April 6th

1992 – Barney and Friends Arrives on Television

On this day in dinosaurs, PBS transmitted the first episode of Barney and Friends. As generations of kids will remember “Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination” who is actually a  person dressed in a purple dinosaur suit.

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Although not scientifically accurate, Barney and his dinosaur friends show how versatile humanity’s perception of dinosaurs can be. The series was a major success, with new episodes continuing production until 2009.

While many purist dinophiles might scoff at Barney as a glorified cartoon, his presence on television may have sparked the very first time that many children heard the word “dinosaur.”

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