Childhood TV

Childhood TVWith the passing of Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan yesterday, I realized I have no memory of ever watching Captain Kangaroo on television as a child. According to IMDB, the show was on from 1955 to 1984. That put it right in my wheel house. How did I miss it?

I certainly knew of Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans as a youth. The names were such a part of popular culture you absorbed information about them through osmosis. I still don't think I ever saw a minute of the program.

The shows I do remember watching I have fond memories of. I recall spending the majority of my time with Big Bird, Oscar, Ernie, Bert and Mr. Hooper and the gang from Sesame Street. You might say I'm a product of the Children's Television Workshop. I also remember "Polka Dot Door", "The Electric Company", "Jeremy", "The Friendly Giant" and "Mr. Dressup". I caught a little "Uncle Bobby" and "Mr. Rogers" here and there, but the previous list were my staples.

On a side note, I learned one more interesting thing about Captain Kangaroo from IMDB. I shared a birthday with him.


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scott sawler

Casey and Finnegan were originally created for a program that went on to become 'Mr. Dressup'. What was the name of the initial series?

September 23, 2007 @ 11:46 AM

Toronto Mike

No idea, but you're one of a dozen people to visit this site today after googling that exact question.

Is this for some kind of contest?

September 23, 2007 @ 3:29 PM

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