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audra trower williams
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posted 18 September 2001 01:31 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I heard that Mr. Dressup passed away. Someone tell me it's not true!
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 18 September 2001 01:36 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sorry, it's true: http://www.cbc.ca/cgi-bin/templates/view.cgi?/news/2001/09/18/coombs_010918
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posted 18 September 2001 02:18 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does anyone recall the band Tickletrunk?

The lovely Maria suggested starting an acoustic-type band called Finnegan Ate My Homework.

I told her I'd write a song with that title and give her credit, or even put her in the song.

At least old Ernie got to carry on and retire the show on his own terms, unlike Bob Homme, who also died this year. I never forgave the CBC for cancelling his program.

It pales in comparison to last week, but it still saddens me.


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Michelle
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posted 18 September 2001 07:38 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I thought he died quite a while ago (Mr. Dressup, that is).

Guess I was wrong.

[ September 18, 2001: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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'lance
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posted 18 September 2001 07:48 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No, he retired from his program in 1996. Bob Homme (the Friendly Giant) died in May.

< fogey mode >
I started watching both in that year of grace 1966.
< /fogey mode >

I'm wondering how best to commemorate him. I have a footlocker full of mementos I could rename the Tickletrunk, I suppose.

[ September 18, 2001: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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posted 18 September 2001 08:25 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw him in person once! I was too young to remember, though

September REALLY SUCKS A** so far

Only 12 days to October. The month of thanksgiving. How fitting?

I can't believe Mr. Dressup died I used to whatch him all the time (and fairly recently on some sick days) I hope CBC doesn't shelve the re-runs. Mr. Dressup is probably the best children's show out there!


--edited to say: I just remembered I was Mr. Dessup for halloween, once. I had a tickle trunk for my candy, and everything. I even had a cardigan to go with it. Alas, Mr. Dressup has left our world

[ September 18, 2001: Message edited by: meades ]


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Doug
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posted 18 September 2001 10:47 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm sad to hear about this. When I was little, Mr. Dressup was like an extra grandfather. I'd watch him every day. When I watched with my mom, she would tickle me whenever he used the Tickle Trunk and I'd laugh and laugh. Anyway, it's yet another awful day in a terrible month.
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posted 19 September 2001 01:04 AM      Profile for Jared     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Anyway, it's yet another awful day in a terrible month.

I'd second this, only change month to week. The plane crashes, that poor race-car driver loses his legs, and now this. As a daily viewer while a kid, I can remember being frustrated watching Mr Dressup draw, because he made it look so easy. I never came close to emulating his sketches. When the names "Casey and Finnagen" are a part of every primary student's lexicon over the span of several decades, I'd say you must be doing something well. He will be missed.


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posted 19 September 2001 01:11 AM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle, you're supposed to mince words on this thread. However, I cannot tell a lie. While I liked Mr Dressup as a child, I can't say his death rouses sentiments at the moment. Perhaps it's numbness at the events of the last week. He seemed like a very decent man, though. The voice of Casey really bugs me now.
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posted 19 September 2001 07:27 AM      Profile for wagepeace     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tell me there aren't cosmic forces at work here:

Fred Rogers retires "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" two weeks ago and Mr. Dressup dies.

Perhaps it is for the best: the world has suddenly become a much more dangerous place in the last week - Mr. Dressup reminds us of happier and simpler times.

Ernie Coombs was too good for this world.

I took my kids to see his show last fall - very sad. sniff


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 19 September 2001 10:12 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It wouldn't be so bad if there were some new, quality children's entertainers to fill the gap. Unfortunately, most of the greats are getting out of the game. Fred Penner's Place has been off the air for quite some time. Sharon, Lois & Bram doesn't exist in its entirety since one of the women (I can't remember which one) retired.

Most of the new kid's shows really blow chunks. One exception, IMHO, is Blue's Clues, which is a heck of a lot of fun. There certainly aren' any truly great Canadian live-action kids shows right now.


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posted 19 September 2001 10:25 AM      Profile for Casper        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am a news anchor in Montreal, and in spite of all the terrible news of the past week, the story that finally brought a tear to my eye on the air was the death of Ernie Coombs. Mr. Dress-Up was a gentle man, whose kindness will be remembered by generations of children.
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Michelle
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posted 19 September 2001 10:29 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Blue's Clues is AWESOME. I love that show (thank goodness, or else I'd be crazy by now). I figure anyone who is out to entertain parents as well as kids can't be all bad. Steve is fantastic. Too bad he's leaving the show soon...

Actually, there are a few Canadian offerings that are pretty good for kids. If anyone has watched TVO lately, their set of hosts are really excellent and quite entertaining for both kids and adults. They also star in a few TVO exclusive shows that are extremely low-budget but really funny. Bod Squad is one of them, and my personal favorite. They make these little 5-10 minute episodes to stick between shows since there are no commercials.

Also, Treehouse is fantastic because they promote Canadian programming too. The one show that really comes to mind is Ants In Your Pants, a half-hour children's music video digest, and I think that's a Canadian show. It's pretty funny. Arthur is also Canadian, although it is cartoon, not live action. But it's still excellent. Corduroy Bear is another cartoon that is quite enjoyable (my son loves it) and it's Canadian - in fact, I always get the feeling that it's set in Toronto although it's unspecified, just by the look of the streets and the buses and streetcars.

I didn't mean for my last message in this thread to be unsympathetic, by the way. I feel bad about Mr. Dressup's death too. But I honestly thought he died a couple of years ago. It's a shame - his reruns are still on CBC, and I watch it occasionally with my son - he is always fascinated by the drawing. It's neat when you watch your kid watching the same shows that you watched when you were a kid. Strange feeling.


