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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1988 | By Melissa Dribben, Special to The Inquirer
Big Bird's Sesame Street Story, the theatrical equivalent of an ionized pinball game, maintains its eye-popping fury for two hours. The show opened Wednesday to a wild and crazy crowd at the Philadelphia Civic Center. The thread of a story, a gallant quest by the Sesame Street characters to put on an educational television series for children, was written to commemorate the television show's 20th anniversary. The first episode of the show was broadcast in November 1969. The plot might have escaped many of the children in the audience, but that did not diminish in the least their appreciation of the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1993 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
"A lot of us have taken naps so we can stay up until midnight," says Big Bird - or is it Gina? It doesn't really matter. The key thing is not to let your 5-year-old hear it, because then he or she will want to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve, too. The potential for that dangerous precedent is about the only down side to Sesame Street Stays Up Late! A Monster New Year's Eve Party. It airs at the very civilized hour of 8 tonight on Channel 12 and gives little folks a chance to have their own New Year's Eve party without putting parents through the wringer.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1986 | By Dick Polman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Try interviewing a 4-year-old sometime. It's like asking a CIA official about Nicaragua. Two nights ago, I was talking about Sesame Street with the youngster whose home I inhabit. We were en route to the Civic Center for the Philadelphia debut of Big Bird Goes to Hollywood, the latest incarnation of the Sesame Street roadshow (it continues through Sunday), and the conversation went like this: "Why do you like the Sesame Street characters?" "Because they're funny. " "Why are they funny?"
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November 29, 1991 | Compiled from Inquirer wire services Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm, Associated Press, Universal Press Syndicate, Entertainment Wire and Chicago Tribune contributed to this report
Ernie lives. A Sesame Street spokeswoman has flatly denied widespread rumors that the little fellow, "part of the core spirit of the show," would die this season. The story, which started a couple of weeks ago in New Hampshire, had spread across the northeastern United States - primarily among college students - and as far west as St. Louis, she said. Apparently, it hit the Philadelphia area earlier this week, where high schoolers heard that Sesame Street producers planned to give Ernie a case of leukemia.
NEWS
January 20, 1990 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
Holy Bert and Ernie! Children's Television Workshop is hooking up with Fox Broadcasting Co. CTW, which has produced Sesame Street for 20 years on public TV, will provide Fox with short segments to link three hours' worth of Saturday-morning kids' shows to air on the network beginning in September. Margaret Loesch, new president of the Fox Children's Network, told a meeting of television journalists here yesterday that the CTW segments, like the new Fox shows, would be designed to appeal to 6-to-11-year-olds.
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March 5, 1994 | Inquirer photographs by Vicki Valerio
When Sesame Street Live holds auditions, true talent shows up. Fifteen people answered the call yesterday at the Spectrum. The company was looking for people to fill future openings in the cast of the show.
NEWS
November 17, 1994 | by Billy Tashman, New York Times
Twenty-five years ago this week, "Sesame Street" made its debut. Although it has always been a reliably sweet hour of Muppets and music, educators have long debated whether it really helps kids learn to read or merely habituates them to watching television. Four years ago, the Children's Television Workshop, the producer, launched a nationwide program, Project Preschool Education Program (PEP), to get as many day-care toddlers as possible to watch "Sesame Street. " Many day-care centers already rely heavily on television during a typical day. Studies have shown that seven of 10 centers use TV daily.
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November 16, 1998 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
They're called Sesame Seeds. The affectionate moniker refers to the current generation of pre-school viewers carrying on the tradition of their parents, who grew up on "Sesame Street. " Today marks the 30th season for the flagship series from the non-profit Children's Television Workshop, which took its first baby step Nov. 10, 1969, on NET, a predecessor of PBS. Today, according to Nielsen Media Research, nearly 10 million people in the United States - that's kids, parents, teachers and caregivers - view "Sesame Street" in an average week.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1998 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The most famous street in America looks just the way you remember it. There's Maria and Luis' Fix-It Shop with the same toaster that has been repaired for 30 years still in the window, next to the "Se Habla Espanol" sign. There's Mr. Hooper's store, and 123 Sesame St., with Ernie's Rubber Duckie on the windowsill. There's Big Bird's nest and Oscar's can and there, hanging ignominiously from hooks high on the ceiling, is Mr. Snuffleupagus, who's not needed in today's shoot.
