I REMEMBER WHEN Romper Room’s Magic Mirror didn’t see me

January 30, 2020

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:

… 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!

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  • Reply Joanne Tracey January 30, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Oh my goodness, isn’t that a trip down memory lane? Mine isn’t an unusual name but I don’t recall hearing it either! I still recall bend and stretch and all those other ones.

    • Reply Min January 30, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      I think your name is said in the clip within this post! If you need to hear your name through the Magic Mirror – here is your chance! lol

  • Reply Natalie January 30, 2020 at 9:49 am

    OMG, you have a great memory, Min. I think Marguerite is a very nice name. It prompts me to think of the pretty flowers. #lovin’lifelinky

    • Reply Min January 30, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Natalie! Marguerite is actually the name of a daisy. I used to love watching Romper Room a lot as a kid. I must have because I remember all the songs very well! 🙂

  • Reply Laurie January 30, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Oh, yes! I remember Romper Room here in the US. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    • Reply Min January 30, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      My pleasure! Yes the show was international – in the US and the UK too I believe.

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 30, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I never watched Romper Room – it was Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben Flower Pot men, Magic Circle Club, Mr Squiggle, and later Adventure Island and the Banana Splits. You’ve definitely got a better memory than I do (I have trouble remembering the plots of movies I saw a week ago, let alone kids’ TV from 50+ years ago!

    • Reply Min January 30, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Leanne – I can’t believe you never watched Romper Room! As for all the other shows you listed – I watched every one of them. Lovely memories! xo

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan January 31, 2020 at 2:19 am

    Oh, my!! Haven’t thought of this program in so very long. Pretty sure Leslie was never called out either. Have never ever liked my name. So wouldn’t have expected it to be listed.
    We are gym members and have a special card – for which we pay more – that entitles us to use the massage beds and lounges. We have to scan the barcode on our card to reserve a bed. The people behind the customer service desk then tell us which bed to use. My husband scans his card first, and the clerks always say “Paul (or Mr. Paul), you are on bed #2.” Then I scan my card, the clerk hesitates, looks at me a sec, then just says “Bed #3.” Never ever says my name! I have gotten quite the complex from it!! Ha! Would like to see what they have down for my name that keeps anyone from saying it. Is it as distasteful to others as it is me??
    Thanks for the sweet memories and a giggle.

    • Reply Min January 31, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Oh my goodness – I love the name Leslie and don’t think it’s distasteful at all. It’s a lovely name! It’s funny how we can be about our names isn’t it? I used to hate my name of Marguerite as a child … and was pleased when my nickname of Min came about. As an adult now though, I think Marguerite is a lovely name. It was the name of the Aunt that I never met. I was named after her and I appreciate that much more now I’m getting older. It’s also a pretty name – just as Leslie is! xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan January 31, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Yes very much remember Romper Room but I was a teen by then. Once our daughter came along, and even before that I was an ABCTV fan and loved Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men and more, When we were teaching back in 1970s some children would come to school never having been to pre-school, nor been read or sung nursery rhymes so Play School at 9.30 in Kindergarten classrooms helped address that, Play school had an early Childhood Educator in charge and let me tell you, us teachers LOVED the Play School books with music and more because we could teach from them.

    I remember the milk from Romper Room and not being a fan of milk I thought that would not be me ever.

    Love a good trip down memory lane! And no-one ever says Denise…let alone how mine is spelled.
    Denyse x

  • Reply Paul A. Reynolds June 17, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I never heard my name… 🙁

    • Reply Min June 19, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      I can sympathise! I never heard mine either. I’m surprised they never called out Paul though!

  • Reply Rusty Hubbard July 27, 2021 at 4:22 am

    Never heard Rusty on Romper Room either. And I could never find my name on the license plates that you could buy to put on your bicycle. I always looked but always came away disappointed!

    • Reply Min July 27, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Oh Rusty! So you know how it was for me as a little girl named Marguerite who was never mentioned. I couldn’t get those room nameplates with my name either. I don’t recall looking for a bicycle license plate. Luckily we’re both resilient and have lived to tell the tale! 😝😉

  • Reply Mike (Miklos) Harris December 24, 2021 at 11:29 am

    At least your name had a slim chance!
    Imaging sitting in front of the TV in 1968 waiting for “Miklos” …

    • Reply Min January 2, 2022 at 2:47 pm

      Hi there Mike (Miklos)! I guess there was a slimmer chance of hearing Miklos through the magic mirror than Marguerite … but I never heard Marguerite regardless! lol

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