Cast members of WGBH’s original ZOOM show (1972-1980) met recently with series creator Christopher Sarson in Marshfield MA for an evening of stories, music and lobsters (paid for by viewers like you).

Despite their current ZOOM Rap subjects like “trips to the doctor,” “mortgage payments,” and “the kids,” the Zoomers still keep in touch and manage to get together now and then.

ZOOM's 40th Reunion Party, August 11, 2012, Marshfield MA

Left to right Nina, Christopher Sarson, Nancy, Tracy, Leon, Ann, Joe and Tommy White.

86 Comments

  1. Jeromea M. on June 24, 2019 at 12:51 am

    I absolutely loved Zoom! The show was such a delight with a sparkling cast of highly talented children. I used to get so excited when the Zoom kids would sing, “Let’s roll out the barrel and find out what’s inside today!” They’d sing this sprightly ditty as the opening to reading viewers’ letters on the air. There was also one Zoom episode where one of the kids was making an ice cream cone snowman.I thought that was so adorable.

  2. thomas brown on May 28, 2019 at 3:59 am

    hello my name is thomas brown and i am deaf use sign language i enjoyed watch i was 9 to 12 years old that was best year since 1972 to 1974 so, i got dvd with closed captioned but show with english/subtitles i like 1970’s style zoom was real cool and shirt color was cool too!

    still support zoom
    take care-thomas brown

  3. Tony Padron on April 23, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    In 72, I remember an episode where they took a penny, some vinegar and salt, and made the penny look new.

    And another when they took a string, put it on top of an ice cube, added salt, and made the string stick to it.

    I was also in love with Sesame Street, The Electric Company, SCTV, and Captain Kangaroo.

  4. Tony Padron on April 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I was 9 years old in 72 and was madly in love with Nancy and Tracy, especially Nancy. I miss being a little kid, best time of my life.

  5. Jaime Velez on April 2, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Loved the show, great memories. Why is it that they just don’t make kids like us 70’s kids anymore (including mine). My favorite episode was when they featured kids making a tree house. That summer my friends and I gathered wood from all over the neighborhood invaded our dads nail supply and built our own tree house. Best summer ever!!!

    My favorite zoomer was the Asian girl… I just don’t remember her name.

    • Karen Lynch on April 5, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      Bernadette???She did that funny thing with her arms in the intro? I do know that as a young adult she worked at ‘GBH! I met her! Lovely young woman :)

      • Tony Padron on April 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

        I remember that, I got to look it up and show my little girl.

  6. Missy Moore on January 26, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I was nine years old when season one was on the air in Chicago. I had such a crush on Tommy. I even named my second kitty cat after him. So nice to see this reunion picture of them as “grown-ups”. LOL.

  7. Earl on November 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    It’s so great to see a picture of the ZOOM cast! As a young child growing African American in Chicago it was great to see a show with kids of all kinds just being kids. It was wonderful all the original ideas that were in the show and how me and my friends lived for new stuff from zoom and tried to get shirts. Nancy was my crush before I had a crush lol. We need more shows like this now without adults messing it up.

    • Shawn Malone on December 27, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      I remember Zoom from the 1972-73 season. It used to come on KCET Channel 28, Los Angeles.

      Ubbi dubbi. Come on and Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! I still remember a cartoon sketch when kids went Trick Or Treating. They knocked on the door an a witch appeared. The kids said ” Eeeeek!” “A witch!” The witch began laughing like a maniac and dragged the kids inside and slammed the door. The end.

  8. Joanne Grady Huskey on October 6, 2018 at 11:35 am

    How incredibly fun to see this! I was the Contributions Editor (selected all the segments to do on the air from our thousands of letters from kids). I loved working with the Zoom kids in the studio to do these segments for the viewing audience. It was an ingenious idea that Chris Sarson cane up with— to use TV to get kids active and creative! Glad you had a reunion wish I had known about it!

  9. Dan on October 5, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Definitely had a crush on Tracy, but Ann wasn’t far behind. The slightly dark studio and the kids in socks were surreal but it all somehow worked. Other children’s shows had perfect looking kids and bright lights, the zoomers were kids everyone could relate to.

  10. JME on October 2, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    This was my favorite show, growing up in Brooklyn NY. The kids were great/relatable, the songs, videos, activities, etc. I loved it all. (Getting mail back from the show when you wrote was also amazing.)

  11. Lois Button on September 10, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Hubi, frubends. (Sorry, had to do it).
    Just wanted to say that this show was so important for me when I was a kid in the seventies.
    I grew up in a very small, very white, town in New Hampshire. The word diversity was not even in my vocabulary… until the sixth grade. That year I got not only my first Male teacher, but he was the first Jewish person I ever knew.
    At Christmas time that year he told my class that Christmas was not his holiday, but if we wanted to give him a gift, it had to be something we made ourselves.
    I just happen to have had a book about Zoom. And the book had a recipe for Challah in it. I had never made bread before. But I tried it. Nailed it!!!.
    He really appreciated the bread, and the fact that I honored both of our traditions.
    So, anyway… I looked up Zoom tonight because I want to make some Challah. I know I can find hundreds of recipes online, but I want THAT one. Anyone know where I can find that book?

