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It’s been 40 years already?

Happy 40th birthday Sesame Street! It’s hard to believe, but today marks the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street! Over the past four decades, Sesame Street has been entertaining and educating children all across the world. The groundbreaking show, produced by the Children’s Television Workshop and a staple of public broadcasting, was years ahead of its time in promoting values that are now taken for granted in many places – accepting and appreciating diversity, not making assumptions based on gender, and being sensitive to cultural and economic differences, are all ideas the show emphasized before it was fashionable to do so. It was also innovative in incorporating jokes and references that only adults would appreciate, including pop music. A 3-year-old won’t realize that a song “Letter B” is a spoof of The Beatles. But parents did, and it kept them, and their kids watching. So what are your personal memories of the ‘Street?’ Did you watch the show? Did your children? Are you raising grandchildren on songs by such wonderful characters as the Count, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo? GO!

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