By Dan Wing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As many Philadelphians mourn the loss of Sally Starr (see related story), some of her peers are also reflecting on her legacy and impact on the children of the Delaware Valley.
Carter Merbreier is better known to many as the beloved Captain Noah. His show ran alongside Starr’s for over a decade and they worked in cubicles right next to each other.
“She was just a beautiful woman,” he said. “Everything she did was for the children. She went out to every fair, she rode on more firetrucks, she just was a real professional for the kids.”
Merbreier says during their heyday, it didn’t get much bigger than John Facenda and Sally Starr:
“They were big in their business, and they were just loved by everybody. They were the two stars of their day. And Sally Starr was one of them, and she truly loved children.”
Merbreier says both he and Sally would try to put on shows that would make their children proud, trying to instill good morality in the children watching at home.