  12. steve moralez on August 13, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    any body know what happened to luiz?

    • Susheel Bibbs on August 17, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      I vaguely recall hearing long back that he returned home. He was Dominican.

  13. Bennett on May 23, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I had a big crush on Tommy.. the sparkly eyes and cute nose, ha ha. Nina was so cool; I admired her greatly even as a kid. The imagination was delightful, not at all pedantic.

    • Anita Murphy on May 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      We need a reunion and updates on all zoomers .I used to live for that show. Any zoomers out there in this group?

  14. Myko Houston on March 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    are there any ore reunions ? would love to keep in view of how you’re still doing.

  15. Sharon on February 10, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I grew up loving this show! I’m 54 now and still remember “Write Zoom, z double o m box 350, Boston, Mass 02134! Send it to Zoom!” Also, learned what a SASE was (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) and collected my Zoom cards for years! Donna was my favorite!

    • Cindy Neumann on March 24, 2018 at 12:36 am

      YES! Loved it as well! There was a little blonde girl named Edith in Season 3, I believe….I wonder where she is now……I wish there were more shows like this for kids today!

      • Lee Smith on March 30, 2018 at 9:18 pm

        Many years ago, while shopping at the Burlington Mall, a woman approached me and said that she remembered me from WGBH. That woman turned out to be Edith from Zoom. As best that I can remember, she was happy and doing well.

  16. Don on September 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Nina is still a beauty! One of my first crushes! :)

    • Bennett on May 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Nina was the coolest person to me then.

  17. Maria Martin Martin on August 25, 2016 at 6:42 am

    I loved that show Zoom as kid. I knew one cast member, his nickname was Red, but his real name is name was David O’Brian. What he been up to since the show? You guys look great. Sincerely, Maria Saia Martin

    • Deborah O"Brien on September 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      David is married and lives in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a pastor at Blue Ridge Community Church (www.blue-ridge.org) and ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery. We have 4 children & 5 grandchildren.
      He is an awesome husband & loves the Lord!

      • beth chiron on February 8, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        I remember Zoom from my childhood and looking it up now to show my 14 yr old son. I was surprised to see it look so different from what I remembered (which was all-black leotards).

      • Gale Perkins on January 18, 2019 at 9:22 pm

        Great to hear!

  18. PJ on August 23, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I lived for Zoom.

    It aired during a very different time, the early to mid 70s, when a cultural shift was taking place. Moms started to go back to work, families were splitting up, and the innocence of the 60s was disappearing.

    For so many of us, Zoom was the ultimate escape for urban kids whose lives weren’t the way life was depicted on the Brady Bunch, and Zoom had a cast of kids who weren’t California perfect, and somehow made us feel like we were fine just the way we were.

    Watching the reruns, there is a bit of a melancholy vibe to it all, and that realism is what made it work. Kids weren’t patronized, they were valued and heard.

    Listen to City Child. For me, that haunting beautiful melody perfectly captures the vibe of Zoom, and those chilly autumn evenings in NY sitting in front of the TV, watching kids with a very peculiar accent sing, dance, and ‘rap’.

    A pure treasure.

  19. Valeri on August 1, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Wow! I loved ZOOM, the original cast was my age. It was a great break from daily afternoon sitcoms and reruns. It was creative and made me ponder things as I sat and polished off several bowls of cold cereal. Kids living in an eastern city, a bigger city, not much different than myself and the kids in po dunk Puyallup.

  20. Anita Murphy on April 14, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Are any zoomers in this discussion?

  21. Anita Murphy on March 16, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    How bout a complete box set with a scrapbook? I have the one put out about ten yrs ago with clips and a small book. The fans would love the whole ball of wax! Zoom represents my childhood!

    • Mark on May 3, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Great suggestion! I’d buy it.

  22. Stephanie Campbell on March 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Write zoom…z oo m…box 350 Boston,mass02134!!! Cant believe I found this

  23. PDG on February 14, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Wow!!! It’s GREAT to see this cast photo. I hope PBS does a ZOOM Reunion Special featuring the casts of the 70’s. I had a crush on NANCY – I thought she was soooo talented. Plus she had a great precocious personality. God bless them all. I’d like to know what happened to Luis and Andrae who were members of two different casts. THANK YOU FOR THIS PIC!!

