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CAPTAIN NOAH

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Captain Noah TV Show"Well this was a fun site to find. You won't believe why I did a search to find you! I was just cleaning up in the kitchen and putting something down the garbage disposal. It brought back distant memories of Captain Noah's "Mumwa the monster".

"After the captain finished a project with construction paper, he would feed the scraps to Mumwa. Mumwa (Mumwah?) was a puppet "monster" that lived under one of the captain's tables. Mumwa would pop up to gratefully accept the left over paper scraps. Sort of a home-town Oscar the Grouch.

"During my senior year at Penn State from 1986-87, and in my first apartment -- my roommate and I named our garbage disposal "Mumwa". Our friends thought this was odd. One friend eventually told us that somebody else they knew also had named their garbage disposal "Mumwa". So we weren't so weird after all.

"I also remember the Captain coming down a spiral slide on the set. I think he stopped this as he got older. I remember Sally Star coming down that slide too, either a guest or a guest host.

I'm trying to remember if Mrs. Noah was a regular on the show, or if she was introduced while the captain was on some sort of long term health leave. I think she started the song "Send your pictures, to dear old Captain Noah, send away, send today..." something like that. The captain eventually recovered and returned and continued to sing that song. The camera would pan across all the pictures that kids had sent in - I don't know if I was jaded or feeling uncreative, but don't think I ever sent anything in.

"Another song that sort of sticks in my mind "Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue. You can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too." I can't remember if this started or ended the show. And I'm sure I got the colors in the wrong order. OK, it's a distant memory...

"At Radnor High, we had a field trip to WFIL to watch them broadcast the morning show (was it "Good morning Philadelphia"?) and the noon news. We saw Captain Noah in the hall, and I think most of us were actually kind of excited to see him, even at our age then.

"I also remember somebody in our group screwing around with the magnet numbers on Jim O'Bryan's weather map. I think he fixed them before they went on the air. That made his death in a parachute accident just a little more personal for me.

"Now older and more jaded, I feel sort of silly telling these stories. But Captain Noah was a daily fixture in my childhood. And I'm glad to see him remembered on your site."

- a viewer


Captain Noah and His Magical Ark, produced by the Philadelphia Council of Churches, starred W. Carter Merbreier and his wife "Mrs. Noah," airing from 1970 until 1994. The theme song was, I Can Sing a Rainbow. Captain Noah was syndicated on 22 stations around the USA.


Captain Noah - when Barry The Barometer came on that meant it was time to leave for school. Captain Noah lived with us. He had breakfast with us which was of course some sugar laden cereal with a ton of extra sugar heaped on, and a ton of milk. We got dressed by Captain Noah, watching when he'd have animals from the zoo on. Then you held your breath waiting for the handmade picture you sent in to appear in the sky. Well, now we know half the time my mom lied when said she sent them in. When she did, though, only my one brother's drawings always got on. His name was about four inches high so you couldn't miss it, so a fight would break out. My brother swears my mom broke his foot on more than one occasion. He was younger and hadn't started school. They had to walk me, and my mom would shove his feet in the shoes and slap them on the bottom as he painfully watched his last few minutes of the Captain. Then we'd see everybody coming out of their houses and on the way over to school we would talk about what was on that day, and how my brother was an artist.

Man, that show was the bomb. Plus the pretend sailor daughter lived in our lower Mayfair neighborhood, and we were star struck. Couldn't have lived in a better place or had better TV anywhere anytime.

- Kimberly from Mayfair

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One of our readers (I lost the email!) points out that "Mrs. Noah of the Captain Noah show has passed on. Obviously the bigger news was Peter Falk but this lady was loved." Captain Noah, a religious kiddie program, was seen locally in Philadelphia but was also syndicated.

The Please Touch Museum in Philly taped a 35th-anniversary celebration of Captain Noah on September 23, 2005 as a fundraiser for their new quarters. The tribute aired on WPVI, formerly WFIL, on October 1, 2005 at 7:30 PM.

Carter & Pat Merbreier (Captain & Mrs. Noah) are both alive and doing just fine!

- Bill Stephens

Captain Noah

"My friends here in the South claimed I was making up all the songs and crazy little quips of advice that Dear old Captain Noah imparted.

"Remember what Capt. Noah says... Never roam alone." That is just one of many. I remember drawing tons of pictures thinking they would end up "posted high in the TV sky" Boy... what silly memories.

"Also, what about the Saturday morning song and dance talent show - Al Alberts Showcase and all those teeny boppers, as he called them?"

- Emily M


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