Who Would I Be Without Sesame Street? By Alex Walsh
Who would I be without Sesame Street? Mr. Rogers? The Electric Company? Zoom?
I was a kid in the seventies. Those were my shows. Mr. Rogers was my guy. Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, The Count, Oscar The Grouch (and all the humans) were my heroes. I lived for watching the Sesame Street Baker fall down the stairs carrying all those cakes!
And the music for those shows? Incredible! I interviewed Denny Zeitlin in 2015 and was completely surprised to learn that he wrote some of the music for those Sesame Street shorts. Remember 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9…10? That was him!
In the early 90s I used to cover the Sesame Street theme song with my group the Young Blue Bucks. When we played it people thought it was cute but it also brought out their innocence.
Now I hear that Trump wants to eliminate funding for the Public Broadcasting Corporation, NEA (National Endowment for the Arts, and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities).
Can you imagine life without public funding for the ARTS?
Where would Morgan Freeman be today without the Electric Company? I remember when I started to see him in movies in the 80s. “Hey, isn’t that the guy from Electric Company? It is? Cool!”
I have no idea what kids are watching today, but I do know there is a 24/7 kids channel on PBS and you can watch Sesame Street reruns at midnight if you want to. Is this progress? I think so!
Why would anyone want to cut funding for these important public services?
Oh yeah, the Arts and Media are always the first to go in the twisted minds and diabolical budgets of Totalitarian Dictators and the Conservatives who serve them. How could I forget?
Watch Mr. Rogers Persuade Congress to Stop Cutting PBS Budget in 1969: Would It Stop Trump from Defending PBS & NEA Today?
What can we do?