The Letter People

PBS (ended 1976)


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The Letter People

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The Letter People were created in 1972 by a group in Waterbury, Connecticut called New Dimensions in Education. The principles were simple: This was an educational show that taught children in kindergarten through first grade how to read using characters to represent letters of the alphabet. Theme Song: Come and meet the Letter People Come and visit in the family Words are made of Letter People A, B, C, D, Follow me The original Letter People were shaped in a quickly-identifiable fashion. All the consonants were called "Letter Boys," and the vowels were "Letter Girls." It was a perfect compliment to Title IX that Letter Girls had to be in every word the Letter People made. The Letter People television series was produced 1974-76 in the facilities of KETC in St. Louis. That station held TV distribution rights for the series, even after a "new generation" of Letter People came about in 1997. (By this time, New Dimensions in Education had become part of Abrams & Co. Publishers.)moreless
Allan Trautman

Allan Trautman

puppeteer [uncredited]

Joneal Joplin

Joneal Joplin

Voices of Mr. S and Mr. G

King Hall

King Hall

head puppeteer

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  • Great for little kids

    Hello, My name is Melissa from Cincinnati, Ohio. Just wanted to say I loved the letter people when I was little and it will be great for my 4 & 5 year old to watch them. They will help them out a lot just like they did me so many years ago. Thanks God for The letter People. I'm not sure what I would do without them. I have no idea of how to be a teacher and this helps out a lot. My next door neighbor is going to check them out also, because I have been going on and on about them. Melinda, my sister uses them for her child as well. Thanks for all the help!

    forever greatful

    Melissa S Demerlemoreless
  • One of the best shows from my childhood.

    This is one of those shows that if you mention it in a room full of people, you'll be lucky to find anyone who remembers it. If they don't remember it, they are either too young, too old, or never saw it, because this is one that once you've seen it you'll NEVER forget it. They sort of looked like cracked out Muppets.

    The vowels were girls and the consonants were boys. At one point they had their own little game show set up to show how different words were formed.

    I spent a long time trying to contact the people who distrubute the classroom version of the Letter People (it's a bit different, and currently has become very PC by changing the boy/girl thing and changing some of the names). After about 20 calls went unanswered, I finally broke down and bought a copy on eBay. It was all I remembered and more.moreless
  • One of a kind ...

    I adored this show as a child, and still consider myself a fan of The Letter People.

    It was kind of a "poor man's" Sesame Street, and now revels in the glory of cultdom more than commercial success that some of it's cohorts of the era have experienced over the years.

    It's a really great children's show, and I look forward to it hopefully coming out on dvd eventually, and sharing it with friends and whatever children I have in the future.