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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Bananas in Pajamas’
Posted: April 2nd, 2013

banana peelNanners (bananas) first entered my vocabulary, thanks to “Rugrats,” one of the many Nickelodeon cartoon shows I watched with my kids. Star of the show toddler Tommy loved nanners and often fed them to his baby brother, Dil while pal Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil and Tommy’s dog, Spike, looked on. Villain Angelica, the oldest of the tots, always said, “You dumb babies.”

Then we had “Bananas in Pajamas” the life-sized bananas with Australian accents. and finally we all grew to love/hate the dreaded banana peel, at left from Mario Kart, made famous by Nintendo EAD.

Throughout the years, my kids learned to love banana bread, and now it’s the one thing I often send off to my son in Virginia Beach.

Funny how a tropical fruit can have such influence on the family.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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Posted: February 13th, 2013

Ryan Green BayBananas

It’s always fun to discover what your kids remember about toddlerdom once they hit adulthood.

When my youngest child, Ryan Eckert, turned 21 yesterday, we talked about all the crazy things he did as a tot. He’d had hernia surgery when he was barely a preschooler, and he remembered how we tried everything to keep him inactive and entertained. He mentioned the “Bananas” show. I had completely forgotten that one. It was “Bananas in Pajamas” — they kind of looked life-sized bananas in prison gear,  but it was in syndication for years when he was a tot. If you click right here, it takes you to an interactive website. The show had Australian roots.

These big bananas had clever names B1 and B2. With Australian accents, they often had some adventures with teddy bears. I don’t remember the a-peel with a lot of jokes about peels or anything, but it did hold his attention. It was really simple — a lot like Gumby, one of my favorites. It was always on at a naptime.

Gumby had a long reign on Nickelodeon — it was primitive clay figure animation. The funny Blockheads — the goofs who always got in trouble — were the bad guys that Gumby coped with along with his horse Pokey, and dog, Nopey.

Ryan also recalled watching Ch-Ch-Ch Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers – the pair of chipmunks he met at Disneyworld. He was even a fan of Barney before his older brother and sister poisoned him on that poor purple dinosaur.

Well, there he is (above) at age 3 or 4 — he wore a Green Bay Packers jersey every year for picture day — and refused to open his mouth for a smile.

Here he is with me sharing an adult beverage — a legal one.  Wow, what I wouldn’t give for a few more moments of time with a baby who watched Bananas in PajamasGumby and danced down the stairs singing and dancing to Barney’s “Special, Special — everyone is special.”  Sigh.

Ryan turns 21
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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