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Happy 40th Birthday

Number of the Day: 40

Sesame Street has been on the air for 40 years on November 10. It’s such a part of our culture; even Google has been acknowledging this milestone by putting our classic characters into its doodle artwork this week.   

We returned from Northern Ireland last night and I’m already up and off to a meeting in New York to discuss a possible new middle format. At 1 p.m., we’re going to take a break to go downstairs for a “Street Naming Ceremony.” For 24 hours, New York City is renaming the block where our offices are “Sesame Street.” A great honor, even if it’s only for 24 hours.  

What’s more of an honor is to be part of this amazing show that has been entertaining and educating for 40 years. No other television show in history has had such a continuous mission. May it continue for many more years.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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