A thick shock of white hair and a real mustache have replaced the Dutch-boy wig and detachable walrus he wore as a 28-year-old actor when the show began.The Captain bounded up the stairs to Playspace, an indoor playground for children 6 and younger on upper Broadway, and posed for pictures surrounded by toys in a sandbox.The agency's position is that because it bought out Mr. Getting on television wasn't quite so difficult in 1955, when Mr.

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It's my life's work." But if necessary, he will move on, he said, and already has a new -- but still secret -- name in mind.

A top executive of International Creative Management, who would speak only on condition of anonymity because of ongoing negotiations, said that a new Captain Kangaroo show starring Mr.

"It's my characters, my voice, my philosophy," he said.

"I would much rather go the Captain route because my life is there.

He travels most of the year, testifying before Congress, appearing at benefits as the Captain, accepting honorary degrees, helping corporate child-care programs and lecturing on children's issues.

He is writing a series of books for Fairview Press that includes a "Family Fun Activity Book" published last August.

Seuss was still at home writing "The Cat in the Hat") and was broadcast each weekday morning until 1985, when CBS canceled it to make more room for its morning news program. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, the Dancing Bear and of course the wonderful Mr.