VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A new museum celebrating the career of the late comedian Red Skelton has opened in his southwestern Indiana hometown.
Skelton family members took part in a grand opening ceremony Thursday evening in Vincennes on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy features memorabilia and videos about his influence on early television and comedy with his characters, such as Freddie the Freeloader.
Valentina Skelton tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial she is impressed with the museum's videos of her father's old TV shows and its display depicting his dressing room.
Longtime Skelton friend and "M-A-S-H" actor Jamie Farr joined in the opening activities. Farr tells WEHT-TV he's surprised Skelton kept so many items from his long career.