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R.I.P. Bob From Sesame Street

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Bob McGrath (above), one of the original stars of Sesame Street. Here’s the New York Times obituary.

He seemed like such a sweet man and was such a friendly, welcoming presence on television for generations of kids—including me!

I was a major Sesame Street watcher in the late 1970s—and I enjoyed rediscovering it through our twin girls’ eyes when they were of age a few years ago.

If you can be remembered for giving comfort, entertainment and knowledge to kids all over the world for half a century—as Bob did—what a great life!

We all know that Jim Henson was a creative genius, but it’s been so long that I actually spent time watching his work, I was surprised how wonderful and entertaining it was—full of subversive delights, like in this clip from the 1970s:

And check this out, the original pitch reel for The Muppet Show. It starts slow, then becomes insane.

So, props to the Muppets, Sesame Street, and everybody involved for inspired work that really does make the world a better place.

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