There's lots of buzz around the 40th anniversary of "Sesame Street." And as a member of the first generation of viewers of that groundbreaking show, I feel compelled to chime in.
Here, then, is a very subjective collection of 12 moments where the Muppets proved themselves as wonderfully fun, moving, and/or original as anything ever created by mankind. (Adapted from a chapter in "Kid Culture" (Cider Mill Press), which I co-wrote with my former Indy Men's Magazine collaborator Todd Tobias.
Feel free to chime in with moments you think I've missed.
1. Kermit the Frog singing "It's Not Easy Being Green." ("Sesame Street")
2. Ernie singing "Dancing Myself to Sleep" and driving his roommate Bert crazy in the process. ("Sesame Street")
3. Johnny Cash singing "Dirty Ol' Egg Suckin' Dog" with an offended Rowlf the Dog on piano. ("The Muppet Show")
4. Kermit on the bicycle. ("The Muppet Movie")
5. Ernie and Shawn Colvin singing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon." ("Elmopalooza")
6. Bert presiding over the meeting of the National Association of W Lovers. ("Sesame Street")
7. The "Don't Forget to Watch the Movie" pre-movie short. (Lowe's Theaters)
8. The alien creatures doing the nonsensical "manamana song." ("The Muppet Show")
9. Beaker singing "Feelings"--although the laugh track is annoying. ("The Muppet Show")
10. Every page of "Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum."
11. Ernie jamming to "Put Down the Duckie." ("Sesame Street")
12. The moment when Statler and Waldorf join in with John Denver and the Muppets on "Home on the Range." ("The Muppet Show)
Care to add your own favorites?