Ernie Coombs (a.k.a. Mr. Dressup) was a staple of CBC’s morning schedule for an incredible 32 years. Along with TV pals Casey and Finnegan, the kindly Mr. Dressup entertained generations of Canadian children with simple crafts, sing-alongs and trips to the “tickle trunk” for costumes.
Upon receiving yet another prestigious award, Mr. Coombs passed on a few words of advice: “Keep an open mind, and an open heart. Don’t take life too seriously — it doesn’t last forever, you know. And may I remind you for the last time — keep your crayons sharp, your sticky tape untangled, and always put the top back on your markers!”
Ernie Coombs, known to Canada as Mr. Dressup would have celebrated his 85th birthday today were he still alive. I watched this show every day as a pre-school child.