Fifty Years Young

Submitted by ub on Sat, 11/09/2019 - 06:04

It may be hard to believe but this weekend's special celebration on cable TV is to mark half a century since "Sesame Street" aired its first episode on PBS and broadcast back on November 10, 1969.

Hold on to your feathers Sesame Street is 50. Sesame Street changed the face of children's television forever with a groundbreaking educational program that brought people and puppets together. In its 50th season, Sesame Street continues to innovate and educate, encouraging children to explore the natural world through scientific exploration. Throughout the years, fans have enjoyed appearances from celebrities including Michelle Obama, Cameron Diaz, Jimmy Fallon, Debra Messing, and too many others to list.

While the program was celebrating its 13 anniversary, I wrote and produced a feature story for NBC about the program’s success that it was finally becoming self-sufficient. LISTEN… This is a compilation reel of my radio work, but if you do not wish to hear to the entire presentation here, simply go to 11 Minutes: 03 Seconds

Following the segment airing on #NBC, I was contacted by #CTW and invited back. When I returned with my young daughters, and they were treated royally. After their tour, I was offered a #SesameStreet spandex jacket, which I refused because of payola rules. When the producer insisted, I asked for the value and wound up writing a check for $70 to cover the cost. While I was leaving with my mesmerized daughters, Natasha and Sabrina while proudly wearing my new jacket, the producer loudly called out my name and when I turned around, she ripped up that check.

This landmark educational children's series introduced the world to Muppet characters, including Big Bird, Ernie, and Oscar the Grouch. "Sesame" celebrates the milestone with "Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration" on HBO, now it's home since 2015. It was hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the celebrity- and music-filled event feature appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Sterling K. Brown and Patti LaBelle and many others.

Watch the trailer and find out more about Sesame Street's 50th Season on Emmy® Award Winning Shows. Critically Acclaimed Docs. Commercial Free. New Movies Every Week. Shows: Esme & Roy, Classical Baby, Sesame Street favorites…

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