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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | May 15, 1992
Barney the Dinosaur gets 1,500 fan letters a week, and he hasn't even been on TV. Until now.The singing purple dinosaur, star of eight "Barney & the Backyard Gang" videotapes since 1988, came to PBS last week with 30 half-hour programs called "Barney & Friends." (The show airs Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. on Maryland Public Television stations.)Barney, a costumed character with a person inside, like Big Bird, is the brainchild of Michigan native Kathy O'Rourke Parker and her partner, Sheryl Leach, both 38. They live in the Dallas area, where Barney was born.
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August 4, 1999
IF Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger can make millions by adorning garments with their names, why shouldn't the U.S. Naval Academy be able to cash in on the same thing?Years ago, universities learned the power of their brand names. They know that their students, graduates and staff -- not to mention people who never stepped foot on their campus -- will often spend a little more to wear the school's name on their chests. They use the proceeds to support their teams or other programs.The Naval Academy does the same thing as other schools with various sports teams.
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December 2, 1993
MAYBE ALL the saccharine sentimentality being sprinkled over the toddlers of America by Barney the dinosaur will reverse a trend that's as old as Cain and Abel, but we doubt it: Boys will always love fightin' toys.GI Joe, of course, is going on its second generation, and has been one of the most durable characters in the doll world (along with Barbie). But Fightin' Joe is not alone; some of the hottest products on toy shelves this holiday season reflect the feeling that nothing warms a child's heart like a good karate chop or a flying wedge kick.
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By Stephen Manes and Stephen Manes,New York Times News Service | September 1, 1997
THIS IS weird. A little friend and I are watching a children's videotape starring Barney, the purple dinosaur.No, that is not the weird part. Nor is the fact that my friend laughs at the appropriate places, sings along, tilts his head to and fro, waves his arms, makes random comments such as "He said 'Please!' " and generally behaves like an uninhibited 3-year-old. The weird part is that my friend is actually a plush, animated Barney doll a bit over a foot tall.The idea of a robotic couch-potato buddy might be old hat in dystopian novels, but it is utterly new in the real world.
NEWS
August 4, 1999
IF Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger can make millions by adorning garments with their names, why shouldn't the U.S. Naval Academy be able to cash in on the same thing?Years ago, universities learned the power of their brand names. They know that their students, graduates and staff -- not to mention people who never stepped foot on their campus -- will often spend a little more to wear the school's name on their chests. They use the proceeds to support their teams or other programs.The Naval Academy does the same thing as other schools with various sports teams.
NEWS
December 27, 1994
Short of a solution for world peace this holiday season, we can offer a suggestion for reducing rancor, angst and one-upmanship: Lighten up on the holiday decorations.Not that we're against the beauty of all the lights and ornaments on display, but the suffocating sense of style increasinglyinherent in seasonal trimmings is going to sap the fun out of it someday.The Christmas decoration industry has been abuilding for years, but it really hit us when we saw a blurb in the New York Times a month ago about Hillary Clinton bringing in Ralph Lauren to do up the White House for Christmas.
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By MAUREEN RICE | June 15, 1993
Want to listen to some great music? Have a family picnic? Stroll through the woods? Chat with friends and neighbors? See Barney the dinosaur up close and personal?Come to Millard Cooper Park in Sykesville on Saturday, where admission is free for the Second Annual Sykesville Music Festival.Music to please almost everyone's taste will be heard in the park off Route 32 on Cooper Drive continuously from noon until 10 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Sykesville Parks and Recreation Department, also will feature crafts and food.
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By Kevin Cowherd | May 28, 1993
Barney the dinosaur's diary:April 18 -- I'm grabbing a smoke outside the studio when that little pain-in-the-neck Tina walks by. Right away she starts gagging and coughing."
SPORTS
By Ken Rosenthal | June 18, 1996
No more excuses. Bobby Bonilla isn't at DH. Cal Ripken isn't at third base. The bullpen is stable. The rotation is past rock bottom. It's time for the Orioles to put up or shut up, once and for all.Last night, they began a two-week stretch that includes 10 games against first-place clubs -- six against the Rangers, four against the New York Yankees."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | September 2, 1993
"In the '50s, it was Elvis," reads the ad on the front page of Billboard. "In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '90s, it's . . . Barney."Barney?Barney the dinosaur?That's right. He may not have the musical reputation of a Mariah Carey or a Garth Brooks, but then again, they don't have a fanatical following among 2- to 4-year-olds. And that's why many in the music industry are betting that "Barney's Favorites" (SBK 27114) will be the sleeper hit of the season.Advance orders for the album, after all, were in excess of 1 million copies -- not bad for an imaginary character.
