55th Anniversary Memory Wall

Have memories from the last 55 years of WDSE • WRPT to share? Let us know here and we'll add them to our memories on this page!

In addition to teaching me how to spin a basketball on my finger, I’ll never forget how Mister Rogers taught me how important it was to consider how other people are impacted by your words and actions. Being considerate and showing respect for others will forever be important life lessons.

-- Bre G.

I love nature programs. I would tune in just to watch Nova and Nature. I kept me captivated for hours. Still does. PBS has made a tremendous impact on my education of the natural world.

-- Jason S, Wrenshall, MN

The days I stayed home sick from school consisted of every show possible on PBS. From the 1980s 'Sesame Street' to 'The Bird Book'- where a guy narrated a story while he drew on a piece of paper, to 'Mark Kistler's Imagination Station' where he drew these awesome 3-D characters and taught you how and I still use what I learned from his show by drawing some of those characters in my son's notes for school, and who could forget 'Storylords'...I was fascinated with that show! ...I'll never forget watching the BBC version of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' via our local PBS station and forever falling in love with that version, story and why I, eventually, became a member of PBS. Memories and techniques I learned from it and still think of and use today! It's a part of my life and forever will be as I pass the love of it down to my kids!

-- Ashley S.

When I would stay with my sister in Duluth, it was fun to see my nieces Shay and Abby learn their ABC's and learn to count while watching Sesame Street!

-- Julie D, Floodwood, MN

Growing up, loved watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Sesame Street, 3-2-1 contact. I also have enjoyed over the years watching: This old house, ask this old House, Antiques Road show, ken burns series of programs, American experience, the red green show and even meeting Red and Harold. I do enjoy masterpiece theatre and liked watching Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, The Paradise and others. I also have enjoyed the kids shows too. The local documentaries are great and have enjoyed doing the local productions over the years, being able to work at the station and be a part of the team as well as adding to my broadcast career. I thank the staff at wdse past and present, for allowing for me to be a part of the action. Happy 55th and hope for many years to come!

-- Joe M.

Watching Sherlock Holmes in my youth on Sunday nights really turned me on to the mystery/crime genre, and inspired me to read and explore many different authors that have enriched my life immensely.

-- Tom S, Duluth, MN

In the 60s, I was in a split-class of 3rd and 4th Graders at Morgan Park School (at the time, a K-12 in Duluth). Three times a week, we would have a language teaching, in Spanish. When we did, Mrs. Ogard would wheel in a television, flip on the black and white television screen to Channel 8 and we would all learn a portion of from "Don Miguel". To this day, I still remember some phrases, words and numbers from Ya hablamos español and "Don Miguel" from WDSE...and Mrs. Ogard, too!

-- Pat P.

An amazing POV documentary about Alzheimer’s called The Genius of Marian has stuck with me for a long time. The story is told so beautifully, poignantly, by the filmmaker/son about his mom struggling to keep her memory and independence as her disease progresses. That piece brought me to tears and continues to inspire how I tell stories and make work today. Thanks to WDSE for offering us powerful, intelligent, and beautiful stories.

-- Karen S, Duluth, MN

One afternoon, while working as a Director/Videographer at WDSE, I was tasked with going out and purchasing every ping pong ball I could find for an event that evening featuring Bob Keeshan, AKA Captain Kangaroo. He signed each one for Channel 8 members who attended the event. I still have mine. The next morning, three of us from the staff had the honor of having breakfast with the Captain at Fitgers. We had an incredible discussion about the impact that television for children can have.

-- John S.

I remember in elementary school finishing my homework as fast as possible so I could watch Wishbone and see what adventures that silly little dog got up to. It made all the classic titles, like Tale of Two Cities, more approachable for me. Throughout my formal education, whenever I was assigned a book that was featured, I had an advantage, already understanding the basic plot and the meaning of the story.

-- Jenna K, Duluth, MN

As long as PBS has been around and I've watched it on our local program WDSE/WRPT's channel, 8....I remember LOVING Masterpiece Theater. Specifically, 'Sharpe' with Sean Bean and why I still love him today...you could say he was one of my first crushes growing up. I also enjoyed watching 'Bramwell'....about a female doctor. And who could forget 'Mystery' ....now Masterpiece Mystery...but I loved the Edward Gorey beginning and watching new hosts from Vincent Price to Diana Rigg and now Alan Cumming. I fell in love with the fainting lady and who didn't wink when the skull on the grave did?! ;) ...Poirot and Ms. Marple were some of my must see episodes! I still look forward to my Sunday nights with 'Poldark' and 'Grantchester' - (let's just say, if my vicar looked like that, I'd be in church all the time) and 'Victoria'.... Keep the good shows coming, PBS! They are certainly quality!! Thank you!

-- Ashley S.

I remember admiring those kids on Reading Rainbow who LOVED books. That program definitely inspired me to explore the library, because it helped me discover that reading transported me into worlds I'd never seen otherwise.

-- Dawn M, Duluth, MN

As a big fan of Denny Anderson for the last 20 years I was happy when he took the chair on Almanac North. This enabled me to get my Denny fix each week and learn a lot more about our local politics and the matters that impact our region.

-- Charlie D, Duluth, MN

Growing up on public television gave me a big head start in school. Sesame Street taught me how to read and count before I ever set foot in a classroom. Mr. Rogers taught me how to be a good friend. As I got a little older, 3 2 1 Contact and Square One peaked my interest in science and math. And I credit Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego with sparking my love of travel.

-- Nicole S, Duluth, MN

My first memory of WDSE is from about 1969. After school channel 8 ran a 15-minute Spanish language program. I can’t say I learned a great deal from the instructor, but I do remember his technique. He would say a line in English then in Spanish, followed by the words “Por favor repite”. He would then whisper the Spanish line under his breath and then congratulate you on how well you did! It was my first introduction to the Spanish language.

-- Larry E, Hermantown, MN

My after school routine was watching 3-2-1 Contact, Electric Company and the Bloodhound Gang. Big impact on my life and my creativity.

-- Jason S, Cloquet, MN

Imagine life before highway 61 existed! The documentary about the Steamer America offered an amazing opportunity to learn the history of the shore. The towns and settlements were vibrant and thriving, connected only by ships like the America. It makes me appreciate the asphalt lifeline we take for granted.

-- Karen S, Duluth, MN

When I first moved to Duluth I worked second shift and would get home in time every night for the late run of the PBS Newshour. I always enjoyed ending my day with its balanced reporting and it became something that I looked forward to every evening.

-- Jenna K, Duluth, MN

I fell in love with British humor in middle school watching THE BLACK ADDER and RED DWARF from the BBC. Those programs indirectly exposed me to a more global perspective through humor. It made me interested in how other people and cultures viewed life.

-- Dawn M, Duluth, MN