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August 13, 2016
By Naomi Moland S esame Street recently announced that it was dismissing three of its original cast members: Bob McGrath (Bob), Emilio Delgado (Luis), and Roscoe Orman (Gordon). After an outcry from longtime fans, the show reversed its decision, and will meet with the actors in September to continue their relationship. Welcoming these characters back onto the Street is an excellent decision. The program has been undergoing many changes, adapting to the needs of today's children.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2016 | By Michael Harrington, Staff Writer
Time to get down! How can you resist, when Elmo asks? Join the little guy and his furry and feathered (and felt) friends Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Ernie, and company for Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! on North Broad Street to "Do the Robot" and "Shake Your Head One Time" in an interactive event. That's right - it's a dance party! 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St. Tickets: $15 and $32. Information: 1-800-298-4200 or www.liacourascenter.com . Rule the planet A tree grows in the Kimmel Center.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
David Langston Smyrl, 80, of Bala Cynwyd, a writer, singer, voiceover artist, and actor best known for his role on TV's Sesame Street as Mr. Handford, owner of Hooper's Store, died Tuesday, March 22, of lung cancer at Lankenau Medical Center. "He was a funny man, a good man, and he always had jokes for you," said his wife, Cheryl Pajil Smyrl. "He was loved by everyone, and very creative. " Mr. Smyrl grew up in North Philadelphia. He began his career as a coffeehouse poet in the 1960s in Greenwich Village.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
AN "AMERICAN IDOL" star is going to try to go from winner to "Loser. " Ruben Studdard , the "AI" contestant who beat Clay Aiken , will try to croon away the calories this fall as a contestant on "The Biggest Loser. " Who's going to kick off the "Velvet Teddy Bear"?   Elmo off the hook Three lawsuits brought by men who said longtime former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash sexually abused them when they were underage were tossed out by a judge who said in a decision published yesterday that the men waited too long to sue. U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl said the claims must be barred because they came more than six years after the men reasonably should have realized that the physical and emotional injuries they're suing over were caused by the alleged encounters.
NEWS
May 12, 2013
MOUNT AIRY-BORN, Hollywood-based actor Holly Robinson Peete has spent most of her 48 years in La-La Land. But the mother of four, daughter of Sesame Street's original "Gordon" and wife of one-time Birds QB Rodney Peete still keeps it real, Philly-style. Robinson Peete made her first onscreen splashes in "21 Jump Street" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. " Today, she's still acting - she has recently appeared in "Blue" and "Mike & Molly," and is in talks with NBC to return to daytime.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Falling star Lindsay Lohan is telling friends her rehab assignment in New York may be a no-go if the Seafield Center, where she's bound, won't let her smoke, reports celeb website TMZ. Sources say LiLo doesn't think she can go 90 days cig-free, so her lawyers are asking the Long Island rehab to lighten up. That hasn't worked so far, Sources tell TMZ, so the lawyers are now trying to get her back into Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, Calif.,...
NEWS
November 24, 2012
Emily Squires, 71, a longtime Sesame Street director who also worked on soap operas, died Wednesday at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. Ms. Squires' husband, Len Belzer, said Friday that the cause of death has not been determined. Ms. Squires directed the Sesame Street children's television series from 1982 to 2007 while also writing for the program. She directed several Sesame Street TV specials as well as other children's programs such as the PBS show Between the Lions , which promoted reading.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Shante is a pleasant 13-year-old who loves Sesame Street characters, so she was thrilled recently to visit Sesame Place, where she met Big Bird, Elmo, and some of the others she loves to watch on television. Later, she was delighted to have lunch with them. She also played games and toured the park. Other things that make Shante happy are listening to Justin Bieber, playing basketball, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, and anything in the color pink. She can be shy when meeting new people, but soon warms up. Shante enjoys going to school, where she benefits from special education classes and is learning life skills.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By David Bauder, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Big Bird has never been so hot. Saturday Night Live , Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the Today show and Good Morning America all asked for appearances from the Sesame Street character on Thursday after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney. Sesame Workshop says the giant yellow Muppet is declining all appearances, but there was this tweet from Big Bird on the Sesame Street account: "My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7!
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