Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

Michael Davis

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0143116630

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

Michael Davis

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0143116630

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The New York Times bestselling account of the story behind one of the most influential, durable, and beloved shows in the history of television: Sesame Street, moving to HBO this fall

“Davis tracks down every Sesame anecdote and every Sesame personality in his book . . . Finally, we get to touch Big Bird's feathers.” —The New York Times Book Review

Sesame Street is the longest-running-and arguably most beloved- children's television program ever created. Today, it reaches some six million preschoolers weekly in the United States and countless others in 140 countries around the world.

Street Gang is the compelling, comical, and inspiring story of a media masterpiece and pop-culture landmark. Television reporter and columnist Michael Davis-with the complete participation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show's founders-unveils the idealistic personalities, decades of social and cultural change, stories of compassion and personal sacrifice, and miraculous efforts of writers, producers, directors, and puppeteers that together transformed an empty soundstage into the most recognizable block of real estate in television history.

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called his friend Craig Shemin in New York to verify the report. Shemin, then working in the public relations department at Henson, had been fielding nearly every call that had come into the building that morning. The rest of the company was in shock behind closed doors. D’Abruzzo walked around Northwestern in a daze, as well. “Whether I wound up going to classes that day remains a blur,” she said. “I do remember that I instantly signed up to use the dorm’s screening room for the rest of the day

marginalized. No matter how many days you have left, you want to make every one of them count, and Joe was not a person who would crawl into bed, pull up the quilt, and never come out again. “He used to go in for chemo really early in the morning at a place on the East Side, before too many people were around. Most people going through it lose weight and look gaunt. Joe, who struggled with weight issues all his life, used to say to me, ‘I’m the only son of a bitch on chemo who is not losing

Regardless of whether Barney was an abomination or a fascination (Barney made People’s list of 25 Most Intriguing People of 1992), the show took a big bite out of Sesame Street’s ratings. David Britt, installed as Joan Cooney’s successor as CEO in 1990, took heed. He assembled a SWAT team of executives to shake up Sesame Street, summoning Emily Swenson, executive vice president and chief operating officer; Marjorie Kahlins, group vice president for programming and production; Dr. Valeria

unexpected.” Hausman told Howe, “I see a budget of around six million dollars.” “This is a terrible figure,” Howe said, blanching. “Yes,” Hausman replied, tamping down his hand in that way when people mean to say, Hold on, wait a minute. “All we have to do is guarantee 50 percent of the six million dollars,” he continued, reasoning that a government commitment of $3 million could be stretched over two fiscal years. The project would get $1.5 million in its development year, with another $1.5

throughout the nation. At Forty-fifth Street and Seventh Avenue in New York, a few hundred mourners began a solemn march to Central Park at 1:30 p.m. By the time they reached the park’s northern gate, their ranks had swelled to between 3,500 and 5,000 men, women, and children, white and black, marching twenty abreast, arm-in-arm. In a front line, Governor Nelson Rockefeller linked his left arm through the right arm of black militant Charles 37X Kenyatta, the onetime bodyguard of Malcolm X and

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