Saturday Scenes

Wed 24 March 2010

Big Bird

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 21:39

On the 20th of March in 1966, Big Bird was born.

Well, for some value of “born”. And maybe we shouldn’t be too specific about the year.

The PBS children’s show “Sesame Street” first aired on November 10, 1969. Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch were the initial muppet characters on Sesame Street. By the end of the first season, Big Bird was described as a “too-big kid” whose constant curiosity formed the basis of his personality. The performer of both characters, Caroll Spinney, described Oscar as around 43 and Big Bird as the same age as the target audience, around 4½.

Big Bird had only gained two years by 1985, when he celebrated his sixth birthday on the 20th of March. He then celebrated his sixth birthday once again on the 20th of March in 1991. Now it is accepted that Big Bird is permanently 6 (well, maybe 6½). He seems to be ageing well:

He’s happy being Big Bird – Washington Times

“I’m still using the head we started with,” Mr. Spinney says. “He’s had face-lifts.” He estimates Big Bird has been through four bodies. Oscar still has his original eyebrows.

On the 20th of March 2010, people on Twitter showed a child-like curiosity about the world around them and the result was this great collection of people, places and things:

These are the wonderful people who took the photographs (and not a face-lift in the lot!)

Would you like to show your corner of the world? It’s easy to take part!

  1. Take a photo on a Saturday and upload it to the photo site of your choice.
  2. Twitter the url for your photograph to @SatScenes.
  3. Watch for the next post on Saturday Scenes to see your photo here!

The photo must be taken on a Saturday but you don’t need to let me know until Tuesday (although as soon as possible is always nice) when I collate them all.

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