Cherry Saturday, November 10, 2018

Today is Sesame Street Day, a celebration of the kid’s show that debuted on November 10 in 1969.  If you’re not singing, “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street” right now, you’re Oscar the Grouch.  My fave?  The Count, the guy I think of whenever I have to count something.

One, one manuscript to finish.

And then there’s the music.  This one shows up in my brain every time I find something doesn’t fit.  Like my phone in the refrigerator.

And then, of course, there’s this:

Amazing show.  It’ll be fifty years old next year.  I’m stocking up on cookies now.  (COOKIES!)

50 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, November 10, 2018

  1. The Sesame Street Book & Record (featuring both of the songs you mentioned above, but mainly acquired for the sake of “Rubber Duckie,” which was a huge radio hit at the time) was the first LP I ever bought with my very own money – even before my cherished Partridge Family albums!

    I was already in school by the time Sesame Street debuted, so I was more of a Captain Kangaroo kid, but even so, when the hubby and I are cooking up one of our favorite meals and counting the ingredients as they go in, we punctuate with the Count’s “Ah ah ah!”

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    1. My comment is awaiting moderation. Well, it can jolly well wait as long as it wants to, but from me it’s only ever going to get wretched excess.

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    2. I was a Captain Kangaroo kid, too. But Mollie was Sesame Street, so this stuff is burned in my brain. I think the Count is in there permanently.

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    3. Totally with you on the Partridge Family albums, Linda. I too collected them and still play their Christmas album when I make my Christmas chocolates & cookies & such. For me it’s not Christmas without that album:) Hubby got me a digital version as well so it gets a lot of play!

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    1. I wasn’t sure that Sesame Street was international, and I remember my confusion when Life on Mars did the take off on Camberwick Green, which I had never heard of. Once I googled (and found out what a “nonce” was), it was hysterical.

      Sam Tyler: “I’m going to say this once and once only, Gene. Stay out of Camberwick Green!”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piE-VEubGr4

      I love that show.

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    1. And the thunder and lightning. I’d love it if every time I finished something, there was thunder and lightning.

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      1. Picture me doing boiler chemistry at work, testing for hardness: “One, ONE drop of buffer solution. Two, TWO drops of buffer solution, ah-ah-ah.” Up to five drops, then repeat for titrant solution until a blue endpoint.

        I had a coworker rolling on the floor. IF ONLY I could have cued the lightning and thunder!

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  2. We regularly sing, “And the sign/it says/don’t walk,” from the song about a wedding doomed by the groom being on the wrong side of the street.

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  3. I grew up with Sesame Street and so did my stepdaughter. I loved that show. It is just possible that I have been known to sing “rubber ducky” in the shower. (And I have 3 in there. Although one is a rubber catty and one is a weird alien.) My sisters and I used to do the Burt and Ernie “I one the sandbox, I two the sandbox…I eight the sandbox… You ATE the sandbox?” routine all the time. Cracked us up every single time.

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  4. I remember Sesame Street as one of the few shows I could watch in English at the time, might have been a Dutch channel that our TV antenna picked up now and then. Of course they did have a German version later, but by then I was too old for that.

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  5. Count me in the celebration. As a kid, still remember the guy trying to carry the stack of pies down the stairs and so many iconic moments. Think this came on right before or around Bobino.

    Then as a grownup, the show was part of my life when I worked with preschoolers and as a parent. We even had the Fisher Price Sesame Street house with all the little characters, and not just main ones but folks like Mister Hooper & Maria, too. And loved that Big Bird came with his own nest. Think we still have some of these toys tucked away.

    And of course, there are all the songs, stuck in my head like the Saturday morning “conjunction junction what’s your function” type stuff.

    Such fun. Thanks for the reminder:)

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  6. I remember when Mr Snuffleupigus moved to Sesame Street!

    Also, did you know that Sesame Street has a Northern Irish edition? It’s called Sesame Tree, and it was on when my daughter was younger, and filmed in a park in Belfast that my FIL would take her to regularly.

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  7. It was a staple of my childhood in NZ, although most of our kids tv was from the UK or locally produced.

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  8. There was no television in Tasmania when I was a kid, but we did have radio and a brilliant children’s program called the Argonauts. The main presenter was Jason, of course, and all the other presenters had Greek names that related to their particular section of the program. Kids sent in drawings, poems, etc, and there was a hilarious serial called “The Muddleheaded Wombat”.

    Even today, a surprising number of people my age can remember their Argonaut name. I was Cambyses 4.

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    1. That sounds really advanced, Lian. All I can remember on the radio is ‘Listen with Mother’: ‘Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin . . .’ TV had, imaginatively, ‘Watch with Mother’: Andy Pandy, The Woodentops, Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men. Nothing touching on Greek myth down our way.

