Friday, March 24, 2006

Sesame Street Unpaved

This may just make me a giant loser, but I want to confess to the world that I love Sesame Street. We're talking old-school Sesame, of course, before the arrival of hip-hop and Elmo, back when "would ya' like to buy an 'O'," and "I can't hear you, I've got a banana in my ear," and "Monsterpiece Theater" were the order of the day. Back when Supergrover was a regular skit, and the show started with Barkley and the kids running behind that tree but not coming out the other side.

So while Daughter and I were watching the show this morning, I started looking up Sesame trivia on my laptop. And I discovered the existence of this book:

Yep, it's called Sesame Street Unpaved; Scripts, stories, secrets and songs. You guys, I am over the moon right now. I couldn't wait for Daughter to wake up from her morning nap so we could eat lunch and run to the library. This. Book. Is. Awesome.

Excuse me, please. I have to go curl up with my cup of tea and this incredible book of childhood memory crack.

Edited to add: I was reading and got to the part about when Mr. Hooper died...and I got crying so hard I couldn't see the pages anymore. I remember it - it was 1982, I was 6 years old, and I remember the sadness of it. Do you? Tell me this doesn't knock you over:

"I remember the last day I saw him. I thought, he is very ill, but he isn't talking about it. And so I put my arm around his shoulder - I had the bird feet on - and I said, 'I love you Mr. Looper.' And he said, 'And I love you, Caroll.' And that was our good-bye. He died four days later." (Caroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird)


Jenn said...

Giant nerd here too - love me some sesame street! I only catch bits of the "new" show now - just not the same!

Karen said...

I totally remember the episode where they talked with Big Bird about Mr. Hooper dying, with those hand drawn pictures. That was the first time I ever heard about death. I also remember my dad talking to me about it after the episode. Ok, why do I feel like I'm going to cry now? My emotions have been totally haywire.

I wish they'd come out with a boxed set of Sesame Street episodes. They have sets for Charles in Charge for crying out loud. Why not Sesame Street?

Scoutj said...

It's going to make me cry just reading this!