October’s Featured Speaker: Mary Roberson, presents “The Real Winnie the Pooh”


Storyteller, Mary Roberson, is a retired Plano ISD Librarian. She has been a member of the Richland College Adjunct Faculty since 2004. Currently she is teaching American History online and is a lecturer in the Emeritus Program.

Since retiring from Plano ISD, Mary has had some amazing experiences while volunteering for disaster relief and for the National Park Service. She is probably the only person you will meet who has worked as part of a four person team to dismantle, move and reassemble a Civil War era mountain cannon. Mary was a “wheel person”.

She also helped write and acted in historical skits as part of the weekly living history programs at Fort Spokane, Washington. Her love of history and travel combine for wonderful adventures to historical sites. She has visited every state in the United States as well as many international destinations in five continents.

Mary is the mother of three grown sons, and Nana to 8 grandchildren  and 2 great grandchildren. 

686D0B7E-C784-4BF5-96D7-00318770E3A6Christopher Robin Milne, a very real little English boy, received a small stuffed bear on his first birthday in 1921. He named him Edward Bear and later renamed him Winnie-the-Pooh or just Pooh.

Following Pooh came other stuffed animals including Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger which Christopher loved and played with as best friends.

When he was still a child, Christopher’s father author A. A. Milne, decided to white a story about his son and his boyhood friends. Thus his son became the basis of the character Christopher Robin. Collaborating with artist, Ernest H. Shepard, and adding two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, they incorporated the characters in a bedtime story.

From that day on, Christopher and Pooh and their friends have had many fanciful adventures. The first story written was entitled, “Winnie-the-Pooh” and was published in 1926.  The numerous collection of stories have been adapted for theater, audio, radio, television, and film. They have now been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for more than 70 years.