Yes, it’s official as Ryan first told me. Reading Rainbow aired it’s final episode Friday. It was something that always was in the background of my life, having first aired in 1983. I even remember watching my first episode “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain” and how my mother was abuzz about some new show on PBS we were going to watch. Then summer after summer during the 80’s, anxiously waiting to watch new episodes. Strangely in the late 90’s, RR became sort of an obsession for me. Slowly, I tried to add a complete list of guest narrators to the Reading Rainbow entry at the Internet Movie Database. I would gather info from the internet or happen to catch an episode and then write down the name of the narrator, episode, and year of the original airing. Then in 2006, when I opened my first account on youtube, I posted probably 20 or more clips from the show after getting my hands on some tapes from my parents. Both are teachers and had used Reading Rainbow in their classrooms for many years. So here’s a big salute to you RR, and as Levar would say at the end of each episode “I’ll see you next time!”
Below are just two of my favorite Reading Rainbow moments, both from my newer youtube account.