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article imageSesame Street turns 1,2,3...45 years-old after 4,300 shows

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 13, 2014 in Entertainment
Don't look now but Sesame Street turned 45 on Monday and is still going...or rather singing, dancing, counting and grumping strong. The show's producers say it is now reaching about 150 countries worldwide. Did it reach your childhood?
Sesame Street: Most Emmy awards
Of course it did. It came along in 1969 so anyone parenting then or since, or anyone who grew up the or since, knows Sesame Street. It's ground-breaking programing full of Muppet puppets — Bert and Ernie, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (the cutest puppet of all, Elmo, didn't come along until 1984) — and it is aimed directly at small children.
There were critics who didn't think it would work but those 45-years and more Emmy awards (108) than any other TV show later, it is flourishing.
You will remember these words:
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
The Quirky World of Sesame Street
It is not likely that series creator Jim Henson thought his adorable Muppets would last as long as they did - over 4,300 shows to date. Along the way a lot of unique and fun things have gone down and we'll provide some of them here:
- Cookie Monster actually eats rice cakes and before his addiction to cookies began, as a song sung early in the show's run said, his name was Sid.
- Barrel voiced actor James Earl Jones was the first celebrity guest and he recited the alphabet with the voice he later used for Darth Vader.
- Mr Snuffleupagus was Big Bird's imaginary friend only, or so the other characters thought; he proved his existence and made his first real appearance in 1985.
- to date about 75 puppeteers have worked the show.
- a 'Bert and Ernie are gay' rumor went about years ago and some urged the producers to out them. Instead they got the following statement from the show's brass: Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach pre-schoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. They remain puppets and do not have a sexual orientation.
- Over those 45 years other celebrity guests include (this shall be less than 5 percent but still a very long list): Maya Angelou, Lauren Bacall, Jack Black, David Beckham, Beyonce, Garth Brooks, Barbara Bush (let's get out of the b's), John Candy, Ray Charles, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Cameron Diaz, Bo Diddley, Jodie Foster, Johnny Galecki, Ice-T, Michael Jackson, B.B. King, Jay Leno, Anne Murray, Ralph Nader, One Direction, The Pointer Sisters, Michelle Obama, Smokey Robinson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Martin Short, Ben Stiller, Lily Tomlin, Usher, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams.
All of those Muppet puppets, all of those puppeteers, all of those celebrity guests — and you.
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