Happy Birthday Mr. Dressup!
If you’re Canadian (and semi-old like me) you
might should remember Mr. Dressup. If you don’t…then you’ve been, what? Living under a rock maybe?
Mr. Dressup was a CBC classic that ran from 1967 to 1996, and the title character, Mr. D himself, was played by Ernie Coombs. Mr. Dressup is iconic in Canadian history. His show was directed at preschoolers – teaching preschool subjects, playing games with Casey & Finegan (and anyone else who happened to stop by), singing songs and reaching into the Tickle Trunk to find a cool costume to dress Up in.
Mr. Dressup was a kind man and each day my brother and I would settle in to watch and see what events would occur or what games would be played or what lesson we would learn. Each episode was a fulfilling experience.
Today, November 27th, 2012, would have been Ernie Coombs’ 85th birthday. (Sadly, Mr. Coombs died in 2001 from a stroke.) In his honor and memory, Google Canada’s search bar today was the following:
What a nice surprise for Canadians using Google today….to see such a tribute. I’m sure it brought back wonderful memories from childhood for many people. In a time where Internet, Smart phones and iPads are a way of life, isn’t it nice to reflect on simpler (and happier) times? However, I hope Mr. Dressup gets to live on via Youtube*.
*Just a note, Ernie Coombs did not like to use a computer. All of his fan letters were written by hand. Warms your heart, doesn’t it?