Big news this week out of the Sesame Street camp: Caroll Spinney who played Big Bird AND Oscar the Grouch for over 5 decades has retired as of today. This makes Mr. Spinney the last orignal cast member to leave Sesame Street. A few years ago, the Children’s Television Workshop started releasing classic episode collections of Sesame St. with a caution that the old episodes weren’t necessarily meant for education as they might no longer meet the standards set for today’s kids. I have to say that the lessons I learned from Sesame Street, and from both of Mr. Spinney’s characters in particular…well, and Grover, I LOVE Grover, those of Love, Sharing, Understanding, Humour and Acceptance will always be good enough for my kids, and I know they all love watching those old episodes as well.
If you’re a Big Bird fan, I highly recommend the look inside documentary, I Am Big Bird, I think it’s still on Netflix