Happy Birthday Sesame Street!

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Sesame Street premiered on November 10th, 1969, which makes it 40 years old today! The above clip is from a promotional show aired to introduce the series two days before the premiere. Sesame Street was originally intended for inner-city children, but became a hit with the preschool set all over the globe. Many people don't realize how much the show has changed in 40 years. The early seasons are available on DVD with a disclaimer that says:

"These early 'Sesame Street' episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child."

In those early days, Cookie Monster smoked a pipe. He also ate things that weren't edible, much less nutritious. Oscar the Grouch was much grouchier. And children rode bicycles without helmets! You won't see those things on this season's Sesame Street. Link

More Sesame Street Links

Today's anniversary episode features guest star Michelle Obama.

Caroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird, is still going strong at almost 76 years old.

8 Memorable Sesame Street Celebrity Cameos.

Sesame Street videos on YouTube.

The 101 Muppets of Sesame Street.

The Cookie Monster Interview.

Big Bird Sings at Jim Henson's Funeral.

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Over the years, more than 440 celebrities have visited Big Bird, even though the guest list reads like a book of model citizens, there are a few celebrities who appeared who probably won't be asked back after they later became infamous for bad behavior.

Check out this funny list of the Top 10 Celebrity Guests On Sesame Street Who Were Abusers, Boozers & Losers

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40 years old today and kids are still eating it up! Speaking of birthdays, my sister passed along a link to the new American Cancer Society movement - morebirthdays.com - because a world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays. Sounds good to me, everyone should join!
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I'm sure I was put in front of the TV on the first day of broadcast. Of course I never saw them in color until I was ten. I'd be a pile of mush today without their guidance.
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