An article about the reasons why it's not the same as it used to be. By Celeste.
I can say that as a child growing up in the late 1970s and 1980s came with a lot of perks. Case in point: Sesame Street which was created by the true "Master of Puppets" Jim Henson. Nobody had a way of relating to children like Jim Henson did. Both the Canadian and American versions of Sesame Street had the same formula to reach children.
All of the characters were there. Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Grover, Harry, The Count Von Count. Let's not forget about the human characters Susan, Gordon, Luis, Maria, Olivia, David, Bob, Linda, Mr Hooper.
I think that when it comes down to it Sesame Street was just an all around fantastic children's show with characters that kids could relate to. Learning numbers and letters and counting. Donnie Bo, created by Bob Luckey, taught kids the Toucan Two-Step. As well, the Typewriter Guy, another Bob Luckey original, taught kids how to spell using simple 3 letter words.
Elmo wasn't a main player until Kevin Clash took over and even then nobody really knew who Elmo was except for this large monster in a "Me" skit of sometime in the 1980s
Deaths In The Sesame Street Family
Will Lee 08/06/1908-12/07/1982
This was a stunner to me being a child of about 6 or 7 years old. Will Lee's role on Sesame Street as shop keeper Mr Hooper will never be forgotten as long as I live.
Mr Hooper was one of my favourite characters. The most lovable and noteworthy person. I'll never forget the day that Maria and Susan had to tell Big Bird that Mr Hooper was gone and he would never come back.
Will Lee died of a heartattack on December 12, 1982 at the age of 74.
Northern Callaway: 01/22/1948-01/09/1990.
Played David Robinson from 1972 until 1989. He surccumbed to stomach cancer on January 9, 1990 at the age of 42. No mention of Northern Calloway's death was ever noted on Sesame Street.
Matt Robinson: 01/01/1937-08/05/2002.
The original Gordon Robinson from 1969-1972 died of complications of Parkinson's disease at the age of 65. I never knew that there were two Gordon Robinsons on Sesame Street but apparently it was true.
His daughter actress Holly Robinson Peete founded the HollyRod Foundation with her husband Rodney Peete to help people who have been afflicted with Parkinson's Disease.
Michael Jeter: 08/25/1952-03/30/2003
Michael Jeter was probably best known for his role as Herman Stiles on Evening Shade but kids today know Michael as the lovable, but dimwitted, Mr Noodle in the Elmo's World skits on Sesame Street.
Michael Jeter revealed his H.I.V. status to Enertainment Tonight before any of the tabloids got to it.
He died at the age of 50.
The Day Sesame Street Deteriorated
Jim Henson died on May 16, 1990 of a rare bacterial infection and with it a little piece of my childhood died too but I can also say that this was the occaision when Sesame Street really started to deteriorate. It was the end of Sesame Street as I knew it and as most of the children of my generation knew it and the begining of something that went horribly awry.
After Jim Henson died the Children's Television Workshop, renamed Sesame Workshop, cobbled together clips from previous shows. Clips such as the counting skits, The Song of 10, and other counting, reading, and writing skits as well as skits with Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Mr Sufflupagus, Oscar the Grouch, Telly Monster etal.
Even the kids have changed over the past 30 some odd years that Sesame Street has been on the air. John John, who looked to be about 2 or 3 years old in his skit with Cookie Monster, is probably close to 35 or 40 years old by now and he must have a real job by now.
Yes Sesame Street, as I knew it, is dead and gone and now what kids now have to look forward to is, what must be, the longest running clip show in history. Let's just face it folks. Without Jim Henson Sesame Street is about 1 1/10 of the show that it used to be.
I couldn't agree with you more, although I was more of a Muppets fan rather than a Seasame Street... [Big Bird scared me, but I loved the cookie monster...] But I'm only an 80's kid by 10 days, so obviously can't give a good opinion of it.
Friend Jim was an extraordinary artist and visionary, invented unique worlds and characters that remain just as vivid, original and fresh today as when they were created. A television pioneer, an innovator in puppetry, technology and visual arts, and a performer who literally brought to life some of the most memorable characters ever—including the world’s most famous frog,