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‘Sesame Street’ Turns 40

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Posted on Nov 10, 2009
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On Tuesday, producers and fans of “Sesame Street” marked the 40th birthday of the super-popular children’s program—the most researched show in TV history—in New York City. Big Bird and friends were on hand for the festivities, of course.  --KA

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By brewerstroupe, November 11, 2009 at 12:40 am Link to this comment

I had the great pleasure of meeting Carrol Spinney the day he arrived for a NZ vacation. I was playing a Sunday afternoon gig in the hotel Carrol and his wife checked in to. He came up after the show and thanked us for the music and became instant friends. For the next two weeks we hung out and dined together almost every night to the great delight of my then 10 year old daughter. Truly a great talent (his original career was as an illustrator) and a fine gentleman.

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By Smudge Martens, November 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment
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Neil Postman (and his mentor Marshall McLuhan) has warned us for decades that TV is especially dangerous when it endeavors to embrace serious topics – PBS wants us to believe that watching a two hour special on global climate change, health care or Iran provides a sufficient platform on which to anchor an opinion. Sesame Street is perhaps the worst offender – reinforcing that anything worth learning must be entertaining and provide immediate gratification.

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