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Ernie Coombs, known to Canada as Mr. Dressup, would have celebrated his 85th birthday today were he still alive. The perennial children’s entertainer was celebrated today in a Google doodle.
Coombs died of a stroke on September 18, 2001.
Coombs was known for his role as the titular character on the show “Mr. Dressup” during its almost 30-year run from 1967 to 1996. Almost as popular as Coombs himself were Mr. Dressup’s two puppet friends Casey and Finnegan who can be seen in the Google image behind Coombs in the magical “tickle trunk.”
The show is sometimes thought of as a companion to the PBS show “Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood”, though “Mr. Dressup” started prior to it. Earlier in their careers Coombs and Fred Rogers worked together, trying to launch “Mr. Roger’s” in Canada. After a few failed attempts, Rogers returned to the Untied States to start the show…
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