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Childhood TV

Childhood TV

With 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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