Happy 40th, Sesame Street

Today, Sesame Street turns 40 years old. As a child of the '70's, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, and Grover became my very close pals. The music–from the uplifting "Sunny Days" intro theme to the swinging "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-tweeeelve" pinball disco song–became personal anthems. I learned phonics from the letter of the day and counting from...who else?...The Count.

Today, Sesame Street turns 40 years old. As a child of the '70's, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, and Grover became my very close pals. The music–from the uplifting "Sunny Days" intro theme to the swinging "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-tweeeelve" pinball disco song–became personal anthems. I learned phonics from the letter of the day and counting from...who else?...The Count.

Sesame Street was a radical concept in 1969–harnessing the power of television as not just an educational tool but also a social diversity tool as well. Absolutely everyone was welcome to hang out with Ernie and Bert or harass Oscar good-naturedly on the sweet urban landscape of Sesame Street. Now Sesame Street is available in more than 140 countries, has won 122 Emmy awards, and has successfully weathered each decade with grace (and technological advancements), making it the longest-running children's television program. 

Even Google has been paying homage with a series of Google doodles for the past week.

To hear what classic cast members have to say about the 40th, click here.

This post describes what's next for this venerable show.

The Sesame Street Web site offers lots of games, episode trailers, and even a store.

And, of course the Library has lots of Sesame Street videos for you to check out!