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In 1969, the Children's Television Workshop asked Henson, who was based in New York City producing commercials, to contribute some puppets to its new children's show, "Sesame Street." Henson created Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie and Cookie Monster. The puppet segments proved to be one of the most popular parts of the new show and their presence was expanded, giving Henson an exit from the world of commercial production. Henson worked some of the puppets and directed short films and animated segments for the show. He also produced a series of TV specials called "Tales From Muppetland," which adapted fairy tales with Muppet characters. "Sesame Street," (above, with Muppet Grover and guest Stevie Wonder in 1973) continues to air on PBS and on channels around the world.
March 19, 2014