'Young World', piece of WSFA history displayed at AL Dept. of Archives & History

'Young World', piece of WSFA history displayed at AL Dept. of Archives & History
Show opening for Young World (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Young World was on WSFA’s air for 15 years - from 1972 to 1987. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Young World was on WSFA’s air for 15 years - from 1972 to 1987. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
A piece of WSFA's history is on display. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
A piece of WSFA's history is on display. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Those memories will be on display on the second floor of the Alabama Archives through October. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Those memories will be on display on the second floor of the Alabama Archives through October. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Marge Payne was the creator of the show. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Marge Payne was the creator of the show. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A piece of WSFA's history is on display. The Alabama Department of Archives and History is holding a tribute to the children's show "Young World".

"So many kids in the Montgomery area grew up with Young World and that whole experience," remembers former co-host Rich Thomas.

Thomas was one of many of WSFA's most beloved faces who were a part of Young World. Phil Snow, a long-time sports director here, and meteorologists Dan Atkinson also co-hosted with Young World's creator Marge Payne.

"She was an exceedingly special person," said Art Williams, perhaps Young World's biggest fan. He was a regular guest on the show in the 1980s. He and Marge became good friends, and he now describes her as a mentor. When she died in 2009, she left all of her Young World memoirs to him.

"I remember coming through this door right here, I was 8-years-old the first time, it was 1982 July," Williams reminisced. "I vividly remember walking in this studio and seeing the set for the first time in person and I felt like I was in the land of Oz. I went back home and turned my room into the set from Young World."

Young World was on WSFA's air for 15 years, from 1972 to 1987. Every episode welcomed local children into the studio to watch puppet shows, do arts and crafts, play with clowns, and celebrate birthdays!

"When you heard that la-la-la-la-la-la, that theme song, everybody still talks about it," Thomas said as he looked over the exhibit.

"Dan Atkinson's favorite puppet was Sam Snifflesnort, and he did a great Sam Snifflesnort," Thomas continued. "Dan taught me how to dow the puppets because I was doing the puppets too, that was part of the job!"

"This brings back such memories," Thomas sighed.

Those memories will be on display on the second floor of the Alabama Archives through October.  The Miss Pitty Pat’s Pals book is on display, it’s basically a book of letters that children wrote to the show. Every one of those letters has been digitized, labeled by child’s name, and can be viewed by clicking this link.

The Alabama Department of Archives & History is also holding a Young World Screening this summer featuring actual episodes of the show. That's set for July 14 at 10 a.m.

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