Saturday, October 23, 2010

Behind the Polka Dot Door: RIP Denis Simpson

November 1950 – October 22, 2010

A friend said today: "it's been a sad day for us 70s/80s Ontario kids". She of course was referring to the passing of the beloved host of the long running classic Polka Dot Door, Denis Simpson. No one sang, danced, listened to stuffed animals or told stories quite like Denis. He's a special part of so many childhoods. We're grateful for his talents, kindness and passion and for simply being there to help a countless number of us take those first steps towards discovering our worlds.

RIP Denis. We'll never forget you.


  1. I guess what they say is true about celebrities. They really do go in threes.

  2. It's been a sad week indeed.

  3. Anonymous12/13/2014

    I had the fortune of meeting Denis at the Carnegie Centre in Vancouver a couple of years ago. They serve really affordable meals there and people usually share tables. He was a kind and warm and likable as he seemed on Polka Dot Door. We did a cross word together. It was a really nice experience. He died only a short time later. The strange part was the my sister had a dream about him, then within a day or two I met him, then he died right after that. I don't know what that was about!


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