Tuesday, November 17, 2009

40 Years on Sesame Street

On Nov. 10, 1969, Sesame Street premiered on public television, changing children's television forever.
I guess we all have fond memories of Sesame Street.

Sesame Street came along just in time for my nephew Nolen to learn "which one of these things belong together", his ABC's, and all the other life lessons taught on the most famous and colorful neighborhood in the world.
Nolen is 36 now and Sesame Street is 40. Both hard to believe. OMG!

I admit it. I along with my mom watched Sesame Street before Nolen was born. We loved the Count and Roosevelt Franklin and even the mean Oscar the Grouch.

Nolen had a terrific crush on Susan, one of the non-muppet Sesame Street residents. Marshall Field's here in Chicago, had a Sesame Street show in the downtown loop store, featuring Susan. My sister and I took 3 year old Nolen. More than 100 kids sat on the floor in front of the stage with the parents seated in the back edges of the kids circle. At one point while Susan sang Nolen stood up and began making his way to the stage. OMG! Out of more than 100 kids, why us? We waved and motioned for him to sit down but he simply waved back and continued on to the stage. My sister whispered to me "go get him", I said "no way, you go get him!" Susan waved us back and went to meet him and held his hand on stage for the rest of the song. Nolen's eyes were so sweet and big to see Susan in person and he seemed oblivious to being on stage. He got a big kiss from Susan.

Who are your favorites or your kids favorites? Maria, Mr. Hooper, Bob, Cookie Monster, Gordon, Elmo, Luis, Ernie or Bert? Personally, my favorites are the childlike know-it-all Elmo and the wannabe super-hero Grover. Shut up.

First Lady Michelle Obama teaches Sesame Street Muppets how to plant vegetables for the first episode of the show's 40th-anniversary season, which aired November 10, 2009.

Sesame Street's 40th season aims to educate children about the wonders of the
natural world and teach them about concepts such as habitats, hibernation, and migration.
Here are some other favorites.
Remember Susan's hubby Gordon (Roscoe Orman) who also played a pimp on All My Children? His sister Olivia played by Alaina Reed also portrayed Rose Halloway on 227.

Through Mr. Hooper, kids learned about Jewish traditions and customs. When actor Will Lee died, it was decided to allow the beloved Sesame Street store owner to pass away too. It was a first for TV in teaching children about death and grieving.

Kermit was the star of Sesame Street and the Muppets.

Oscar tried to exemplify the hard NYC attitude. He succeeded and then some.

Sunny day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street....


Dustin said...

Great post. I loved Sesame Street as a child. My favorite was probably Big bird and I loved Gordon, Maria and Bob. They always seemed so cool.

This is my all time favorite Sesame Street clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk7mkIAMc7s

Chris said...

Don't know my daughters favs, as I think she liked it all....at least twice a day! The thing I liked was that it was great for adults too....may things/humor went over the heads of the children and appealed to us! There will never be anything like it!

Anonymous said...

I grew up on Sesame Street as well as Electric Company in the 80's...I guess my favorite character if I had to name one: Elmo...and my favorite clip, well one of my favorites is the 12345 song!

Jackie said...

Dustin, thanks for john John! I love that one two.

Chris, I can't belive how entertained that show was for adults too.

Anon, my nephew and I still love Elmo on Elmo's World. Haha that's right baby.

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