The Home for Slackless Children was created largely by "Connie" Dobbs with her husband J. R. "Bob" Dobbs in 1956. It helps orphaned children get Slack.
The first was built in Topeka, Kansas, in 1956. "Connie" (aka Conni) was an actress in childrens' television best known for her clown character of Connie Cream Pies. She gave Slack to children on the show, but grew increasingly concerned about the number of children who lived virtually slackless lives. She received fan letters from many children, especially orphans in highly structured group homes, who were forced to do chores or organized activities without time for slack. She told her husband, "It's hard for me to give our children enough Slack. I can give my young fans some for 30 minutes. But what about all the children out there who don't have any?"
At the dedication, "Bob" famously consoled a disadvantaged orphan by saying, "There is no God. But if you're any kind of real American, you'll demand that he treat you as an EQUAL!"
Shamlicht Kids ClubEdit
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One of the home workers known as Sister Hooter began her own home for girls in trouble modeled after the Home for Slackless Children. This was known as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception School for Unwed Mothers (OLICSUM).
Later she and her girls, and Captain "Sesame Seed" Rogers and his boys, the Bonobo Boys Band, co-created the Shamlicht Kids Club. This club was designed for all children including both those from slackless and slackfilled homes.