|Romper, bomper, stomper boo...
Kids growing up in America between 1953 and 1994 happen to all have one thing in common. At some point in our lives we watched Romper Room and we all had one simple wish. We just wanted to be given a shout out by the show's host or teacher. Were you lucky enough to be seen through that damn Magic Mirror? Because I sure as hell wasn't.
Romper Room was an educational show, which went through a variety of different pretty female hosts or teachers. They would read books out loud, partake in crafts, play music, play and basically just make learning fun. Any average American kid would kill for a chance to appear on the fun-filled show or possibly the next best thing -- be included in the Magic Mirror shout out list. It was like Barney, only cooler.
At the end of each episode, the instructor, be it Miss Molly, Miss Barbara, Miss Nancy, Miss Sally, Miss Mary Ann, Miss Florence, etc., would look into her over-sized, cutesy handheld magic mirror and finish the show with a sing-song rhyme of, "Romper, bomper, stomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, have all my friends had fun at play?" Names like Michael, David, Dana, Edward, Margaret, Justin, Rick, Mark, Matthew, Bonnie, Anthony, Tammy, Gregory, Mary, Jane, Amanda, Julie, Beth, Keith, Robert, John, Jennifer, Amy, etc. would follow ... where the hell was "Ally" or "Allyson?"
|See me in your Magic Mirror please!
After such constant disappointment, I reached a point where I wanted to knock out that ridiculous-looking Doo-Bee bumble bee character along with all of those smiling kids. They were all so freakin' happy. Well after waiting an entire episode hoping to hear my name, I was left frustrated and jealous. Oh whatever, I'm over it now. I just wanted to make you guys laugh. Enjoy these clips and see if they include your name in the magic mirror call out.
1970s Romper Room host sees almost everyone (but me) through her Magic Mirror in this video clip.
1980s Romper Room video clip that damn Magic Mirror never sees me!
1984 Romper Room video clip, check it out, still no Magic Mirror shout out!