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Thread: Winnipeg Kids show in the 60's: Archie Wood

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    Archie and His Friends

    I have fond memories of the show and am glad to give you some information about it. The show ran on a local TV station in Winnipeg, CJAY-TV (now CKY-TV) from 1965 to 1986. It was from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. Later in the mid 70s, an hour long show called Funtown was broadcast Sunday mornings. Bob Schwartz hosted both shows and the same characters appeared in both shows. Archie Wood was the main character but there were also a spotted dog named Petite, a poodle named Duchess, as well as Marvin Mouse, Tammy True and Robbie Robot.

    Besides these puppets, Schwartz also had guests on his program doing arts and crafts and promoting health and safety. In the latter category Schwartz invented a character, not used as a puppet, Elmer the Safety Elephant. Elmer was a picture of an cute, smiling elephant in a sailor hat. He appeared on a green triangular flag that was flown on some schools temporarily. The flag circulated to various school that had to meet certain criteria to fly the flag. I can't remember what criteria had to be met, but I remember that my school was one that was permitted to fly the flag. It was flown from the flag pole under the Canadian flag.

    Schwartz would make personal appearances at various functions throughout the year but mostly at Christmas. After the show went off the air, he retired and lived a quiet life until he passed away in 1991.

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    Archie and His Friends

    I just wanted to correct something in my post. I stated that Bob Schwartz invented Elmer the Safety Elephant. I was wrong. He did use the image on his show but did not invent the character. Elmer was actually invented in the late 40s to teach children about road safety. He was first used in Toronto in 1947. Just wanted to clear that up.

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    well, I can sleep better now
    my 9 yr old RP 47" HDTV looks better than your new flatscreen - deal with it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache View Post
    I have fond memories of the show and am glad to give you some information about it.
    Welcome to the board Moustache! Amazing how old threads can sometimes be brought back...

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    Archie and His Friends

    Thanks for the welcome. However, if anyone else from Winnipeg is out there (and from the same era I am), I was wondering if anyone can tell me what happened to Miss Roma, who was the teacher on Romper Room in Winnipeg back in the late 60s.

    All this talk about local childrens shows from that era got me reminiscing.

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    dishguy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache View Post
    Thanks for the welcome. However, if anyone else from Winnipeg is out there (and from the same era I am), I was wondering if anyone can tell me what happened to Miss Roma, who was the teacher on Romper Room in Winnipeg back in the late 60s.

    All this talk about local childrens shows from that era got me reminiscing.
    You have more of a memory than I have.
    I watched Romper Room back in the 60's but I couldn't have told you the name of the teacher.
    I also thought they had many different ones.

    By the way I never heard my name once during the "romper stomper bomper boo" sequence but I always figured that was because my mom made me sit back so far from the TV and she couldn't see me.

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    I remember seeing the Kitchener edition of Romper Room. I never watched it, for I was too old then. This was when You Can't Do That On TV was on CTV (at least CKCO) Saturday mornings.

    I also watched TVO, and did get to see Polka-Dot-Door and that one with Nerene Virgin, that mannqin-cum-dancer Jeff, and the mouse and security guard puppets, which took place in a department store, and this British stop-motion animated series called the Wumples.
    Your TiVo expert. TiVo user since 2004.

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    Archie and His Friends and other kids shows

    There were several different Romper Room shows, all of them local broadcasts that aired throughout Canada and the U.S. Miss Roma was the teacher on the Winnipeg Romper Room.

    All the shows ended the same way with the teacher holding a magic mirror and reciting the poem that began "Romper Bomper Stomper Doo". Then she would recite the first names of the kids who would appear on the next program.

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    dishguy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache View Post
    There were several different Romper Room shows, all of them local broadcasts that aired throughout Canada and the U.S. Miss Roma was the teacher on the Winnipeg Romper Room.

    All the shows ended the same way with the teacher holding a magic mirror and reciting the poem that began "Romper Bomper Stomper Doo". Then she would recite the first names of the kids who would appear on the next program.
    I was in Winnipeg.
    I just don't remember a Miss Roma.
    That last part was all I watched the show for.
    I always wanted to here my name but "Ross" was not on the list I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache View Post
    There were several different Romper Room shows, all of them local broadcasts that aired throughout Canada and the U.S. Miss Roma was the teacher on the Winnipeg Romper Room.
    I though they were more regional. IIRC, the one from Kitchener was aired at least in Toronto and a few other CTV affiliates.
    Your TiVo expert. TiVo user since 2004.

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