Celebrate Sesame Street Day!
Chances are, you’ve heard of a show called Sesame Street. One of the longest running children’s programs, Sesame Street broadcasts in more than 140 countries and has won 100+ Emmy Awards since its debut in 1969. In honor of Sesame Street Day (the first episode premiered 42 years ago today!), let’s take a look at BW’s top five Sesame Street characters and their stories.
1. Big Bird
Standing at 8’2, the iconic Big Bird is Sesame Street. Sweet and inquisitive, Big Bird encourages children to learn by asking questions and to make friends by being themselves. He has appeared in several feature-length films, including a personal favorite, Follow That Bird. BW’s favorite aspect of Big Bird is his elaborate suit of feathers – over 4,000 grade A & B dyed turkey feathers, hand glued and replaced every two weeks.
2. Count von Count
Responsible for reinforcing the basic arithmetic skills of millions of children, The Count is one of the most recognizable characters on Sesame Street. He adds up everything he encounters, including bats, snowflakes, and fellow muppet friends. While he sports fangs, a cape, and a similar accent to Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, The Count has never been confirmed as a vampire. As far as we’re concerned, the Count is just a friendly arithmomaniac with a slightly menacing laugh.
The more sensible half of the Bert & Ernie duo, Bert enjoys the simple things in life, namely eating oatmeal, watching pigeons, and collecting office supplies. As Bert does not seem to have any type of gainful employment, his days are filled mostly by reading (about pigeons) and trying to talk roommate Ernie out of his crazy schemes.
Once thought imaginary, Aloysius Snuffleupagus is the cabbage-loving best friend of Big Bird. Mammoth and lumbering, Snuffy and his wooly relatives have numerous adventures with Sesame Street’s inhabitants. Initially only children and other muppets could see Snuffleupagus (grown-ups did not believe Big Bird when he told them about the existence of the Snuffleupagus), but in 1985 Snuffy became real when writers worried that the adults’ skepticism would discourage children from sharing serious issues with their parents.
5. Slimey the Worm
BW’s favorite character on Sesame Street (and the one he most relates to) is Slimey the Worm. Slimey is Oscar the Grouch’s pet & best friend. He loves reading, listening to bedtime stories (especially Trash Gordon), and traveling in space as an astronaut for the wormship Wiggleprise.
Who is your favorite Sesame Street character/human/skit/memory?
— Kate (and BW)