… I read this great piece on Caroll Spinney yesterday and just had to share.
The soft spot in my heart for Sesame Street dates back to my own obsession with it as a kid. And given that I’m, what, like 107 years old, that was a very long time ago. Of all the shows my children have loved over the years, it’s only Sesame Street that I’ve been able to tell them was my very favorite as a kid, too.
In the article, we get a peek inside Caroll Spinney’s career on the award-winning children’s show:
Being Big Bird is sweaty, physical work. But Spinney, who has worked on Sesame Street for nearly four decades playing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has no wish to be anywhere else.
“I can’t imagine willingly walking away from Big Bird and Oscar,” he said.
In today’s world, precious few people have held the same job for 40 years, in any field. To know that—despite the changes the show has been through over the years—the same man has been operating Big Bird for all of this time? Well, I don’t know about you, but for me that’s a little ray of sunshine. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer series.
Here’s a couple of other links for you, too, while we’re basking in the Sesame Street love:
We have a pretty extensive Sesame Street Store here at Ty’s Toy Box, you know. Just sayin’.