  24. Angela on January 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I do the arm thing too, and my kids hate it so I do it more! I loved that show as a kid. Come on and zoom zoom zooma zoom :)

  25. Rene E Granado on January 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Wow! I watched Zoom on PBS ch13 in Dallas. I loved the show. I had such a crush on Tracy. I was so angry when she was no longer on the show that I wrote an angry letter to the show, but I don’t think I mailed it. That is what I remember the most. However, reading these other posts brings back other cool memories. Enjoyed the reunion picture! Tracy is still cute.

  26. Shaamon on November 22, 2015 at 10:54 am

    It’s so good to see you all. I grew up watching Zoom. Being a black kid growing up in New Jersey, it was nice to see Nancy and Kenny and Leon, and everyone together having fun. I also had a crush on Nancy, I also wanted to wish Nancy a happy birthday ❤ on July 20th but I didn’t know where, so I’ll do it now, this is a great photo. God bless you all and thanks for the memories.

  27. Marco Schaffer on November 21, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Hi. I was soo in Love with Nancy when I was little, watching the show. It’s really good seeing Nancy again. I can see that it looks like you’re using a cane now. Good to see you Nancy. Cane & all. Thank for posting your picture. You’ve put a smile on my face.

  28. Dale Lewis on November 19, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    My favorite was Andrea. Loved Zoom.

  29. Sharon Morales on November 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I totally loved this show growing up ! My favorites were Nancy and Jay . Thanks for posting this picture

  30. Faye McNamara on July 15, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Wasn’t there an Ethyl on Zoom?

  31. Teri Buskey on March 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I loved this show growing up in the suburbs of Boston. With my two sisters and our friends we would reenact the shows and we each got to be our favorite character. Of the girls, we all fought over being Ann. Great memories!

  32. Melvin Oliver on February 7, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I would like to hear from this amazing 40 reunion of they are the best television history.

  33. Edwin Harvey on January 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I grew up watching zoom in the 70’s and it was my most favorite kids show!
    Did you know they had different kids for each season?
    I sent a picture I drew, but they never shown it on TV.

  34. Doye DelaCruz on January 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I really liked this this show. As a kid from small town Arkansas, I really related to the kids on this program.

  35. jjm on December 12, 2014 at 12:29 am

    This is definitely a show that needs to be released on video. Not just the “best of”. But the whole series needs to be brought back. The remake just doesn’t hold a candle and lacks the charm of the original. Just find out who holds the license and bombard them with requests.

    • Rich Chodes on January 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      I agree totally! Why are they not releasing the complete episodes? Its probably either for legal reasons, or god forbid, they recorded over the original video tapes (they used to do that back then to save money). Bring back Zoom!

  36. Forest Temple on December 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Zoomer not sooner…

  37. Forest Temple on December 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Hi…what a nice photo…Tracy certainly was my favorite sooner too…Leon I didn’t know (2years older) but he was kinda kewl..went to my school…in Dover, what I wanna know is how come of all these local Boston kids not even a single kid…has that Boston dialect?

    • James Field on April 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Oh, but some did. Tommy, David, and Maura all had great Boston accents, and Nancy had a bit of one. (I directed the first three seasons.)

      • Larry LeCain on April 6, 2018 at 10:07 pm

        Hey James! How goes it with you?

        • James Field on April 7, 2018 at 6:23 pm

          Just fine. I spend a lot of time in Europe. Still playing bluegrass. How’s by you?



        • Larry LeCain on April 13, 2018 at 11:14 pm

          Living on Nantucket. Local theater and some video
          L.LeCain@ Gmail



      • PEDRO GUITARD on April 14, 2018 at 12:10 am

        Hey James, I was a huge Zoomer during the first 3 or 4 seasons. I am also a fan of your work on Zoom. What memories can you share regarding the production of the shows. How much input did the cast members have regarding the content of the shows, songs. Etc. Were the kids easy to work with? How about their parents? Was it true that the parents signed very long contracts preventing their children from performing on other shows? Thankx!!!

  38. Ros Patterson on December 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    EVERY boy in my class had a crush on Nancy!

  39. R Gillis on December 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    “Dot dot dot . . . and it ended in May.”

    • Susan on February 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

      it began in march & it ended in may, i remember the hour & i remember the day, i remember how long it’s been since he went away, so Lord please bring him back to me, today, right away…

      “The city is the grossest place, ii’d rather live in outer space!”

      Twinkle twihihihihinkle – little little cat …how, oh how i wonder just where you are at….

  40. MarLee on November 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Where is Bernadette? She was my favorite. I was so proud when I learned to do the arm-fan-thingy, like she did in the opening credits. Lol.

    • Edwin Harvey on January 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      They had different kids for the different seasons of Zoom. So the girl you mentioned was probably from a different season.

    • Mer on November 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

      I do that arm thing ! Didn’t think anyone remembered! Haha

    • Derrick on April 14, 2016 at 5:43 am

      Bernadette was my favorite. I also loved when she did the arm thingy during the intro.

