Happy birthday, Mr. Dressup! Today, Google celebrates beloved TV icon Ernie Coombs' would-be birthday with a doodle.
Coombs starred in the Canadian children's TV show 'Mr. Dressup' on CBC, which ran from 1967 to 1996.
In the doodle, you can see Mr. Dressup with his pals Casey and Finnegan popping out of the Tickle Trunk.
Coombs died in Toronto in 2001 at age 73 after experiencing a stroke, but clearly his memory lives on. Many Canadians took to Twitter to express their gratitude at Google's choice.
Love the Google doodle celebrating a Canadian legend - Mr. Dressup. Happy Bday to the late Ernie Coombs.
Google celebrates Mr Dressup. Classy. The Dressup treehouse in our atrium is still a huge draw. http://t.co/uDnYyngc
Happy birthday, Mr. Dressup. Gone, but never forgotten. # rip
RT @darcybross: YES. THIS! RT @kristinnuendo This is why I love Google. Happy Birthday Mr Dressup! http://t.co/5FNntNpW
Amber Elaine Preston
RT @Jayzizzzzle: Happy birthday Mr. Dressup! You were my childhood! Rest in paradise ❤😘🎈
Mr. DressUp on Google header. So much love. ❤
As a kid I always thought that Mr. Dressup and I were somehow related. Maybe not how it works, but I still loved him <3 #coombs #toombs
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. DRESSUP #childhoodlove #85
thanks Google for makin me feel like a kid again. Mr Dressup was my favorite show. Need another Canadian kids tv host like that again
RT @cbc_archives: Mr. Dressup is the man on everyone's lips today. Here's a 1996 interview on the set of his show: http://t.co/RGL2hZCm
Thanks Google Canada for celebrating Mr. Dressup's 85th birthday with a Doodle. I still miss him...http://t.co/lZxE72VW #Canadianicons
Happy 85th Birthday to the late, great Mr. Dressup! My fave part of his show was the drawing segment. He made it look so easy! #CBC @Google
Casey & Finnigan 4 life! With the creepy owl painting that gave me nightmares, Mr. Dressup was the ultimate celebration of imagination!
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RT @LisaMuswagon: He made one great babysitter in our household for many years. RIP Mr. Dressup
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Jennifer Hom, Doodler
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Mike Dutton, Doodler
Favorite Doodle: <a href="http://www.google.com/doodles/79th-anniversary-of-the-first-drive-in-movie" target="_hplink">Drive-in Theater</a> Occasion: 79th anniversary of the first drive-in movie "While I really enjoyed working on the Anniversary of the Drive-In Theater, I'd have to say the user reaction is what makes this my favorite doodle. It inspired a great sense of nostalgia as users shared on various social networks their own personal experiences, some even being nearly-forgotten childhood memories. We may have taken them to the show, but in the end, they were the stars."
Sophia Foster-Dimino, Doodler
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Willie Real, Doodler
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Kris Hom, Engineer
Favorite Doodle: <a href="http://www.google.com/doodles/google-instant-launch" target="_hplink">Particles</a> Occasion: Google Instant launch "My favorite because it resulted from a collaboration of Google engineers from many different backgrounds. I still love to play with this because it's both fun and calming. It lives on in the header of the official Google Blog at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/"
Corrie Scalisi, Engineer
Favorite Doodle: <a href="http://www.google.com/doodles/louis-brailles-107th-birthday" target="_hplink">Braille Google</a> Occasion: Louis Braille's 107th birthday "This one ran before I even joined the company so I have no idea who made it. There's a wonderfully fun simplicity to it. I remember seeing it when it ran and thinking that it was amazing how clearly recognizable the logo was, even without recognizable letters."
Marcin Wichary, Engineer
Favorite Doodle: <a href="http://www.google.com/doodles/st-georges-day-the-30th-anniversary-of-the-zx-spectrum" target="_hplink">ZX St. George</a> Occasion: St. George's Day / the 30th anniversary of the ZX spectrum "A doodle celebrating St. George's Day while faithfully representing the constrained technical capabilities of a 30-year old machine, ZX Spectrum, which was the early computer many people started on. (Someone subsequently dug out their childhood Spectrum and put our doodle on it!)"
Mark Ivey, Engineer
Favorite Doodle: <a href="http://www.google.com/doodles/30th-anniversary-of-pac-man" target="_hplink">Pac-Man (interactive)</a> Occasion: 30th anniversary of Pac-Man "I'm a sucker for video games, and seeing how this doodle faithfully recreated the original pac-man even while re-making the map to be the Google logo was great."