I was a fan before they made it big

I just wanted to share with you all that today is the anniversary of the first-ever airing of Sesame Street, which occurred on November 10, 1969.

My mother emailed me this morning to remind me. “You and I were there!” my mother added. I am perhaps aging myself unnecessarily when I share this bit of information with you. Still, it does seem momentous somehow.

I LOVED Sesame Street, never missed an episode, and my mother credits it with teaching me how to read, since I just sort of started doing it one day, and she was not a freakazoid with the flash cards or anything.

Thirty-nine years later, it is probably forty-fifth on my kids’ list of shows they would like to watch. I mean, they’ll watch ANYTHING, but when I include Sesame Street as an option, it almost never gets picked.

And I can hardly blame them. Today’s Sesame Street is nothing like the hip, edgy, funny, catchy show of my youth. Now it’s all Abby Cadabby and Elmo’s World. I mean it’s not as bad as Caillou. But it’s close.

So I REALLY feel old when I say this, but I remember when Sesame Street was cool. And I think, in these trying economic times, PBS might make their dollars go a little further by just airing the old ones. At least I’d be watching.

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Juggling Act November 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm

What a great show Sesame Street was. I love the old snippets, but I can’t say the new episodes get any time in our house either. Ever read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point? There’s a neat discussion of Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues in there.

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Roxane B. Salonen November 13, 2008 at 5:36 am

I just discovered your blog and watched some of your show excerpts. Truly hilarious — what a gift to the world of mothering.

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ALM November 17, 2008 at 3:41 am

I know — I love the old Sesame Street!!

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Amy November 18, 2008 at 9:35 pm

My mother wanted me to point out, on her behalf, that I was an INFANT upon the premiering of Sesame Street, so although I’m at least as old as the show, I am NOT VERY MUCH OLDER. And that is some comfort.

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