The co-creator of the famous children’s series Sesame Street, Lloyd Morrisettdied this January 23 at the age of 93, announced Sesame Workshopthe foundation behind the famous program that has been broadcast in the United States for more than 50 years.
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“Without Lloyd Morrisett there would be no Sesame Street. It was he who came up with the idea of using television to teach preschool children letters and numbers. He was a trusted and faithful friend to me for over 50 years, and he will be greatly missed,” said Ganz Cooney, co-creator of Sesame Street, in a statement.
Sesame Street it was born, as Cooney indicated, out of a desire to educate children from families with limited financial resources in the United States. In that sense, Sesame Street was a pioneer in applying pedagogical methods to a children’s television program.
Morrisett, co-founder of the series with Cooney and Jim Henson, was instrumental in raising funds from different government bodies and from the American academy to start the project. Children’s Television Workshopthe original name of Sesame Workshopa non-profit organization that is responsible for producing Sesame Street and other educational programs for children.
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Morrisett’s fundraising efforts were facilitated by his connections in academia, having served as vice president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York., that finances educational projects.
The first episode of Sesame Street it aired on free-to-air in November 1966. Morrisett came up with the idea for the show after noticing the trance in which he put his young daughter, Sarah, on television, which led him to wonder if television could be used with educational purposes. (YO)