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Thousands of comedies, dramas & news shows have aired, yet the presence of strong women – both in front of and behind the camera - is often a story untold. Advanced TV Herstory believes it’s all worth telling and re-telling.

Sometimes shows offer great leadership lessons or are so timeless in their writing that people say the series has aged very well. We’ll revisit moments in TV where women broke records, exceeded expectations or put their careers on the line. Advanced TV Herstory connects the treasures & moments of the past and places it into context of American life, for women, today.

Tomorrow’s success is rooted in understanding what has come before us. Knowledge is power. So gear up for a little storytelling and fun, sociology, fashion, economics or strategy. It’s all here in Advanced TV Herstory.

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Apr 18, 2017

Today’s we’re talking about the original teacher from Romper Room, Miss Sherri. Listeners who are Gen X and Millennial, Romper Room was like slow - moving televised kindergarten, usually featuring 6 kids. Well-mannered kids who helped Baby Boom kids get ready for classroom learning.

By 1962, Miss Sherri Finkbine (actually Mrs. Finkbine, but she was known as Miss) had been the teacher on Romper Room, filmed and regionally distributed in Arizona, for nearly four years. Little did she know that taking the drug Thalidomide would greatly impact her pregnancy. Within a matter of weeks, she became more famous for a personal situation which played out in a public fashion, than her career on the children’s show. In fact, that career ended quite prematurely.