CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET, HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET?
Still running strong all these years later, Sesame Street premiered on this day in 1969.
The character-driven lessons were quick, snappy, and combined bright visuals with music and humor. While children might not have the attention span for the hour long show, they certainly could watch the short segments featuring their favorite characters like Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, and Oscar the Grouch.
Sesame Street was the first preschool educational program on television. In the mid-1990s, it was estimated that 95% of all American preschool children had watched the show at some time.
While the primary goal was the prepare young children for school, the show also incorporated ideas of diversity, national topics like Covid-19, and social-emotional skills by using their characters to set examples for children to follow.
Jim Henson and the Muppets were essential to brining the neighborhood to life originally, and before long celebrities were lining up to be invited for a visit.
So where is Sesame Street? It is here, there, everywhere. However, if one must pick a place, I’d pick Greenville, Mississippi since the creator of the show, Jim Henson, was born there. In the spirit of whimsical fun, here is Ruth T. White’s pictorial map of Mississippi from 1938, when Henson was two years old.
NOTE: Loveland Beacon Fun With Maps Feature will be on a weekend hiatus. Please watch for the next issue Monday, November 15, when Fun With Maps returns on Loveland Beacon
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.