According to another creator of the popular show, “Sesame Street” could not have happened without Morissette’s brilliant idea.
WASHINGTON – Co-creator of “Sesame Street.” Lloyd Morissette has died at the age of 93, Sesame Workshop announced Monday.
“Lloyd has left a large and indelible legacy among generations of children around the world, with Sesame Street the most visible tribute to a lifetime of good work and lasting impact,” Sesame Workshop said. said on Twitter. No cause of death was shared.
Morissette, an experimental psychologist who was vice president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, created “Sesame Street” with television producer John Ganz Cooney.
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The historic educational show aired its first episode on November 10, 1969, featuring Jim Henson’s now beloved Muppets. The show was an instant hit and is now one of the longest-running shows in American history. According to BritannicaAbout half of American preschool age children have watched the show.
In 2019, “Sesame Street” became the first television show to be honored by the Kennedy Center. In one Interview with CBS News at the timeMorissette said the idea came to him at a dinner party: “I asked him, ‘Jon, do you think television can be used to teach young children?’ This is the beginning.”
“There wouldn’t be Sesame Street without Lloyd Morissette,” Cooney said, according to Sesame Workshop. “It was he who first came up with the idea of using television to teach preschool children basic skills, such as letters and numbers… He has been a trusted colleague and friend to me for more than fifty years. was a loyal friend, and will be greatly missed.”
Says Sesame Workshop Morissette served as chairman of its board of trustees for 30 years before becoming an honorary lifetime trustee.
Sesame Workshop said, “A wise, thoughtful, and foremost workshop leader for decades, Lloyd was fascinated by the power of technology and was constantly thinking of new ways to use it to teach. Can,” said Sesame Workshop.