Buckaroo Club Celeb's
Known for her roles as Donna Reed's daughter Mary on The Donna Reed Show (1958–1963), and as Hayden Fox's love interest on the sitcom Coach (1989–1997). In 1962, her recording of "Johnny Angel" reached number one on Billboard. Ranger Bob still has the record and her picture in his hope chest.
Scott Bakula & Dean Stockwell
Quantum Leap originally aired 1989 through May 1993. It starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who leaps through spacetime during an experiment in time travel, and Dean Stockwell who appeared to him as a hologram. They thought the Ranger's show was even more unbelievable than theirs!
Former American stock car racing driver, Mark Martin has five IROC Championships- more than any other drive! Picture is from Daytona 500. Mark asked to take this picture with Ranger Bob to compare the fastest man with the slowest man.
The Higgins Boys & Gruber
(L-R) David Higgins, Dave Allen, and Steve Higgins (who currently serves as the announcer of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) Starred on Comedy Central's first TV show, "The Higgins Boys and Gruber" (1989-92). Tried to give the Ranger tips on being funny....it didn't work.
The fitness guru, actor, and comedian promoting weight-loss programs, prominently through his "Sweatin' to the Oldies" line of aerobics videos. Richard was doing a promo for the Buckaroo Club TV show, but he kept getting the Ranger's name wrong...also a common problem for viewers the during TV ratings.
Shaq was drafted by the Orlando Magic. He took first overall pick in the 1992, he took Rookie of the Year in 1992–93, and then he took the Rangers hat! Palming a basketball is one thing-but palming the inflated head of a TV personality..Now THAT's amazing!
The communications director of the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, and recipient of the Wildlife Ambassador Award. Ron cohosted with Ranger's character (Dr. Zoolittle) for a kids program on WBFS-TV. Miami, FL. Difficulty was trying to keep Ranger Bob from monkeying around during taping.
Jack worked for a wildlife adventure company and directed the small Sanford Zoo and Central Florida Zoo from 1973 to 1975. Then moved to Columbus Zoo in 1978. He visited Ranger on the set to talk about his time at the Zoo in Central Florida. Jack tried to bring an elephant on the set with Ranger Bob, but the elephant kept complaining about the smell.
Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou is a retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, however was unimpressed with the Ranger showing her that he could "jump real high in the air."
She is best known for her role as Rebecca Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House, appearing in the series from 1988 to 1995. She met with Ranger Bob at Hollywood Studios for an interview about being a successful actor, hoping it would help Ranger Bob....it did not.
Picture taken at Daytona 500 with Professional stock car racing driver Bobby Labonte during trials. Bobby is the first driver to have won both the Winston Cup championship (2000) and the Busch Series championship (1991). During the interview, Bobby has a confused look on his face because the Ranger was talking into his hand instead of a microphone.
One of the original NASA Mercury 7 astronauts, in May 1961 he made the first manned Mercury flight. Shepard's craft entered space, but did not achieve orbit. A lot like Ranger Bob's TV show. Alan was heard walking away laughing and saying'' "Ranger Bob a TV star?....Yeah right like when we land a man on the moon!'
Safety Officers Hank and Gary-Rochester PD
Officers Hank Majowskas and Gary Raz were regular characters on the show because they believed that Ranger Bob was smuggling something into the country. Ranger Bob eventually stopped having them on, because they were funnier than HE was!
Sgt. Joe Robinson-Orlando PD
This picture of Sgt. Joe was taken 22 years ago. I hope he got promoted above Sgt by now! Joe was a great spokesperson for teaching kids good law abiding morals, and one time when no one was looking he let the Ranger wash and wax his motorcycle in the parking lot.
Rick conceived and designed the puppets for 2004's Tony award-winning Best Musical AVENUE Q and worked on Muppet Vision 3-D. A Rochester native, he would drop by the Buckaroo Club with his puppets to show Ranger Bob that he could make more money talking to his hand than Ranger Bob could make as a TV show host.
Wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills Football Team from 1989-1992. James stopped by to stress importance of school stating, "Always do your best, that doesn't mean you have to be the best, it means doing your personal best." The part about not 'being' the best really gave the Ranger hope for the future.
Stuff the Magic Dragon
Stuff the Magic Dragon is the official mascot of the Orlando Magic debuting in the 1989-90 NBA season. Theres nothing like being stuck inside a costume when you're sweating like Niagara Falls! People know your coming before you get there...When Stuff talks his nose whiles just like Ranger Bob's!
Aden Russell-Orlando Science Center
The Buckaroo Club was a regular visitor to the Science Center and our guide and teacher Aden was great. She had a natural ability to take the most complicated discoveries, and make them simple to understand- not for the kids- for Ranger Bob! She like to have him stand next to a fossil and say to the kids, "Which one is older?"
Jake Vest is the creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon 'That's Jake'. Vest drew from his own experiences of growing up in the country and started cartooning while serving in the Army in Korea in 1971. Jake invited Ranger Bob into his studio for a staying in school segment on the show.
From 1960 into the late 80's we still played record discs so the on-air performers were called DJ's (Disc-Jockeys). Born Bob Smith, his first radio job was at WYOU-AM in Newport News, Virginia. In 1965, he moved to XERB-AM, a 50,000 watt powerhouse station heard all over North America. Most announcers had deep pleasant voices but his was raw and raspy mixing rowdy rock with his verbal antics. Coming up with the name and likeness of the nighttime Wolfman (to go with his late night shift) was truly genius. Timing is everything!
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