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Happy 40th Birthday, Sesame Street!

posted by Nell Minow

40 years ago today, I watched the very first episode of “Sesame Street” and I have been a big fan ever since. My dad, Newton Minow, helped the show’s creator, Joan Ganz Cooney, get the funding for its first season, and we spent many family dinners talking about how exciting and revolutionary it would be. But what made me fall in love with it on that very first broadcast was how much fun it was, how imaginative, how respectful of its audience.

Here is one of my favorite moments from “Sesame Street.” It still inspires me.


Here’s a classic moment:

And here’s a treat from the new season:

  • Christian Toto

    As a new parent forced to endure the likes of “Barney,” “Sesame Street” is an unabashed treat. I can watch the show without wanting to tear my hear out or gouge my ears – something not possible while suffering through the latest “I Love You …” sing-song!

  • Nell Minow

    I still tune into “Sesame Street” now and then, Christian, even though my kids moved on decades ago!

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