Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Happy Birthday Sesame Street!

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Do you watch Sesame street? Do you like it? Did you know that it has celebrated its' 40 years of telecast? That means that even your mom/dad used to watch it when they were as young as you are…..

The show was first premiered on 10th November 1969. The "Big Bird" was its biggest star and it still is.
Caroll Spinney has been playing the giant flightless emus from the very start.

Ever wondered how he manages to perform in the show underneath the feathered yellow body suit? Well, after he wriggles into his suit, he adjusts the tiny television monitor harnessed to his chest that lets him see the outside world. When he recites Big Birds's droll one-liners, he uses his hands to support the head and animate the mouth and eyes.

The characters were created by Jim Henson, who died in 1990 at the age of 53. He and so many other producers pioneered a strategy to harness the power of television to help underprivileged children.

Supported by generous donations and a non-profit organization, the mission continues, reaching out now to middle-income kids, too. A recent study found that teens who watched "Sesame Street" in pre-school had higher grades than those who did not. New York City once honored the show by temporarily naming a street Sesame Street, and has designated November 9th Sesame Street day.

And the show is still going strong.

Last season, "Sesame Street" averaged more than 5 million viewers each week.


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