Hump day picker-upper: Reading Rainbow

This one is just cause I can…I came across the Reading Rainbow theme song last week when news hit that LamarLeVar Burton was in a car accident. He’s fine, thankfully.
I remember this theme so distinctly from my elementary school years. It gives me warm fuzzy memories of sitting in my public school library watching the show.

h/t to Veronica

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  1. Emeraldcityserendipity
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s Levar Burton, not Lamar.

  2. RMJ
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    The soundtrack of days spent sick in bed, with the black and white TV at the foot of my bed…

  3. LindseyLou
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, I loved that show as a kid. Although I remember being hugely disappointed to discover that Geordi La Forge did not actually need a banana clip in order to see.

  4. radishette
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Miriam, from your posts, I’ve always thought you were particularly good people. Then today you post on Barbara Kingsolver/local food AND Reading Rainbow? I’m pretty sure you deserve a wreath of flowers just for existing!!

  5. Jessica
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness. YES.

  6. Gina in Yakima
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    My $5 multi-colored bike is named “Reading Rainbow.” This totally made my day!

  7. jnbklyn
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    And, ditto!
    I swoon for both Barbara and LeVar.

  8. Devonian
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    My childhood!

  9. EKSwitaj
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Argh, now I’ve got the song stuck in my head!

  10. Stephanie
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Loved this show back in the day!

  11. bibliothecaire
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I dressed up as Reading Rainbow for Halloween one year when I was working in a bookstore. I made a t-shirt that said “But you don’t have to take my word for it!” and pinned little butterflies all over myself. But the crowning glory of my costume was a huge cape made of rainbow-colored fabric. I discovered pretty quickly, though, that the cape was such an eye-catcher that people who couldn’t see my shirt had no clue what I was supposed to be, and more than one person guessed that I was dressed as a gay superhero – ha!

  12. Lobelia
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this! This used to be my favorite show as a kid. LeVar Burton is the best.

  13. emmakitty
    Posted July 23, 2009 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this!! Reading Rainbow was my favorite show when I was younger — my brother and I used to watch it all the time! The old song brought back all these warm fuzzy memories. Also, LeVar Burton is a BAMF.

  14. ladylicious
    Posted July 23, 2009 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Love that theme song! Brings back memories.

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