I watched a little of last night's Daytime Emmy awards. And I cried. Yep, I cried. No, not because Sonny (Maurice Bernard) was not nominated for best actor therefore not allowing me a glimpse of him all gussied up. I cried for Sesame Street. In the category for "Best Performer in A Children's Series" there was a tie. The winners? Caroll Spinney for his creation OSCAR the GROUCH, he also created and does the voice for BIG BIRD. He's an older, grey haired man who is just soooo sweet looking. And he had Oscar with him!! The other winner is the ever popular Kevin Clash, the creator of ELMO!! Of course, he's won lots of Emmy's and is very talented.
The thing is, I have a huge soft spot for Sesame Street. That was the show that I was obsessed with when I was a little girl. I just loved that show so much. And, truth be told, I still do. If I can find it on tv, you better believe that I will watch it. It beats crappy ole insane Barney any day. For real. I loved all the puppets but, I really loved Prairie Dawn (don't think she's around anymore) and Grover (another one who isn't the most popular anymore). And Big Bird. And Mr Snuffleupagus. I loved Mr Snuffleupagus!! I liked the real people on the "street" and the songs. I learned spanish (way before Dora) and how to spell. This show was always "brought to you by" a letter- and OH MY GOODNESS wouldd it just make my day when "Sesame Street has been brought to you by the letter K". YAY :)
My mom got the Sesame Street books. I had Sesame Street games. I just really ate it all up. It instantly brings me back to my childhood. I think it's brilliant and sweet and like a big huge warm hug. I watch other kiddie shows today and some of them are PATHETIC in comparison. I like some of them- the Wonder Pets are adorable! The little chick is too cute. I love the way she talks (he/she?). But, these kids are missing out while watching crap like Spongebob Squarepants when I had Sesame Street. So, last night when I saw the talented creators of the show and characters that I love so much, that played such a huge role in my fabulous childhood, I was so happy. It was so deserved.
Facts about Sesame Street:
*SS 1st aired on November 10, 1969
*The 1st show was sponsored by the letters W, S, E and the numbers 2 and 3.
*Oscar the Grouch started out orange
*Bert and Ernie were created to teach logic and basic reasoning
*K has sponsored the show more than 120 times
*Big Bird was written to be a 6-year-old
*Mr Snuffleupagus is written to be a 4-year-old
*Count von Count scared the hell out of me
*Elmo was created because a "toddler" monster was needed. He is a 3-year-old. He first appeared in 1079 but, his identity and popularity surged when Kevin Clash started performing with him in 1984.
"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?, Come and Play everything's a-okay, Friendly neighbors there that's where we meet, Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?"
"You've never seen a street like Sesame Street. Everything happens here. You're gonna love it." -Gordon's first lines on the first show