December 20, 1996 |
I am one of the lucky ones. I scored a Tickle Me Elmo. The most sought-after toy of the season is in my hot little hands. Soon, it will be in the hot little hands of my 2-year-old daughter, and I will accrue major papa points. I'm happy. Then I hear about the black market on Elmo, the Elmo "sightings," people paying thousands to be with Elmo. And I realize a celebrity is sitting on my dresser. A celebrity of this stature deserves a night on the town. I invite the most sophisticated Philadelphia single woman I know, Laurie Huggins, to be the "Sesame Street" star's date on a night out with the beautiful people.
October 1, 1999 |
Who would've thought that, like the rabbit hole that takes Alice on her trippy sojourn through Wonderland, Oscar the Grouch's trash can was a portal into a swirling vortex leading to the Land of a Thousand Stenches? Well, it is, and in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, young Elmo - Sesame Street's squeaky-voiced, fire engine-red furball - meets up with talking caterpillars, a quirky queen (Vanessa Williams), and a Mad Hatter-ish villain (Mandy Patinkin) with eyebrows that could cover an entire planet.
December 18, 1996 |
For a few hours yesterday, I became a crazed holiday shopper. I just had to have a Tickle Me Elmo doll. It's supposed to sell for about $28 retail, if you can find one. Reports say some stores are selling the dolls for as much as $200. Sales among individuals are fetching far more. In a radio auction, a Florida woman bid $3,500 for one. A popular way to sell them is through the classified sections in newspapers. That's how I found out about a $150 deal. Of the 15 ads I spotted in the Daily News, all but six sellers were unavailable yesterday morning and afternoon.
January 7, 1997 |
The Tickle Me Elmo doll was supposed to be a hot commodity this past Christmas. But "bah, humbug!" sums up the attitude of some of those who attempted to cash in on the fad. For many, their dreams of selling the toy for big bucks - it retails for about $29 - dried up faster than a live Christmas tree. "We gave up on it," said one doll owner who bought a classified ad in the Daily News and Inquirer in hope of selling her doll for $200. "People were very rude, nasty and threatening," she said.
December 20, 1996 |
Tickle Me Elmo started out such a sweet, easygoing kind of Muppet - and now the fame and celebrity have gone right to his little head. The "Sesame Street" star has backed out of an appearance on "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee" after Regis dissed the fuzzy guy on the air earlier this week. Reeg apparently thought that Elmo, who's stealing headlines as the most preposterously sought-after toy of the holiday season, was getting enough attention, already. He ranted for a few minutes on Wednesday's show (as he's wont to do)
October 25, 1992 |
Ever since she put that first ballet slipper on her foot at the age of 3, Patti Coffin, 25, of Holland, was hooked on dancing. Jazz, ballet, tap or modern, Coffin did it all. Today, she's still dancing, but her costume is a bit different than the ones she wore to recitals as a child. Now, she's playing Elmo in the Sesame Street Live musical production, "Sleeping Birdie. " As the little red monster with an orange nose, Coffin is a hit with the preschoolers. When she comes on stage or walks among the audience, the children start screaming "Elmo, Elmo, Elmo," she said.
December 8, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - Tianna Gaines-Turner came face to face Tuesday with Elmo, her Sesame Street hero and fellow hunger fighter. She may never be the same. Gaines-Turner, 31, of Frankford, is one of the Witnesses to Hunger, part of an advocacy program of women in poverty started at the Drexel University School of Public Health. On Tuesday, she traveled to the Capital Area Food Bank to be part of the start of a national healthy-foods and antihunger campaign begun by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street.
November 21, 2012
KEVIN CLASH , the man behind Elmo , is resigning from "Sesame Street" after a second man alleged that the puppeteer began an inappropriate relationship with him when he was underage. Cecil Singleton , 24, claimed that he was 15 when their relationship started. He says he and Clash did not have sex back then but engaged in some, well, let's call it heavy petting. He said that he and Clash did not engage in the Clintonian definition of sexual intercourse until Singleton reached 18. Singleton is seeking $5 million in damages from Clash.
September 21, 2006 |
He came, slapped his knee and giggled with glee, fell to the floor, and begged for more. And then he disappeared. Sort of. At stores across the region yesterday, parents were dismayed to find shelves bare of T.M.X. Elmo, the 10th anniversary incarnation of the furry, red doll unveiled by Fisher-Price just 24 hours before. Going online, shoppers soon learned that the shortage was made even worse by a raid on retail outlets by speculators who had listed an army of Elmos on eBay.
December 12, 1996 |
In another sign of the mania for this Christmas' hottest toy, bidding wars have erupted on the Internet for Tickle Me Elmo dolls. The price for the furry, red creature, which sells for $28 retail, has gone as high as $200. That doesn't come close to the $3,500 that a Florida woman bid in a radio auction for one of the character dolls from the Sesame Street television show. Inside the toy is a computer chip that makes it giggle and shake and say, "Ooh, that tickles," when its stomach is touched.