This morning I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show—what, are you that surprised I listen to NPR? Sheesh. Anyways, I was listening to Diane as she had an interesting topic—Sesame Street. Actually, Diane had on Michael Davis, the author of “Street Gang” which is about the history of Sesame Street. It was incredibly fascinating as I never knew what happened behind the show so this was great. The few audio flashbacks got me singing, especially C is for Cookie. A particular stand out was when Davis read a bit out of the book where he reenacted a scene with Big Bird who had to deal with Mr. Hooper’s death.
Yes. I was a Sesame Street watcher but I don’t remember it being a part of too much of my childhood as I watched it when I was really young—like 3 or 4. By the time I was five, I outgrew it. I can’t vouch for Sesame Street’s value in my education. I honestly don’t think that I learned my letters and numbers from that show. I don't learn topics when they are presented in that manner. I definitely know that School House Rock didn’t help me with anything. I could learn all the words to Conjunction Junction or Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here but I wouldn’t learn the lesson behind it. Tomorrow if you asked me what an adverb was, I probably would have forgotten. No, Sesame Street was entertainment for me. I did enjoy it though and I do remember interacting with the TV. That might explain why I still talk to my TV.
Now that I look back on it… my favorite characters were Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, and Snuffy. That explains a lot. Hmmm... So, what were your favorite characters?