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By Ken Rosenthal | June 18, 1996
No more excuses. Bobby Bonilla isn't at DH. Cal Ripken isn't at third base. The bullpen is stable. The rotation is past rock bottom. It's time for the Orioles to put up or shut up, once and for all.Last night, they began a two-week stretch that includes 10 games against first-place clubs -- six against the Rangers, four against the New York Yankees."
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By MIKE ROYKO | March 13, 1995
The outburst of Barney hating by computer addicts on the Internet appears to be a far more serious matter than I had originally thought.It was a mistake to assume that the campaign to destroy Barney the Dinosaur was merely the ravings of a bunch of overage, high-tech bed-wetters who ride their modems into cyberspace to shriek obscenities without mommy or daddy spanking them.Or that they were clear-cut evidence of why the worst mistake this country ever made was abolishing the draft for military service.
NEWS
December 27, 1994
Short of a solution for world peace this holiday season, we can offer a suggestion for reducing rancor, angst and one-upmanship: Lighten up on the holiday decorations.Not that we're against the beauty of all the lights and ornaments on display, but the suffocating sense of style increasinglyinherent in seasonal trimmings is going to sap the fun out of it someday.The Christmas decoration industry has been abuilding for years, but it really hit us when we saw a blurb in the New York Times a month ago about Hillary Clinton bringing in Ralph Lauren to do up the White House for Christmas.
NEWS
December 2, 1993
MAYBE ALL the saccharine sentimentality being sprinkled over the toddlers of America by Barney the dinosaur will reverse a trend that's as old as Cain and Abel, but we doubt it: Boys will always love fightin' toys.GI Joe, of course, is going on its second generation, and has been one of the most durable characters in the doll world (along with Barbie). But Fightin' Joe is not alone; some of the hottest products on toy shelves this holiday season reflect the feeling that nothing warms a child's heart like a good karate chop or a flying wedge kick.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | September 2, 1993
"In the '50s, it was Elvis," reads the ad on the front page of Billboard. "In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '90s, it's . . . Barney."Barney?Barney the dinosaur?That's right. He may not have the musical reputation of a Mariah Carey or a Garth Brooks, but then again, they don't have a fanatical following among 2- to 4-year-olds. And that's why many in the music industry are betting that "Barney's Favorites" (SBK 27114) will be the sleeper hit of the season.Advance orders for the album, after all, were in excess of 1 million copies -- not bad for an imaginary character.
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By Kevin Cowherd | August 4, 1993
The newspaper the other day contained an especially troubling bulletin for all you parents of preschoolers: Barney the dinosaur is releasing an album of his greatest hits.Details are sketchy about exactly which of Barney's favorite toe-tappers will be on the album. But you can bet that the exquisitely gooey "I Love You, You Love Me" will make the cut, seeing as how it's become like "Stairway to Heaven" for the 5-and-under set.You can also count on hearing "Frosting the Cake," which, with its dull, hypnotic melody, would have been a perfect choice when the loudspeakers clicked on at Jonestown and people lined up in front of the vats of poisoned Kool-Aid.
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By MIKE ROYKO | March 13, 1995
The outburst of Barney hating by computer addicts on the Internet appears to be a far more serious matter than I had originally thought.It was a mistake to assume that the campaign to destroy Barney the Dinosaur was merely the ravings of a bunch of overage, high-tech bed-wetters who ride their modems into cyberspace to shriek obscenities without mommy or daddy spanking them.Or that they were clear-cut evidence of why the worst mistake this country ever made was abolishing the draft for military service.
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By Kevin Cowherd | August 4, 1993
The newspaper the other day contained an especially troubling bulletin for all you parents of preschoolers: Barney the dinosaur is releasing an album of his greatest hits.Details are sketchy about exactly which of Barney's favorite toe-tappers will be on the album. But you can bet that the exquisitely gooey "I Love You, You Love Me" will make the cut, seeing as how it's become like "Stairway to Heaven" for the 5-and-under set.You can also count on hearing "Frosting the Cake," which, with its dull, hypnotic melody, would have been a perfect choice when the loudspeakers clicked on at Jonestown and people lined up in front of the vats of poisoned Kool-Aid.
NEWS
By MAUREEN RICE | June 15, 1993
Want to listen to some great music? Have a family picnic? Stroll through the woods? Chat with friends and neighbors? See Barney the dinosaur up close and personal?Come to Millard Cooper Park in Sykesville on Saturday, where admission is free for the Second Annual Sykesville Music Festival.Music to please almost everyone's taste will be heard in the park off Route 32 on Cooper Drive continuously from noon until 10 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Sykesville Parks and Recreation Department, also will feature crafts and food.
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By Kevin Cowherd | May 28, 1993
Barney the dinosaur's diary:April 18 -- I'm grabbing a smoke outside the studio when that little pain-in-the-neck Tina walks by. Right away she starts gagging and coughing."
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