Saturday, June 25, 2011

Patricia Merbreier, AKA "Mrs. Noah," Passes Away At 86

"Send your pictures to dear old Captain Noah..."

As a child growing up in the Philadelphia area, I couldn't help but watch Captain Noah and His Magic Ark. It was almost mandatory.

Sadly, Patricia Merbreier, our beloved Mrs. Noah, has passed away.

From the online story at

Patricia Merbreier, 86, beloved by children for decades as television's "Mrs. Noah," died Thursday night after a prolonged illness.

Along with her husband, W. Carter Merbreier, she cohosted the long-running program Captain Noah and His Magical Ark.

Captain and Mrs. Noah (as they referred to each other even in their personal lives) invited scores of newsmakers and celebrities onto their program, which ran from 1967 until 1994. Among those guests were Elvis Presley, Charles Barkley, Jim Henson, Jon Stewart, the Phillie Phanatic, Frank Purdue, and Martina Navratilova.

Though the stars came out to shine on the unsinkable Ark, the program's bread and butter were vintage cartoons and rough-hewn puppets. While the extravagantly side-burned Captain was on the bridge, Mrs. Noah worked below decks as the puppeteer bringing to life a mischievious cast of supporting characters that included Wally the Walrus, Mumwup the Monster, and Maurice the Mouse.

The good captain and his lovely wife entertained children for well over 25 years. We've lost a Philly TV icon and she will be missed.

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