:: Romper Room with Miss Jan in Pittsburgh ::
I just discovered this site about children who were
on Romper Room at WTAE channel 4 in Pittsburgh and seeking
photos and stories about the show. My name is Robert Harvey, though
when I was on Romper Room my name was Robert Nuckels. I was on the
show with "Miss Jan" sometime around December 1969 and I
have fond memories of the show, though they are a little vague since
I was only 5-6 at the time.
This was a postcard sent out to the kids on the show:
The Pledge of Allegiance was an important part of every show as was prayer before milk and cookies. Teaching core values was the key to the success of Romper Room.
I was on Romper Room with Ms. Jan sometime in the last 60's or early 70's. I don't remember being on the show, but I still remember Ms. Jan. She was just beautiful and so sweet and I absolutely loved her.
The photos aren't dated, but I was about 5 years old, so that would be sometime in '69 or '70. I've been told, over and over, that I was "So Funny" when I was on the show and I made Ms. Jan laugh and laugh. I'm the little girl on the far left in the first picture.
That's me in the second picture kneeling in front of Ms. Jan. I get the feeling, she kept me where she could keep an eye on me. In the third photo, I'm on the far left. My mom told me I was on the show several times, and based on the different clothes, I guess that was the case.
Just by chance, I found a mention of Ms. Jan in a society page
article a few years ago. I emailed the author and she passed on
a Hello and Thanks to Ms. Jan. A few days later, I received a sweet
thank you. Ms. Jan was a just sweet lady.
Chances are you were on the show more than once - usually kids on the program appeared for the entire week, 5 broadcasts
Romper Room - Pittsburgh TV shows
The memories of former
WTAE-TV, channel 4 - Miss Jan (Bohna)
was hostess from the
Perhaps a minor correction to your text on Miss Jan in Romper Room in Pittsburgh? Your site says she was host from the 60s thru early 70s.
I was born in '55, but didn't remember Miss Jan. I grew up with Miss Janey. Wiki led me to this.
Jan Ballard Bohna ("Miss Jan") was the first "teacher" in 1958 on WIIC-TV (later WPXI) until the program moved to WTAE in 1960, where she was replaced by "Miss Janey" Vance Braham for 10 years until her sudden death in 1969.
Bohna, who had filled in as a substitute host for Braham during the 1960s run on WTAE, took over as host until the local version ended in 1976. WTAE also carried the national version on Saturday mornings in its later years.
I guess you were on the show just after Miss Janey died, and Miss Jan took over. Anyway, just info for what it's worth.
Thanks for the site, wonderful for me and sis to reminisce by!
btw, sis and I are still looking for the Captain AstroSnack commercial with the Saturn Sweetooths. (I think they were Hostess knockoffs) Please let me know if you stumble on it! Appreciate you!
- Garry S
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