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posted 19 September 2001 02:33 PM      Profile for wagepeace     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My pre-schoolers are partial to Blue's Clues, Bear in the Big Blue House and Seven Little Monsters.

Sesame Street is nowhere to be found in my home - strange. I think my daughters feel that Big Bird is a bit of a whiner.


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posted 19 September 2001 03:38 PM      Profile for JCL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I loved that Mr Dressup show when I was a kid. I was fascinated by Casey & Finnegan because I thought "How can Casey talk without moving his lips?" And secondly "Why didn't Finnegan ever bark?"

A few years ago, Mr. Dressup was at the U of Manitoba. He was there for an hour and the place it was in was packed to the rafters. It was like we were all kids again. People who say when you're an adult, you can't be a kid again, well, they're wrong. And I suppose we need to do that from time to time to feel better.

He also took questions from the audeince. I asked him "Mr. Dressup, I have this question that has plagued me for awhile. Hasn't Child and Family Services ever come by your place because you had Casey and Finnegan holed up in a tree?" He said "Nope. Thankfully I never had to deal with them."

Goodbye Mr. Dressup. We won't forget you, Casey, Finnegan or the Tickle Trunk.


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posted 19 September 2001 03:52 PM      Profile for StephenGM     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I met him, way back in the 70's. I was about six or seven, I think. He was doing an appearance at the local Eaton's (at the Don Mills shopping centre) to promote one of his albums ("Happy Birthday, Alligator Al.") Mom took my little sister and me down to pick up a copy of the record and meet Mr. Dressup.

There was, unaccountably, no one else there, and we ended up having quite a lengthy talk. I remember telling him that I wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up. (Now I write comic books. Go figure.)

And he took me seriously. He responded seriously. He didn't condescend. We talked about how taking part in digs, and other things. He treated me like a person. Ever since that day, I have considered him a great Canadian.

He was patient, gentle, wise, and humane. American-born, he was deservedly an icon to generations of young Canadians.

Mr. Dressup will live on for a new generation of Canadian children, in CBC's over 4,000 recorded programs.

Ernie Coombs is gone, and he will be missed.

I wish I still had the album - he signed it to us, "from your friend, Mr. Dressup." Sadly, it didn't really survive years of listening and younger siblings.


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posted 19 September 2001 04:22 PM      Profile for girlincrisis     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ernie Coombs (sp?) gave a speech at my school's convocation in June..unfortunately i was in the morning group..so i missed him. I loooooooooved Mr. Dressup when i was a kid. I remember how bummed i was when i heard that Casey and Finnigan had been put out of operation..they rocked!!!
RIP Mr.Dressup....you were a Canadian childhood legend.
-peace-

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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 19 September 2001 04:54 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
CTVNews.com has some nifty video clips in tribute to the great American-turned-Canadian.
http://www.ctvnews.com/content/sitesections/7/809462.asp

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girlincrisis
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posted 19 September 2001 04:58 PM      Profile for girlincrisis     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
completely off topic but i couldn't help but notice....MediaBoy..you've been a member since May and you already have like 1700 posts!!?? holy crap....on the net much kid?
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 19 September 2001 05:03 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It beats workin'...
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posted 19 September 2001 05:08 PM      Profile for girlincrisis     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
true enough..haha
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posted 19 September 2001 06:58 PM      Profile for JCL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I bet Mediaboy invented a meal between breakfast and brunch and is rolling in money in royalties for it. That explains why he's posted 17000 messages since May.
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hahaha..very funny.
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posted 20 September 2001 02:24 PM      Profile for vaudree     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Slowly peice by peice my childhood seems to slip away from me. Stores close forever, buildings burn down or are torned down on purpose and replaced with cheep imitations, early colour photo`s fade, but it comes together most when our heros of the past fade away. First was the Friendly Giant and his forever comfortable chairs and fireplace which kept us warm and safe. And now it is Mr. Dressup who taught us that all we had to do was reach into that tickle trunk and we can be whatever we want to be. When these mortal men die do our dreams and aspirations die with them? I hope not, part of me still hasn`t (refuses to) grow up yet.

Now to start the annex.


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posted 22 September 2001 01:53 AM      Profile for Mark_Grieveson   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In, I believe, 1980, Joe Clarke came to our school -- Malvern Collegiate -- to give a speech. It was election time, and the teachers assumed that this would be a good way for the students to learn about "democracy". The older grades got to see him in the auditorium, while the grade 9 and 10s saw him in the cafeteria.

There were several television monitors set up in the cafeteria to see the speech. A group of us around one of the monitors were complaining about how bored we were. I said, "Let's turn the channel," and proceded to do just that. Suddenly, hitting number 5, Mr Dress Up appeared on the screen. Immediately there was a cheer from our group, as we started to watch the show.

A teacher came over, quite pissed off, and chastised us for being "immature". She then, quite arbitrarily, and undemocratically, turned it back to Joe Clarke's speech. We groaned, and, sadly, relented and watched the rest of Joe Clarke's dull speech, missing Mr. Dress Up.

But, we all learned that when authority arbitrarily denies you the freedom to choose that which is wonderful, forcing something totally awful on you, then IT MUST BE FOUGHT!

Thanks Mr. Dress Up! A wonderful man who comforted us when we were young, and awoke feelings of social activism in us in our teens.


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posted 22 September 2001 04:01 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Saddest cartoon ever.
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posted 23 September 2001 03:10 PM      Profile for beachcomber   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ouch. That made me cry.

Mr. Dressup was a wonderful entertainer. He had a real sensitivity towards the feelings of children. He really cared about kids. I watched him every day because he always seemed to be talking "to" me instead of "at" me in his shows. He was a truly gifted person and there just aren't enough people like him in the world today.


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