Romper Room

Mr Do-Bee

Remember Romper Room?

Each program would open with a greeting from the hostess and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then the hostess and her group of children would embark on an hour (or half hour) of games, exercises, songs and moral lessons, which were regularly accompanied by background music. The young cast was rotated every two months and ranged from four to five years old.

“Romper Room” tried to teach its young charges to be polite. For instance, the hostesses were always addressed as “Miss.” Many of the hostesses had prior experience in dealing with small children, as many were former kindergarten teachers.

A recurring character was Mr. Do-Bee, an oversized bumblebee who came to teach the children how to be well-behaved; he was noted for always starting his sentence with “Do Bee,” as in the imperative “Do be”; for example, “Do Bee good boys and girls for your parents!” There was also a “Mr. Don’t Bee” to show children exactly what they should “not” do.

Romper Room Fun & Games

The show used the then-popular Mattel Jack-in-the-box for its opening and closing titles, with its “Pop Goes the Weasel” theme song.

Fun & games was what “Romper Room” was all about. Making music (banging tamborines), riding hobby horses, the Mr Dooby” song Romper Stomper & lots more. A recurring character was Mr. Do-Bee, an oversized bumblebee who came to teach the children how to be well-behaved; he was noted for always starting his sentence with “Do Bee,” as in the imperative “Do be”; for example, “Do Bee good boys and girls for your parents!” There was also a “Mr. Don’t Bee” to show children exactly what they should “not” do.Remember the Mr Dooby song, do be good, polite, curteous etc, don’t be bad, sad, angry etc.. It went something like…Mr Dooby how do you do
we’d like to play a game with you, we’ll watch you buzz, we’ll watch you fly & catch you as you’re sailing by, 1…2…3…bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tamborine Parade

Who could forget the “freaky” Romper Room Magic Mirror. The Romper Room hostess finished each program by reciting the show’s signature magical chant:”Romper, bomper, stomper, boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me do. Magic mirror, tell me today. Did all my friends have fun at play?”

With the chant spoken, the Romper Room hostess gazed through the empty mirror frame and recited the names of the lucky children whom she pretended to see watching the program (a different list of names each day). For example, “I see Tommy and Susan and Hannah and William and Mary and all you boys and girls out there.” Of course, the hostess really couldn’t see the children, but to the kids at home, as they listened for their name to be mentioned, they knew that they were someone special, at least in the World of Romper Room.

I waited in vain for my name to be read out, week after week, year after year. She never did read my name out which aroused my suspicions about this so called “magic”mirror. If it was so magical.. why couldn’t it ever see me?

Romper Stomper

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12 Replies to “Romper Room”

  1. My favorite Romper Room teacher was Miss Lorraine on the Boston channel. She used to replace Miss Jean when she was off and on vacation. I used to wish she was on every day. She was a gorgeous blond who brought the show to a new level with her vivacious personality.
    Viva la Romper Room, Elle

  2. I was on “Romper Room” as a child in I believe 1967 or 1968. A group of us children did the “Hokey Pokey” I remember it being so much fun. In the studio on channel 45, was where we gathered for the show, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I attended East Lake Elementary, 1st grade. Gail Cochran Durham. Fond memories…..

  3. I was on Romper Room, west palm beach, fl., in 1970. I was 5. Always wanted to find info on this but nothing. I think the TV station became a radio station. Not sure. But if anyone was on same as me or if anyone knows any info I’d love to hear about it.

  4. During these times of remote learning due to Covid19, I mentioned to a young teacher I work with in school that she could have been one of the hosts of Romper Room. Poor girl never heard of Romper Room. You see, on our google classroom site for remote learning these teachers are greeting the children by name and building up their spirits. All they needed was that magic mirror…
    Mrs. Lorraine Bonett, paraprofessional NYC Dept. of Education 66 yrs old. and a former Romper Room lover.

  5. I was on Romper Room! I have been searching through the episodes on youtube to see if I can find. I’ve had no luck. I’ll remember it forever.

  6. I used to watch romper room, n I almost had a heartattck when she said” I see Desiree” bc my name wasn’t popular then. I thought she could really see me!!

  7. What about the 1,2,3 Look and See Game where there would be an initial picture with a number of objects on it ? Subsequent pictures would gradually delete objects and the audience would have to guess what object had been deleted .

  8. I actually won a 7-UP metal pedal car back in 68 or 69. Sent my entry forms in from the old 8 pack bottles of pop and I’ll be darned if my name wasn’t pulled out of that big wheel of entries!! I’ll never forget hearing my name on TV.

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