When opening up my Chrome browser today a pleasant smile wrapped around my face as I was instantly reminded of several of my childhood friends who not only kept me entertained from my infant years into my kindergarten years, but also helped me read, count, explore art and other cultures.
This month Sesame Street, a public television project brought to us by the Children’s Television Workshop, turns 40. And Google of all places, run by people our ages who grew up with Sesame Street also, has commemorated the event with a memorable Big Bird logo which brings instant memories of the crew including Oscar, Cookie Monster, Bob, Maria, Grover and that two headed monster who would put words together.
I find it interesting that Google is commemorating the Children’s Television Workshop during a time when the search company (well, is Google still a search company) is getting more involved in video, TV, TV advertising and could one day bring targeted underwriting to PBS and other publicly funded projects. Is there a vision or political statement in here somewhere? Could be. But for now I’ll just not worry about that, watch some Sesame Street, ponder about the relationship between Bert & Ernie, and be a kid again for a couple of minutes.
BTW, here’s the Sesame Street I remember (it looks a bit different now)
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