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This Day in My History


Parents are the ultimate role models for children.  Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.

~ Bob Keeshan

Yesterday's Entries

2001:  The Mosquito Has Landed
2002:  Butt...Butt...
2003:  Don't Teach the Children


Rubyfruit Jungle
(I haven't had much time to read it!)


Nothing.  I'm reviewing Private Lives tonight


foggy all day



23 January 2003

One of my (many) favorite memories from the childhood of our children is how Jeri’s face would light up when she heard the familiar theme music. Barely able to walk or talk, would shriek KakeeROO! and toddle into the living room, sit down in front of the television set to watch a gentle man with big pockets who lived in the "Treasure House," who talked softly and slowly, who was the foil of a cunning bunny rabbit and a tricky moose. He was a man who became Jeri’s good friend.

Later, when Ned was in his superhero phase (which lasted most of his young childhood), he especially related to the stories of Tom Terrific, introduced by his friend, The Captain.

Bob Keeshan was the friend of a lot of children. A few generations of children. He died today, at age 76. Captain Kangaroo started in 1955, when Keeshan was only 27 years old, playing an old man with the help of a padded suit, white wig and bristly moustache. Keeshan himself eventually grew into the body of the kindly old Captain by the time of the show’s demise in 1985. Captain Kangaroo was the longest running children’s show in television history.

In the space of less than a year, this country has lost two men who made a difference in the lives of children. Fred Rogers died in February of last year, and Bob Keeshan today. They came to children without bells and whistles, without whirling lights, or high energy. They spoke to children calmly and lovingly and they taught them about life. Children sat down to watch Misterogers and Captain Kangaroo. They calmed down and they listened when the host looked them square in the eyes and talked directly to them.

I was in the car this morning when I heard about the passing of Captain Kangaroo. I pulled immediately over and called Walt to tell him, then I came home and sent e-mails to Jeri, Ned and Tom. That’s what you do when a family friend dies–you call all the family and let them know. We never met Bob Keeshan, but the Captain was a part of our family for a number of years, and I am saddened at his passing.

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