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When Will Lee died, the production staff decided not to cast another actor as neighborhood grocer Mr. Harold Hooper. Instead, they wrote a special episode dealing with the loss of a loved one ("Goodbye, Mr. Hooper"). When the other cast members talk to Big Bird about the death of loved ones, some are visibly near tears. A child psychologist was brought in to help the writers. The episode announcing Mr. Hooper's death was scheduled for a public holiday, and was publicized in many newspapers so parents could be prepared to answer their children's questions. They were very careful not to say that Mr. Hooper died in a hospital, to avoid making children fear going to the hospital. In polls, fans have consistently voted this episode as the most moving and memorable.
In 2004, Cookie Monster revealed that, before trying cookies for the first time, his name was Sid.
The Count was born on 9 October 1,830,653 B.C.
Big Bird is 8'2" tall.
The left-side door in the front of 123 Sesame Street has never been opened.
Ernie wears horizontal stripes on his sweater to make him appear more relaxed; and Bert wears vertical stripes on his sweater to make him appear more uptight.
Linda (Linda Bove) was the first deaf regular character on American television.
Big Bird's teddy bear is named "Radar" after the character from M*A*S*H (1972) who always slept with a teddy bear.
To answer the immortal question, here is how to get to Sesame Street: Take the "R" or "V" train to Steinway Street. Stay on back of train. Walk west on 34th Avenue, three blocks to 36th Street. Turn left on 36th Street. The entrance to Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens is mid-block (between 34th & 35th Avenues).
Gordon never had a last name until 1991 when he became a teacher. Since it would have been inappropriate for students to call him by his first name, Roscoe Orman suggested his last name should be Robinson, after Matt Robinson, the first actor to play Gordon in the show.
The character of Oscar the Grouch was inspired by two people. His attitude comes from a nasty waiter that served Jim Henson and former director Jon Stone at a restaurant called Oscar's Tavern in Manhattan. The voice was inspired by a cab-driver that used to drive Caroll Spinney to the set every day during the first season.
It was decided to allow others besides Big Bird to see Snuffleupagus due to the "Children should be seen, heard and believed" campaign where, if a child were to report something, particularly criminal abuse of their bodies, then adults would believe them.
For unstated reasons, producers have frequently denied permission for the show to be inducted into The American Television Academy Hall of Fame.
As of 2005, this program has won over 100 Emmy Awards, the single-most awarded to any television show in the United States.
It has been generally believed that Bert and Ernie were named after the police officer and taxi cab driver in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). However, series writer Jon Stone denied this, maintaining that it was only a coincidence. He commented that he and Jim Henson were studying the prototype puppets and decided that one looked like an Ernie and the other looked like a Bert.
Possibly the only topic that has never been dealt with on the show is divorce. The producers tried in 1991 with an episode titled "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce". In the episode, Snuffy's parents are shown arguing and his sister, Alice, is shown reacting by hitting her teddy bear. The script was reviewed by child psychologists who suggested an emphasis on telling children that if their parents get divorced, their parents will still love them and the divorce is not their fault. The episode was tested on children in daycare centers. But the children came away with those same negative messages. The episode was never aired. In another 1991 episode, Kermit the Frog interviews a bird who sings about how her parents still love her even though they no longer live together though it is not directly stated that her parents are divorced.
Originally designed for inner-city children to help them formulate phrases in standard English.
Because of changing social mores, "old school" DVD collections come with a warning that they are intended for adults, not children.
In 1990, songwriter Christopher Cerf told radio interviewer Terry Gross that the show was sued for $5.5 million over the song "Letter B," a parody of The Beatles' song "Let It Be." The plaintiff was Michael Jackson's music library, which had bought the Beatles catalog. The Beatles, who no longer owned the rights to the original song, wrote a statement to the court supporting Sesame Street. The case was settled for $500.
Rosita originally appeared on Plaza Sésamo (1972), the Mexican version of Sesame Street (1969). When she joined the cast of the original American version, she became first regular bilingual Muppet on Sesame Street.
Some classic Muppets have been canned for interesting reasons. Don Music, the piano player who would bang his head against the piano in frustration, was discontinued when kids at home started doing the same thing. Harvey Kneeslapper's signature laugh was too much of a strain on Frank Oz's vocal cords. Roosevelt Franklin was considered a negative cultural stereotype; he was the only African American Muppet at the time, and was mostly seen in detention after school. Professor Hastings, a teacher whose lectures were so dull that he'd fall asleep while he was giving them, was discontinued because he was too dull. Some of these segments continued to air on the Canadian version for some time after they were removed from the US show.
