Friday, October 3, 2008

If We Had Only Known....

If any of us had seen the story below on the CBS Evening News back in September, 1970, we probably would have played very little attention to it.

What did we know about that new PBS television show called Sesame Street, which was beginning its second season with a stage show touring the nation?

It was in, of all places, Jackson, Mississippi, where that wonderful CBS correspondent Hughes Rudd found the cast, and filed this report (brought to us courtesy of the Vanderbilt TV News Archive).

From the story, it appears Sesame Street was already doing great things, teaching both adults and children how to live together in harmony. Here's the anchorman on the broadcast,Roger Mudd.....

The positive impact the Sesame Street program had on our children, and now for some of us, our grandchildren, has been tremendous. At least, I feel that way about what it did to help my two daughters when they were growing up in the 1980s.

Starting with Mr. Wimple and Big Bird and going on through Kermit the Frog,Grover, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster,The Count, even Oscar the Grouch and all the rest of the cast: they entertained and educated our children for many hours, over many years as they grew up.

But for most of us back in 1970 the idea of children's education probably didn't go much further than this hit which was on the charts back then. It's Crosby, Stills and Nash, "Teach Your Children".

Enjoy, and leave your memories and thoughts about Sesame Street or Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young) by clicking on the comments link below.

Just three weeks to Reunion Weekend!

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