Monday, November 9, 2009

sunny days

this week features a couple significant anniversaries. november 9th marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall. from what I've been hearing today on the radio it sounds as if there is quite a celebration going on in berlin. the party started last thursday with a concert at the brandenburg gates by U2; apparently, the city is planning on partying for a week. the UK telegraph offers an interesting selection of reminiscences, articles, and photo galleries, perhaps my particular favorite is the photo set called 'berlin wall: then and now'.

then of course the other big anniversary happening this week is taking place tomorrow. depending on how one measures socio-politico seismic activity, the 40th anniversary of the debut of sesame street maybe just as earthshaking as the fall of the wall.

I am too old to have watched sesame street as a kid, which is too bad for according to daniel anderson, a professor emeritus at umass, amherst, if I had watched sesame street as a kid I probably would have done better in school.

even though I might not have watched or benefited from sesame street as a child, I certainly have watched my fair share of the show. a couple years ago I posted about the social significance of sesame street. on occasion I still hang with the pre-school set, so fortunately for me I still tune in every once and a while and I always enjoy seeing what the neighborhood is up to. although sesame street has changed a lot over the last forty years, what hasn't changed is it's mission to help kids with their abc's, numbers, and how to be a positive part of our diverse and ever-changing world.

anyone who is a regular listener to npr undoubtedly has noticed that the anniversary of sesame street has been mentioned quite a bit on various programs. however the best I heard was friday's edition of fresh air as it devoted the entire program to sesame street and aired four different segments that all touched on sesame street. fellow sesame street aficionados who might have missed it and are interested can check it out here.

I'm definitely tuning in tomorrow, first lady michelle obama is going to be a special guest on the first show of the 4oth season. coincidentally tuesday is the day ms t comes over and hangs out with me on avenue c which is good now I won't feel silly for turning on the show, after all I'll be watching with a member of the 'target audience.' who knows, maybe ms t will be willing to provide a review of tomorrow's show.

have you ever wondered if you were a sesame street character, what character would you be? don't despair of course there is one of those cyber quizzes out there where you can find out. here it is! if you take it make sure you let me know who you turned out to be

regular readers of the mouse know I am a sucker for these quizzes.

You are Big Bird. You are something of an eccentric, and not everyone always gives you credit for your inventiveness and intelligence. You may not always know everything, but people turn to you for your sound, unique logic. Plus, you have a big heart. Really big.

aw geez!

happy 40th birthday sesame street

photos: top-soon to be falling leaves on avenue c; insert-courtesy of here


California Girl said...

I was also too old to watch as a child but I watched withmy own children so there's some compensation there. Amazing success story, isn't it?

ArtSparker said...

I know which character I'd be without even taking the test, and his name starts with an "O"....So that's what's been going on with Google all week. Thanks!

Megan said...

Watched it every day! Sesame Street is as old as I am. :) I'm Big Bird, too!

I've been watching the news from Berlin. Wouldn't it be great to be there?

Reya Mellicker said...

I can't believe that you, KimY, lover of Sesame Street, would EVER hesitate to switch it on! Sesame Street is a force for good in the world.

I liked the photo series in the NY Times about the anniversary of the tearing down of the Wall.

We punished Germany after WWII by bifarcating the whole country. It was a terrible wound. I spend a couple of days in Berlin in 1979. I should blog about it. Whoa.

Great post, dear one!! Thanks.

Reya Mellicker said...


Stayed up all night at the Folk Club, listening to music, snorting cocaine, and playing backgammon. Literally until 7:30 a.m.

I should write about it!

Candie said...

Amazing picture!

Tom said...

watched a lot of Big Bird and Mr. Rogers with the kids, all in college now (help!) My favorite growing up was always Oscar; i even had my own trash can. Are Maria and Bob still hanging in there? Reya kidding us!!!?

Baino said...

Two profound anniversaries indeed! I can't believe it's been 20 years since the wall came down, I remember it so clearly although I do think that U2 would go to the opening of an envelope these days! My 23 year old still sneaks a peak at Sesame Street before getting on with her 'work at home day' on Friday's. Oh . I'm Elmo!