HENRY HARRISON (Harry) HELTON, JR.
CLASS OF 1952
1933 - May 7, 2017
Former AHS Live Mascot
Harry put on his AHS mascot gear at his 60th AHS Class of
We called him Harry, but professionally he
uses his first name, Henry!
He went from being one of the greatest
"live" Indian mascots at Albany High School to take on the role of
"Happy the Clown" ... and the truth is ... the name "Happy" suits
him best of all!
In between "Harry" and "Happy" he was Henry
who served in the Army for two years, then was given early release to
attend FSU, graduating with a BS Degree; then his Masters at Georgia
His first performance as "Happy" was at the
1958 Gator Bowl! Of the clowning career he says that Red Skelton was his
idol. And he bases his acts on this quote from Mr. Skelton, "If
you have to use four-letter words to tell a joke, you're not funny."
He taught leadership dynamics and program
development at Appalachian State, and was the associate executive
director of the YMCA, 40 miles north of Charlotte.
Harry was recently chosen as "A Notable
Neighbor" in the Claremont Hickory Daily Record, a local newspaper!
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