Patch the Pony Says “Nay! Nay!” and Strangers “Stay, Stay Away”


In the early ‘80s this was a public awareness campaign (similar to the anti-drug DARE) that taught kids about the danger of strangers. The package included a filmstrip, textbooks, and little buttons of Patch that warned strangers to “stay, stay away,” or possibly to remind us when we were wearing them to stay away from strangers. And really, Patch looks cuddly, but if you’re a stranger, are you gonna mess with a red horse with a never-explained badass patch on his eye? He probably lost that eye fighting off strangers, or possibly a gang of evil unicorns. Here’s the full, original, 17-minute “sound filmstrip.”

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Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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