Today’s we’re talking about the original teacher from Romper Room, Miss Sherri. Listeners who are Gen X and Millennial, Romper Room was like slow – moving televised kindergarten, usually featuring 6 kids. Well-mannered kids who helped Baby Boom kids get ready for classroom learning.

By 1962, Miss Sherri Finkbine (actually Mrs. Finkbine, but she was known as Miss) had been the teacher on Romper Room, filmed and regionally distributed in Arizona, for nearly four years. Little did she know that taking the drug Thalidomide would greatly impact her pregnancy. Within a matter of weeks, she became more famous for a personal situation which played out in a public fashion, than her career on the children’s show. In fact, that career ended quite prematurely.

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Cynthia Bemis Abrams

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