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Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by mikealan, May 11, 2003.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    A few things...
    1 BWSmith, if you know them, what are the names of the actors who played the roles of Buffy, Sheldon, and "Cody"?
    2 Sinister Sam was seen in a skit where he wanted to know who bought the last box of crayons. After cornering the AM who had the last box of crayons, he wanted to know "why", when he was refering to know "y". He then took a black crayon and drew a letter Y on the sign poster on the back wall and gave the AM the crayon back.
    3 Uh, shouldn't the question be what was the name of the song sung by Polly Darton? Unless the real-life singer Dolly Parton appeared on Sesame Street, the name of the character who was a spoof of her was named Polly Darton.
    Hope this helps and hope to hear from you guys soon.
  2. Mark The Shark

    Mark The Shark Well-Known Member

    "Buffy" is a real person: folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie (credited on the show as Buffy Sainte-Marie Wolfchild, I'm guessing her married name). She wrote a bunch of songs and had some hits in the 1960s, including "Until It's Time For You To Go."

    As far as whether that was her real-life husband and child, that I do not know. Anyone?
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Mark, reason I asked is cause the three of them are in my ML and I'm missing the real names for Sheldon and Cody. Though I guess I should add the last name "Wolfchild" to Buffy's entry since you say that was her full real name. And I guess I've had Cody's real name all along. He's listed in the D's as Dakota "Cody" Starblanket Wolfchild (SS, ) the space after the comma reserved for a human character's actor's real name. But I guess he should be moved to the C's under Cody (SS, Dakota Starblanket Wolfchild) eh?
    Well, hope to hear from you guys soon and keep on truckin' down Cripple Creek.
  4. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    you know, i might of misread this but on the Hooperfan page it i thought it was mentioned the piot shows were made in 1968. and this was from the 1971 publication that is a part of the site.
  5. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Well-Known Member

    The book "All About Sesame Street" said that the very first Sesame-related item created was a cartoon about the letter "J" ("Joe and the Junebug"), released in the winter of 1968. It was used to test how kids responded to educational concepts while being entertained at the same time, as well as how much repetition works.
  6. nweakland

    nweakland New Member

  7. nweakland

    nweakland New Member

    I believe the guy you are thinking of was "Bad Bart, the meanest hombre in the west" - He wanted to know Y.
  8. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Well-Known Member

    Actually, Sinister Sam wanted to know "Y".
  9. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone! I just stumbled over this thread in the archives and thought it could use a bump. I feel we should update this regularly.
  10. salemfan

    salemfan Well-Known Member

    Oh, not to forget, in the timeline, for 1998-2000, include, "2000: Children's Television Workshop changes its name to Sesame Workshop."
  11. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Youd right, but there are two different variations of the first version of the song. The first one was slower and has a guitar playing throughout the song, and the kids voices were a tad more aggresive. This is also true of the current version of the theme song. At first You could here horns playing on it, then about a year later, they were replaced with harmonica playing.

    There is an Interview with the harmonica player who did the theme song fron 98-01 atwww.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1603560
  12. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    At some point in to 90's, there was also a word of the day.
  13. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    Actually, only three 1990's episodes had official words of the day (i.e., included in the final "brought-to-you-today" message and shown onscreen). They were loose tie-ins with the street story, not words which would typically get their own segments on the show--

    1. Oscar the Grouch had been pestered all day by talking, Muppetized words which looked and behaved like the things they name. For instance, "peanut butter" looked like a molded/embossed block of the stuff; it repeated "Pea-nut...but-ter!" in a thick, low voice which would have creeped me out if I'd seen the show as a kid. The only word to get screen credits, though, was "dog": three furry letters with Dalmatian-like spots and the personality of an over-friendly house pet. (Of course, "dog" annoyed Oscar worst of all the words he met...:grouchy: )

    2. Big Bird and several other Muppets discussed dental hygiene throughout another 90's episode, of which I remember only two weird details. One was Big Bird trying to associate the letter F with tooth care by bringing up the Tooth Fairy; Snuffy didn't think that made sense and neither did I. The second was a choir of Anything Muppets in dental uniforms, singing a gospel-style ode to toothpaste. ("Come on, let's hear you scream for dental cream!" is the second-lamest lyric about tooth care that I've ever heard on Sesame Street; first place in the lame lyrics contest would be "Kids just love to brush!") After the usual two-letters-and-a-number, the word "toothpaste" gets screen credit as a Thing of the Day. (I hesitate to use "sponsor" in that sense any more, since Sesame Street is crediting real corporate sponsors before AND after the show now...:cry: )

    3. Joey and Davey Monkeys were arguing over one of them eating the other's banana (I forget which of them started the whole scene, though). The culprit tried to apologize first with a card, then with a song-and-dance routine led by Little Chrissy. The victim wouldn't accept the apology until his banana had been replaced; the culprit eventually gave him a huge bunch of the things. Shortly after, the roles reverse: the giver became angry at the receiver, and the receiver was vainly trying to apologize. The word of the day: "banana", of course!

    Other episodes in the 90s may have included words in the plot, or aired segments in which some character names a word of the day unofficially. Even those segments, however, didn't have recurring characters or the same structured feel as recent "Spanish Word of the Day" spots do.

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