He paved the way for Cookie Monster, Grobi, Ernie and Bert. Sesame Street creator Lloyd Morrisett has died at the age of 93.
“The, the, that. Who, how, what? Why, why, why? Anyone who doesn’t ask remains stupid!” – generations of children have grown up with these song lines. The TV classic “Sesame Street” celebrated its 50th birthday in Germany on January 8th. “Sesame Street”, the original title, was first broadcast on November 10, 1969 on US television. American television producer Joan Ganz Cooney and psychologist Lloyd Morrisett came up with the idea of making a program specifically for preschoolers.
The latter has now died at the age of 93. The production company of the popular children’s show announced his death via Twitter. Lloyd Morrisett left “a great and indelible legacy for generations of children around the world, with ‘Sesame Street’ being but the most visible work of a lifetime of good work and lasting impact”.
He was a thoughtful and kind leader of the Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for decades, constantly thinking about new ways technology could be used in education.
“He will be sorely missed”
“Without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no ‘Sesame Street.’ He was the first to come up with the idea of using television to teach preschoolers basic skills like letters and numbers. He was a valued partner and loyal friend of mine for over fifty years , he will be sorely missed,” co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said in a statement.
The duo created “Sesame Street,” the US original of “Sesame Street,” in 1969. The TV format was primarily intended to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to prepare for school. Lloyd Morrisett came up with the idea of encouraging children to learn in front of the screen after his young daughter was fascinated by a TV test pattern. “Sesame Street” with Ernie and Bert, Grobi or the Cookie Monster became the most successful children’s show in the world.