Oh, and I saw a J.P. bobble head at Archie McPhee's too ;^). Better get there before they run out!