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      1. It was on the ABC, so many good creative minds getting together to come up with something both educational and very enjoyable. It ran Australia wide for years.

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  9. I once ran a Capitol Hill event (on kids with parents in prison) for Sesame Street with Cookie Monster, where we served cookies. I have a pic to prove it. All the Hill staff brought their kids for the photo op. I’m not sure any of them listened to what we had to say.

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  10. I predate Sesame Street so I’m Romper Room & Captain Kangaroo – but I did a lot of babysitting in high school so I know a lot of the early shows.

    I like Oscar. I’m an Oscar kind of girl.

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    1. I was telling someone about Romper Room not to long ago. He is my age but had never heard of it. I loved that show.

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  11. I saw the first episode of Sesame Street. I was five. I usually watched another show at that time about a woman who was always pulling something out of her big pockets. But that day Sesame Street came on instead. I was sad, but my mom said, “Oh I read about this show; it’s supposed to be good.” And I loved it.

    These clips take me back. 🙂

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  12. I was too old for Sesame Street when it started, but I’ve had great fun watching it with my nieces and other kids while babysitting. And thanks to today’s links to You Tube, I’ve been able to watch other great clips that I hadn’t originally seen. Thanks to this celebration, I now know why my sister sings, “Fuzzy and Blue” every time she cleans out her refrigerator.

    I think I was in 8th grade when The Electric Company came on. My friends and I watched it after we got home from school and quoted it back to each other over the lunch table. And every few pages in the blank book we passed around someone would write, “And What About Naomi?????”

    Childrens’ Television Workshop has certainly brought a lot of joy into the world!

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  13. We lived in the Cascade Mountains and had limited access to anything. Other than a local children’s show out of Seattle that has some woman clown singing ” Wanda, Wanda is my name, boys and girls I’m glad you came “.. and something else which thankfully I cannot remember. OH and the Stan Boresen Show with his dachshund Slo-Mo. Stan was Swedish and, at least on his show, spoke English with a heavy accent. He was funny and I loved him as a child. My husband who is a few years older than I does an incredibly funny imitation of some program sponsored by Buster Brown shoes he remembers where Andy Devine came out and said ” Pluck your magic twanger Froggie”and Froggie said “Hi ya Kids. Hiya Hiya.” Of course, it is funnier because my husband is really a reserved quiet kind of guy but he does a really bizarre imitation.

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    1. There is nothing like being at a party where there is perhaps more alcohol than good sense and some guy says “Pluck your magic Twanger Froggie. Hiya, kids, Hiya, Hiya” and I don’t even want to think what the subtext of this is saying…

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  14. It was on in the UK and I remember big bird and the occasional famous actor turning up singing songs.

    When I was growing up the UK had Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, they did a lot of children’s TV, Bagpuss, Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Tottie I loved Tottie

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  15. I’m from the Howdy Doody, Cap’t Kangaroo, Pinky Lee , Mickey Mouse Club, Roy and Dale, Saturday morning extravaganza of cartoons (Buster Brown included) etc. and “go out and play till dinner” generation. When those days went by (grown up and married) and only Mr. Rogers was left my boys embraced Sesame Street, except when my youngest was about three he would come running into the kitchen frightened of the Snuffleupagus and I would have to sooth him and tell him he was an OK character.

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  16. I loved Sesame street. Because my Dad did theater and puppets, I knew how it all worked. I just didn’t care when I was little and was impressed when I got older. That stuff is hard!
    I remember a presentation Dad went to where they talked about how hard it was to cast the kids. They had to be young enough to completely see past the operator and only see the puppet or old enough to recognize the operator has another actor. Occasionally kids would come in and completely melt down or freak out, the first time they saw the human behind the puppet.
    I read recently that the original Big Bird operator is finally retiring. He has been doing just the voice over work for a few years but the 50th anniversary will be his last show. I don’t know if any of the original operators are still there but there can’t be many if so. I felt a bit like it was the end of an era or a bit of my childhood.

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  17. I love Sesame Street, and still watch it regularly as I look for ideas to teach children. The songs were great. I can play “Ladybugs’ Picnic” on the ukulele (and my favorite line is “They talked about the high price of furniture and rugs, and fire insurance for ladybugs.”) And the disco funk of the Pinball Numbers series! Oh, talk about sound and vision! So psychedelic!

    And then there’s the Martians. (Yip-yip-yip-yip-yip.) I think my favorite was when they discovered the telephone and tried to talk to it.

    So much genius there!

    We had it in Japan for quite awhile, but then someone decided to monetize it — made it all Japanese, and added a lot of Japan-made material, which left little room for some of the classics. Then it went off the air, and I think you can only get DVDs of it. Elmo is still hugely popular, but as a symbol, not as character with his own agenda.

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