Lloyd Morrisett, ‘Sesame Street’ co-creator, dies at 93

Lloyd Morrisett, ‘Sesame Street’ co-creator, dies at 93

Lloyd Morrisett, the co-creator of the beloved children’s television show Sesame Street, has died, the Sesame Workshop Announced Monday. She was 93.

He died of natural causes Sunday at his home in San Diego, his daughter Julie told The Hollywood Reporter.

In 1966, Morrisett partnered with her friend Joan Ganz Cooney to develop a program that could help prepare children for early schooling. Three years later, Sesame Street debuted, teaching children to read and enlisting the help of Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and the Muppets created by legendary puppeteer Jim Henson.

“Without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no Sesame Street,” Cooney wrote in cheep accompanying the Sesame Workshop ad. “It was he who first came up with the idea of ​​using television to teach preschool-age children basic skills such as letters and numbers. He was a trusted partner and loyal friend to me for over fifty years, and I We will miss a lot.”

The show would also continue to teach children about tolerance, divorce, and racism. Its setting and cast were designed to be a welcoming mirror for underprivileged children, reflecting the diversity of urban areas like New York City. In the midst of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, it was one of the first television shows to show black and white children playing together.

“It was an urban setting, designed from the beginning to show diversity,” Morrisett said in a 2019 interview with American University Radio as the show celebrated its 50th anniversary. “And of course, the Muppets were different colors, different shapes, different sizes. And that was put on purpose to show kids that they could be friends with people who weren’t like them.”

Morrisett served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Sesame Workshop, which oversees Sesame Street from 1968 to 2000, before being named an honorary trustee for life.

“A wise, thoughtful and above all kind Workshop leader for decades, Lloyd was fascinated by the power of technology and constantly thought of new ways it could be used to educate,” Sesame Workshop said in a statement. declaration On twitter.

The show he helped create became one of the longest-running shows in the world, drawing millions of viewers every week in more than 150 countries. During its run of more than five decades, Sesame Street won 216 Emmy Awards and 11 Grammy Awards, and in 2019 became the first television show to receive Kennedy Center Honors.

Morrisett and Cooney accepted the recognition, joined by Big Bird, Elmo and Abby Cadabby.

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