Lloyd Morrisett: ‘Sesame Street’ co-creator dies at 93

According to other creators of the iconic show, “Sesame Street” could not have happened without Morrisett’s revolutionary ideas.

WASHINGTON – “Sesame Street” co-creator Lloyd Morrisett has died aged 93, Sesame Workshop announced Monday.

“Lloyd left an enormous and indelible legacy on generations of children around the world, with Sesame Street being just the most visible tribute to a lifetime of good work and lasting impact,” said Sesame. Workshop say on Twitter. No cause of death has been shared.

Morrisett, an experimental psychologist who served as Vice President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, created “Sesame Street” with television producer Joan Ganz Cooney.

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The landmark educational show aired its first episode on November 10, 1969, starring the now-favorite Jim Henson Muppets. The show was an instant hit and is now one of the longest running shows in American history. According to Britannica, the program is watched by nearly half of all preschool-age children in the US.

In 2019, “Sesame Street” became the first television show to be honored by the Kennedy Center. In an interview at the time with CBS News, Morrisett said the idea came to her at a dinner party: “I asked her, ‘Joan, do you think television can be used to teach children? small?’ That’s the beginning.”

“Without Lloyd Morrisett, there wouldn’t be Sesame Street,” Cooney said according to Sesame Workshop. “It was he who first came up with the idea of ​​​​using television to teach preschoolers basic skills, such as letters and numbers… He was a trusted partner and loyal friend. mine for more than 50 years, and he will miss me immensely.”

Sesame Workshop said Morrisett served as chairman of its Board of Directors for 30 years before becoming a Lifetime Honorary Commissioner.

“As a wise, caring and above all kind leader of the Workshop for decades, Lloyd is fascinated by the power of technology and constantly thinks of new ways it can be used to educate, ” said Sesame Workshop.

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