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Today's beautiful red sunflowers come from my sister, Betty's garden in Whittier! They were a wonderful and much loved hostess gift yesterday!
Took my time today as yesterday was a hectic day, and as I age I find the need to be smart and take it easy the next day.
Had the sisters up for a visit. Had a wonderful time with quiche, salad and big homemade blueberry poppy seed muffins for lunch, along with birthday trifle. They took down 6 dozen eggs to the local food bank for me. The girls outdid themselves! Thought you might want to see the pretty table, where I used my new square black and white plates.
- Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before season two.How did Oscar explain the color change? He said he went on vacation to the very damp Swamp Mushy Muddy and turned green overnight.
- During a 2004 episode, Cookie Monster said that before he started eating cookies, his name was Sid.
- In 1980, C-3PO and R2-D2 visited Sesame Street. They played games, sang songs, and R2-D2 fell in love with a fire hydrant.
- Mr. Snuffleupagus has a first name—Aloysius
- Ralph Nader stopped by in 1988 and sang “a consumer advocate is a person in your neighborhood.”
- Caroll Spinney said he based Oscar’s voice on a cab driver from the Bronx who brought him to the audition.
- In 1970, Ernie reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the timeless hit “Rubber Duckie.”
- One of Count von Count’s lady friends is Countess von Backwards, who’s also obsessed with counting but likes to do it backwards.
- How big is Big Bird? 8’2″.
- In 2002, the South African version (Takalani Sesame) added an HIV-positive Muppet named Kami. Six Republicans on the House Commerce Committee wrote a letter to PBS president Pat Mitchell warning that Kami was not appropriate for American children, and reminded Mitchell that their committee controlled PBS’ funding.
- Bert and Ernie have been getting questioned about their sexuality for years. Ernie himself, as performed by Steve Whitmere, has weighed in: “All that stuff about me and Bert? It’s not true. We’re both very happy, but we’re not gay,” A few years later, Bert (as performed by Eric Jacobson) answered the same question by saying, “No, no. In fact, sometimes we are not even friends; he can be a pain in the neck.”
- In the first season, both Superman and Batman appeared in short cartoons produced by Filmation. In one clip, Batman told Bert and Ernie to stop arguing and take turns choosing what’s on TV.
- According to Sesame Workshop, Elmo is the only non-human to testify before Congress. He lobbied for more funding for music education, so that “when Elmo goes to school, there will be the instruments to play.”
- Originally, Count von Count was more sinister. He could hypnotize and stun people.
- According to Sesame Workshop, all Sesame Street‘s main Muppets have four fingers except Cookie Monster, who has five.
- The episode with Mr. Hooper’s funeral aired on Thanksgiving Day in 1983. That date was chosen because families were more likely to be together at that time, in case kids had questions or needed emotional support.Mr. Hooper’s first name was Harold.
- Nigeria’s version of the Cookie Monster eats yams. His catchphrase: “ME WANT YAM!”
- Big Bird sang “Bein’ Green” at Jim Henson’s memorial service. As Chris Higgins put it, the performance was “devastating.”
1775 Ethan Allen is captured
1789 James Madison lead the Congress to ratify 12 amendments to the Constitution, first ten become The Bill of Rights
1957 Central High School is integrated
1959 Eisenhower and Khrushchev meet for talks
1965 59 year old Satchel Paige became the oldest pitcher in baseball
1970 The Partridge Family premieres on ABC TV
1981 Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman Supreme Court Justice
2012 Six day-old panda cub dies at National Zoo