Saturday, August 13, 2011
A legend of Canadian television, Ernie Coombs, a.k.a. Mr. Dressup, along with the little boy Casey and his dog, Finnegan.
He was a contemporary of Fred Rogers and they actually worked together for a time. I'd watch Mr. Rogers on occasion, but Mr. Dressup was a daily show for me. What I really looked forward to were the segments where he would draw (I drew a LOT back then, and I don't remember Fred doing that) and take different costumes out of the Tickle Trunk. Even though they were both kids' shows, I always felt that Mr. Dressup was a little more grown up than Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, possibly because I only saw Rogers more later on.
Anyway, two great shows that cannot—and will not ever—be duplicated...