April 26, 2005 |
What in the name of Jim Henson are the folks at Sesame Street thinking? The heretofore sensible crew that controls a menagerie of multihued Muppets has decided to put the beloved Cookie Monster on a diet. You remember the Cookie Monster. Blue shag-carpet fur. Googly eyes. Tarzan diction. And a voracious appetite for that time-honored baked mixture of chocolate chips, sugar and eggs. Sesame Workshop honchos, the folks behind the show, have decided that given the present obesity epidemic, Cookie's eating habits are promoting an unhealthy lifestyle for children.
October 11, 2013 |
MIDDLETOWN TWP. Watch out, Elmo and Big Bird. Cookie Monster is slated to get more of the spotlight in May. About 25,000 square feet at the Sesame Place amusement park near Langhorne will be transformed into Cookie's Monster Land by next spring. The park is to announce the move Thursday, and it will make the grumbling cookie hoarder one of Sesame Place's most visible characters. After one of the largest renovations in Sesame Place history, Cookie's Monster Land will feature new play areas and five new rides.
February 2, 1990
The president's budget guru - Richard Darman - suggests seeing the federal budget "as a set of children's games: the Budget as Cookie Monster, its future threatened by hidden Pac-Men, its path a journey through Wonderland. " A trifle arch, perhaps, but it reflects the other-worldly approach the budget engenders among otherwise intelligent people. As Darman points out, the Cookie Monster often appears benign and friendly, but it sure has bad habits. It eats all the cookies in sight and spreads crumbs all over the place.
March 1, 1988 |
Last summer, when almost every Philadelphia police officer was searching for serial slaying suspect Harrison "Marty" Graham, the fugitive had a constant companion. A pal who listened to the 28-year-old North Philadelphia man's deepest thoughts and never betrayed them. Someone who now, tragically for Graham, dwells inside a plastic trash bag with several issues of the Daily News chronicling the manhunt. Cookie Monster. A dirty, well-worn, fuzzy blue puppet version of the "Sesame Street" co- star was seized in the abandoned house where Graham hid during the week after police uncovered the remains of seven women in and around the apartment Graham had formerly occupied on 19th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
November 14, 2001 |
In the case of the angry father vs. the Cookie Monster, both sides agree that someone was assaulted. The question is: Who's the real victim? Is it the 5-foot, 5-inch woman who says she was punched and kicked by a 6-foot-3 man as she lay trapped in a Muppet suit? Or is it the 3-year-old girl who says she got pushed by the Cookie Monster's paw when she tried to get a photo and left Sesame Place in June sad and empty-handed? Those are the questions at the heart of the Bucks County Court trial of Lee P. McPhatter Jr., 22, of Waldorf, Md., which began yesterday.
November 15, 2001 |
A Maryland man, a senior at The Citadel military college in South Carolina, was convicted yesterday in Bucks County Court on charges that he kicked and punched an actress portraying the Cookie Monster at Sesame Place in Middletown in June. Bucks County Judge Rae Boylan Thomas found Lee P. McPhatter Jr., 22, of Waldorf, Md., guilty of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after a two-day nonjury trial. She sentenced him to one year of probation and 25 hours of community service and ordered him to attend anger-management counseling.
April 25, 1988 |
We are about to give away a trade secret: the Cookie-Monster-pretends-to- eat-a-cookie technique. It is brought to you courtesy of Lynne Alvino, impersonator extraordinaire of Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie and the Honkers. Here's how it works for Alvino, 20, an elementary-education major at Rider College in Lawrenceville, N.J., who works summers at Sesame Place in Langhorne: As the child shoves the cookie at her mouth, Alvino puts her furry blue paw to her face and palms the cookie while pretending to munch furiously.
June 22, 2001 |
A family outing at Sesame Place abruptly turned into a flurry of fists and fur when Cookie Monster was accosted and kicked by a 22-year-old Maryland man this month, police said. Middletown Township Police Officer Daniel Buckley said yesterday that Lee P. McPhatter Jr. of Waldorf, Md., not only got in Cookie's face but into the blue creature's wide mouth as well, kicking the head and body of the person inside, E. Jennie McNelis, 21, of Bensalem. She suffered bruises to the ribs and leg and a neck sprain, police said.
December 20, 1989 |
"I started out as Santa so I would have some extra money for Christmas," said Bill Weber, 28, who is in his second year of playing part-time Santa. "This year I do it because I enjoy it. " Weber, 28, spends three or four days a week greeting children and asking their wishes at Wanamakers in Center City before going to his job as a computer operator at the University of Pennsylvania. He comes to the part with a varied background - he has also played the Easter Bunny and Cookie Monster.
March 8, 1988 |
Accused North Philadelphia mass murderer Harrison "Marty" Graham couldn't get his Cookie Monster puppet back into court yesterday, but he might get to keep his life as a consolation, his lawyer says. As jury selection in Graham's murder trial was about to start, the suspect abruptly decided to give up the jury trial and settle for a verdict by Common Pleas Judge Robert A. Latrone, who saw most of the prosecution's evidence during 15 days of pretrial hearings. "I'm looking to save my client's life," said defense attorney Joel S. Moldovsky, explaining why he urged Graham to waive the jury trial.