Here’s a little trip down memory lane … right back to the early childhood years when life was so carefree and simple. Did you used to watch Romper Room when you were a kid? I believe it was Miss Patricia who hosted the show during the years when I used to watch it. She hosted the show from August 1965 through to 1978 when Miss Helena took over. I was born in 1964 so was probably watching the show from about 1967 until I started school in 1970. The first ever host of Romper Room here in Australia was Miss Susan from 1963 to 1965.
I had my own Romper Room ‘refreshment’ mug and placemat and always sat with those (and milk in my mug of course) to watch the show.
There were the posture baskets of which Mum gave me something similar so I could play along. Here’s a clip of Miss Patricia, some children and those posture baskets!
Some of the other songs I remember from Romper Room are:
- The Do Bee Song
- Punch a Ball
- Galloping to Romper Room
- This Old Man
- London Bridge
- Follow the Leader
- Mulberry Bush
- Bouncing Ball Song
- Round & Round the Village
- Eency Weency Spider
- Looby Doo
- Bend and Stretch
… and there are most likely many more!
One thing most kids always remember from Romper Room was MAGIC MIRROR time. It was towards the end of the show. I was always hopeful to hear my name called out but it never was which was so very disappointing. I heard friends names numerous times – Debbie’s, Susan’s, Kathy’s, and so on … but never Marguerite or Min. Funnily enough, this continues today with all the Meme’s you see go around on social media listing names and still – never a Marguerite or Min. Here’s a few different hosts doing the Magic Mirror spiel followed by a clip of Miss Helena listing all the ‘names’ of children she sees (sans Marguerite of course).
After more than 25 years Romper Room came to an end, all due to Christopher Skase and Fat Cat. This 2015 clip, where Studio 10 remembers Romper Room, explains further.
How does it make you feel to hear those songs from your childhood again? I find them such a comfort. A reminder of a time when life was simple and carefree and I was safe at home with Mum, Dad and my siblings.
So for all of you with names like Marguerite that were never seen through the Romper Room Magic Mirror … “Romper, bomper, stomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, have all my friends had fun at play?” I can see YOU!
Ciao for now,
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