8:49 AM Posted by CalgaryDaddy
"I see Becky, I see Shane, I see Shannon, I see Tanya, I see Tamara..... Kyron had a good day! "
Remember this old classic? Before I did my post last week, Becky said I should do one on Romper Room! I laughed when a few of my comments on The Polka Dot Door show were about Romper Room instead. The shows are pretty similar and hey, after 25 years our memories all get a little fuzzy.
Each program would open with a greeting from the hostess and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then the hostess and her group of children would embark on an half hour of games, exercises, songs and moral lessons, which were regularly accompanied by background music. Romper Room tried to teach its young charges to be polite. For instance, the hostesses were always addressed as "Miss." Many of the hostesses had prior experience in working with small children, as many were former kindergarten teachers.
A recurring character was Mr. Do-Bee, an over-sized bumblebee who came to teach the children how to be well-behaved; he was noted for always starting his sentence with "Do Bee," as in the imperative "Do be"; for example, "Do Bee good boys and girls for your parents!" There was also a "Mr. Don't Bee" to show children exactly what they should not do.
At the end of each broadcast, the hostess would look through a "magic mirror" (actually a face-sized open hoop with a handle) and name the children she saw in "televisionland", then recite the rhyme, "Romper, bomper, stomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, have all my friends had fun at play?" She would then lead into, "I can see Scotty and Kimberly and Julie and Jimmy and Kelly and all of you boys and girls out there!" Kids were encouraged to mail in their names, which would be read on the air.
( Source: Wikipedia)
I also used to hang onto her every word, hoping she would call my name! What do you remember?
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