COUNTING: For some reason, I never learned to count beyond twelve.
EAT RIGHT: Is it a coincidence that childhood obesity has become a national epidemic in the Sesame Street era? Cookie Monster is obviously a bad influence, but do you remember that baker who always fell while trying to carry pies down a flight of stairs? I’m no psychologist, but what this taught me is that if you don’t eat all the pie, someone’s getting hurt.
LOVE: I didn’t even know love existed as a child thanks to Sesame Street. A friend pointed out that Sesame Street was coming into it’s own while America was in the throws of passion with the “free love” of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Ironically, the only reason we were plopped down in front of the show was to keep us busy while our parents kept busy with God knows who. Yet for the most part, Sesame Street failed to depict love in any meaningful way. In fact, any efforts at romance were ultimately squelched. Take, for instance, the restaurant bit where a potential couple would be sitting at a table getting to know each other, only to have Grover ruin any chance for romance by constantly interrupting and getting their orders wrong.
Funny enough, Gordon and Susan were married, yet the role of Gordon was played by three different actors who barely resembled each other. What was Susan UP to? I would have asked Mom and Dad if their bedroom door hadn’t been locked.
Roscoe Orman as Gordon (1974-present)
Hal Miller as Gordon (1972-1974)
Matt Robinson as Gordon (1969-1972)
THE WORKPLACE: Mr. Hooper was able to work in that general store until the day he died. Sesame Street did very little to prepare us for corporate downsizing, budget cuts and furlough. That being said, I suppose the folks over at PBS could make the argument that we don’t really know the back story of how Oscar ended up living in a trash can. I guess the severance ran out.
Happy Birthday, Sesame Street.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was the first celebrity guest to appear on Sesame Street?
ANSWER: James Earl Jones.