Tuesday November 10, 2020 Smile for the Day: Sesame Street
On today’s date in history, “Sesame Street” was launched in 1969 starring Jim Henson’s characters such as Kermit the Frog, the Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch. By Sesame Street’s 40th anniversary in 2009, it was broadcast in more than 140 countries. As of 2018, Sesame Street has won 189 Emmy Awards and 11 Grammy Awards, more than any other children’s show. Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, owned the trademarks to those characters, and was reluctant to market them at first. He agreed when the CTW [Children’s Television Workshop – the producer of Sesame Street] promised that the profits from toys, books, computer games, and other products were to be used exclusively to fund the CTW and its outreach efforts.
First, a Story:
The Muppets teamed up with NASA to name a newly discovered celestial object.
Upon its first sighting, the Jim Henson Company issued a press release, “Comet Defrog here.”
Second, a Song:
Who could resist the musical talents of Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog? Here we have this musical duo performing a John Prine song, “In Spite of Ourselves”. Well, the words have been changed just a wee bit from the Iris Dement and John Prine version we featured a little while back.
Thought for the Day:
“So, I’m on ‘Sesame Street,’ walking around with all these monsters, Elmo and his buddies, a whole bunch of chickens, a whole bunch of penguins and a number four dancing about. It was just pure joy, simple, ridiculous fun, stupid joy. There’s no irony. ‘Sesame Street’ is just a crazy great place to be.” – Feist
Have a great day!
© 2020 David J. Bilinsky and Colleen E. Bilinsky