      • Anita Murphy on April 14, 2016 at 7:50 am

        I’d like to see a full fledged reunion. Maybe WGBH could also do a scrapbook. Would be nice if all ZOOM alumni would participate.

  41. Delores Barnes on November 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I grew up watching this show in the 70″s glad everyone’s well!

  42. Deborah O'Brien on June 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    My husband David O’Brien was “Red” on Zoom in the 70’s. I would LOVE to be able to connect him with his cast mates. Can you help?
    Debbie

    • Michael Ambrosino on July 18, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Try Christopher at:

  43. Adonnis Jones on May 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Oh My God, I can’t express in words the joy and happiness that came flooding through when I found this photo. I was Googling where are you guys now. I loved, loved, loved Nancy. My other favorites Leon, Joe…well, truly all of you. The Cat Came Back, my favorite. Bring back my childhood, please! I am just smiling. Where is Bernadette?

  44. Karen G on April 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    An absolutely wonderful time in my preteen/teen years. I wouldn’t eat dinner or be disturbed when that show was on! Best friend gave me a “Zoom Back to the 70’s” dvd for my 53rd b-day. Best gift EVER! And, all the best to the cast members!

  45. John on April 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

    What a great photo!
    I’m a singer songwriter
    Currently recording an album
    But way back in 72, 73
    I was still just a boy
    & just starting to write songs
    And boy did I have a thing for Tracy
    I used to be glued to the set
    I wrote one of my 1st songs about that
    Little girl a song called Tracy
    It was about how I thought it was our destiny to meet
    And be together
    Kind of hallarious
    What a lonely little kid
    Can talk himself into
    She does look kind of the same
    Nice to see Nina, joe, nancy, ann and tommy in the photo too!
    I loved all the kids in the first 2 casts
    It really brought back a very innocent time in my life
    Thanks

  46. Alexandra on March 12, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Ok, I will admit that Tracy was my favorite Zoomer, although I loved them all. I even went so far as to name a beloved pet after her. A little yellow duckling that I got one Easter. She grew into a beautiful and elegant white duck that lived long past her life expectancy.

  47. Myra Rocha on February 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS PHOTO. I WATCHED ZOOM IN THE EARLY 70’s. I LOVED EVERYONE, HOWEVER, I WAS MOSTLY FOUND OF NANCY. I LOVED THE MUSICAL SKIT “THE CAT CAME BACK” MY MOTHER CALLED NANCY “HER LITTLE GIRL” AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF NANCY AS MY BIG SISTER. :) OH– AND TRACY– YOU HAVEN’T CHANGED A BIT. YOU LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME :)

  48. Alexandra on February 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I am a Canadian who absolutely loved Zoom and watched it religiously each week on PBS Detroit.
    It is so nice to see that 40+ years later, you are all still looking fantastic!!!
    Thank you so much for posting, Tommy…what great memories this one photo conjured up for me!!!!

  49. Manuelita on January 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    OMG!!!! That’s my generation. My brothers and I grew up watching Zoom. Good memories of my childhood….

  50. Jill on December 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I just discovered and watched the old Zoom opening and closing songs on YouTube and remembered every word and every cast member, can’t believe it, I loved that show! Thanks for the memories :-)

  51. Stephanie on November 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I absolutely loved Zoom! So refreshing to see and know that you guys stay in contact with one another. While I liked all of the Zoomers,my favorite was Nancy. She was so talented. Would love to know what the original and second season cast are up to these days.

  52. Ray hernandez on October 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I’m emotional, I remembered luis(not in photo) and tracy then they all started coming back to me thanks for all the memories.

    • William powell on April 12, 2019 at 11:39 pm

      When i was a kid i loved watching Zoom….i fell in love with Nancy and all my life i wonder were she was…until i Google her and it was good to see her agin.

  53. Tom on October 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Loved the original show! Never could figure out how to speak in that “subby dubous” language thingy!

    • elsa on October 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      I loved this show and yes, was in love with Tommy, lol. Blessings to you all.

    • Robin on November 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Ubby Dubby!

    • Wendy on May 12, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Ubby Dubby! I wrote to the show and they sent me a postcard how to speak it. I can still speak it today!!

  54. Dean Micheli on August 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    What a sweet treat to come across this picture. I watched the show regularly and still have my collection of Zoom cards I sent away for.

  55. Margaret m on May 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Loved your show! And Fannee Doolee!

  56. nancy-jean cusanelli on December 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    i used to watch zoom with my son who is 43 now and it was such a fun informative show…thanks for the update

  57. Cara on October 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I wish I could see reruns of the show on TV to show my granddaughter. I loved the it! I never missed a show. Thank goodness for YouTube. Thank you!

  58. Woody Woodson on August 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

    It is such a wonderful thing to see all of the kids I grew up with on TV as happy adults who still brought smiles to my face.

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