Writer and maker who was simply the inventor of Barney & Close friends, the iconic PBS children’s display. She first created the idea of Barney with Kathy Parker in 1987. She published and produced the house video series Barney as well as the Yard Gang, which resulted in the Barney Television series. She was influenced to produce Barney by her child son’s desire for dinosaurs. She was the inventor from the 1989 brief Three Desires, which starred Sandy Duncan .