According to "The Guinness Book of World Records 2004," the show, which has been shown in 180 countries, holds the record for Most Popular Children's Educational Program.
The shoe size of Snuffy Snuffleupagus was 65 GGG
Originally, producers intended to keep the Muppets and the human actors separate, in different sequences. However, the producers learned that the audiences were focusing their attention on the Muppets and ignoring the actors. In response, they had the actors and Muppets interact in new scenes. Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch were primarily designed for actors to work with.
In 1993, the original set was expanded to include new areas located just around the corner from Big Bird's nest, which had previously marked the end of Sesame Street's world. Among these areas was a store initially run by a character played by Ruth Buzzi. The series format was intended to simulate the commercial-filled world of TV to which American children are exposed, with a main plot line being interrupted by frequent commercials hawking educational concepts instead of products and simulated TV programs. The show also made extensive use of the reruns concept by replaying popular segments over and over, intermixed with new material. As a result, children viewing the show in 2002 will still see the occasional segment that was originally created for the series when their parents were still children! Many songs written for the series are now considered standards. These include "Sing," "Being Green," "Rubber Duckie," and "C is for Cookie," as well as the show's theme song. However, when the show changed formats in 2000, this concept is less frequently used than before.
"Sing a Song" was originally slated to be the show's theme song.
When creating the show, executive producer Joan Ganz Cooney, deliberately made sure that the human cast would be an ensemble with approximately equal roles, so no one person would emerge as the host or star of the show and be able to use this as a negotiating tool and threaten the show's survival when it came time for contracts to be renewed, as Robert Keeshan had been able to do as the star of the Captain Kangaroo (1955) show.
In 2004, Natalie Portman appeared as a character named Natalie, who was going to run Hooper's Store for three episodes while Alan was on vacation. After taping one episode, Portman began losing her voice and was unable to continue.
Mr. Hooper's first name is Harold. It wasn't revealed until Episode #871: "Mr Hooper Gets His Diploma", aired March 15, 1976.
Many early collaborators had previously worked on Captain Kangaroo (1955), including writer and composer Jeff Moss, producer Sam Gibbon, executive producer Dave Connell, and writer Jon Stone.
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In 2002, producers of Takalani Sesame (2000), the South African version of the show, announced Kami, an HIV-positive Muppet. She was added to address the growing number of people with the virus, including children, in that part of the world.
Hooper's Store had gone through a few redesigns over the years. From 1969-1998, the building was green with a yellow and black checkered design below the window looking out front, an old-fashioned Bell Telephone System logo on the left side, and a green and white-striped awning overlooking the front window. Various murals were painted on the building during those years. In 1998, when Alan took over, the entire front of the building was repainted a bright blue. A new red vinyl awning stretched over the front window, and around the corner to a new side window, with white letters reading "Hooper's Store" on both sides. In 2002, the building was repainted a pale orange color. Starting in 2008, Hooper's store got a complete overhaul. The exterior was painted blue, and the awning is tan with red stripes. The Bell Telephone System sign hangs on the brick wall, above the awning that faces the arbor. The interior is more of a convenience store, with refrigerators, and magazines and newspapers on a special shelf. The walls are light green. The store's "first dollar" and Big Bird's drawing of Mr. Hooper are hanging on the wall.
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On August 14, 2012, Sesame Street announced it was holding a casting call on August 20 for a new Hispanic character for the show's 44th season.
In each of Don Music's appearances, an autographed photograph of series musician, songwriter, and original music-director Joe Raposo appeared on a wall.
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In 1976, the 847th episode featured Margaret Hamilton reprising her role as the Wicked Witch of the West, from The Wizard of Oz. After it aired, kids were terrified. The episode never aired again.
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In 1970, the show was banned in Mississippi in a 3-2 split vote by the State Commission for Educational Television, an anonymous committee member citing that the show uses a highly-integrated cast and that Mississippi was not yet ready for it. 22 days later, the commission reversed its decision.
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The long running children's show was parodied in the 9th season of Hale and Pace (1988).
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It is believed by some that Snuffuluffagus is Big Bird's imaginary friend, since Big bird is the only character who sees him.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Kermit was retired from Sesame Street in 2001.
As of 2009, the highest number of the day has been 40, and the lowest number of the day has been 0.

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