Bob Hamilton entered the clowning work in 1974 after becoming a Shriner. He maintained a strong association with the Shriners, but also became an influential role model in the Clowns of America organization and the Midwest Clown Association. His forte was in the crafting of clever parade props which won him many trophies and awards. Bob was a charter member of the Calumet Clowns and in the Hall of Fame of the Midwest Clown Association. He was a member of Orak Temple Shrine Clown Unit, the International Shrine Clown Association, the Great Lakes Shrine Clown Unit Association and Clowns of America, International.
He was the first education director for the International Shrine Clown Association, and coordinated the first ever training program for Shriners at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Clown Camp ¨. His ability to live as a clown enriched all that entertained or laughed with him in his various award winning skits and parade gimmicks. “Hambone” takes his place among the great showmen in the world of clowns. Bob made people smile wherever he performed.
He was a regular clown visitor at various Shrine hospitals, burn centers and temple circuses. He also made regular visits to Hammond’s Saint Margaret’s Pediatric Ward and the Emergency room. “Hambone” cherished the many friendships he made nationwide practicing the art of clowning. Those that knew him looked forward to his full-face smile and kind nature. He was a gentleman among clowns.
Bob “Hambone” Hamilton was inducted into the 1999 Clown Hall of Fame.