Happy Birthday Sesame Street!
'Sesame Street,' the daytime staple of public television that taught the alphabet, counting and lessons about getting along, opened its 40th season Tuesday.
Jim Henson's Muppet's had their first airing as "Sesame Street" on Nov. 10, 1969, and new episodes for the 2009 season premiered Tuesday. The images of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Bert and Ernie -- Henson's homage to "It's a It's A Wonderful Life" -- are well-established as part of U.S. culture.
Following upon the heels of Jim Henson's death on 16 May
1990, rumors circulated that Ernie (one of the Sesame Street
Muppet characters Henson provided the voice for) might be killed off. Reasons given for the puppet's demise ranged from no one else being able to do the voice to this being the show's way of helping children learn to deal with death.
What do you think the best way would have been to kill off Ernie?
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