]]]Kindergarten, those were the days. You went to class, played with toys, sang some songs, ate milk & cookies, took a nap and eased into your grueling life of education ahead of you. My teacher, Mrs. Sax, had a smile bigger than life. While my last memory of Kindergarten was her planting a big kiss on my cheek, my favorite memory was learning with the Letter People.

The Letter People were created in the 1970's by two women, Elayne Reiss-Weimann and Rita Friedman. The concept was simple, yet brilliant. A character was created for each letter of the English alphabet and each one had a specific trait that started with the letter it represented (e.g. - Mr. F had Funny Feet). The consonants were Letter Boys and the vowels were Letter Girls. The male-to-female ratio might seem askew, but this ensured that Letter Girls were in the vast majority of words created by the Letter People.

Below are the original Letter People (pre-1990's) that I was familiar with:
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Original Letter People:
Miss A - A'choo
Mister B - Beautiful Buttons
Mister C - Cotton Candy
Mister D - Delicious Doughnuts
Miss E - Exercising
Mister F - Funny Feet
Mister G - Gooey Gum
Mister H - Horrible Hair
Miss I - Incredible Inventor
Mister J - Jumbled Junk
Mister K - Kicking
Mister L - Lemon Lollipops
Mister M - Munching Mouth
Mister N - Noisy Nose
Miss O - Optimist
Mister P - Pointy Patches
Mister Q - Quiet
Mister R - Ripping Rubberbands
Mister S - Super Socks
Mister T - Tall Teeth
Miss U - Upsy-Daisy Umbrella
Mister V - Violet Velvet Vest
Mister W - Wonderful Wink
Mister X - All Wrong (Mixed-Up)
Mister Y - Yawning
Mister Z - Zipping Zippers


In 1990, Abrams & Co. Publishers Inc. of Waterbury, Connecticut bought the rights to The Letter People and made sweeping changes to the program. Below is a poster of the revised character platform. At first glance you can see the appearance of each character is quite different. Also, many (but not all) of the characteristics associated with each Letter Person were revised. You'll notice in the red text below that any references to junk food were replaced. In retrospect, this made perfect sense for a program that intended to stimulate the learning process. Recent studies have shown that taking away junk food from an educational environment significantly increases concentration. Negative images were also eliminated, such as Mister H's Horrible Hair and Mister X being All Wrong. Also, a shortened approach was taken to each prefix - Mister became Mr. and Miss became Ms.

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