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American Archive of Public Broadcasting to preserve nearly 4,500 Sesame Street episodes

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by BertFan, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Knowing him, he probably would anyway. :shifty:
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  2. gavry3

    gavry3 Well-Known Member

    I emailed them, here’s the response I get:

    “This preservation project is in its early stages and at this time, we are beginning with the most recent materials and will be ingesting backward. These materials will be available within the next two months, and then progressively over the next year.”

    Perhaps they’re re-digitizing them for the sake of preservation? Also, regarding 847/ The Wicked Witch Episode, they don’t know if that’s gonna be in the collection for sure and it’d be best to follow up in a couple of days... So, there, that’s that.
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  3. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    To me, that almost translates to "We're not gonna risk it" knowing the workshop.
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  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    K, pretty much confirms what I already said.

    And this was only announced a few days ago. The full logistics of the catalog would not be finalized at this point, so enough with the "will such and such episode be added?"
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  5. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    I knew this response was coming. You're such a stickler bro, haha.
  6. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    As far as what episodes are going to be included, for now, the best we can do is just accept what’s given to us and then let the future take its course. Let’s just be grateful we’re getting this treat in the first place.
  7. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    I just tried speaking to someone at WGBH. Yes, that’s right. Tried to. I had trouble getting to the right person, and when I did, all I got was a voicemail. So I guess this means that making an appointment will not be that easy.
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Um, they only announced this a few weeks ago. They're obviously not ready yet.
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  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    And so it begins. . . .
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It does make me wonder if he would have had the same problem if he called for an appointment to see something that the archives already has.
  11. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    The problem was that I couldn’t get through to the right person. When the person answered the phone I asked for the Media Library, and then they asked what was going on. Then I told them about the donation of Sesame Street episodes and she didn’t seem to know anything. She put me on hold for a bit and then transferred me, but I couldn’t get anyone. Though it seems like with the Library of Congress you actually CAN just go in whenever you want. Is that correct?
  12. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    You'll have to contact them yourself like you just did with WGBH, or ask somebody who's visited the Library of Congress before...
  13. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Or wait until it’s actually confirmed and available for making appointments?
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Or I supposed we should all just have a pint.
  15. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    You need to give them a heads up, I believe. But there's no "appointment" aspect to it.
  16. datman24

    datman24 Well-Known Member

    It's cool that these episodes are being digitized are being digitized and made available (in just two places), but I have no real desire to travel the distance of where I am for the sole purpose to watch these episodes, unless there is something that I am truly desperate to see. However, thanks to this recent announcement, I have been going on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting site like crazy lately, mainly for its availability of the more 1,600 episodes of the NJ Nightly News from the late '70s and early '80s, which has a ton of rare and valuable local footage of nearby places from that period that no longer exist, and I am grateful for that.
  17. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    So I’m just curious.

    Are there any episodes in particular when the time comes you would like to see for the sake of watching an individual segment/the story itself?
  18. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    The episode where the adults believe in Big Bird about Snuffy.
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  19. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Too many to list. The introduction episodes for Olivia, Buffy, and Gina, for starters. The 16th and 21st season premieres, just because those are the only ones that haven't surfaced yet, the original version of Sing (sung by Bob and Miguel). So, so many.
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Since Episode 2821/3026 has surfaced in recent years, I would very much be interested in seeing 2822/3027.

    2821/3026 and 3976 have a number of similarities, but clearly 2822/3027 has very little in similarities to 3977-3980, but still, it would be interesting to see the follow-up to the early 90s hurricane.

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