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Caroll Spinney: 1933 - 2019

This one is a huge loss.

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Caroll. Over the years, he’s appeared in quite a few Blarg posts.

I’ve always been grateful for the personal letter and artwork he sent me back in 2010, but today I cherish that correspondence so much more.

Thanks for the memories, Caroll. And for being such a huge part of, and influence on my childhood.

The loss of a legend,




"I Am Big Bird"

Obviously, I have a special spot in my heart for Big Bird.

Learn more about this upcoming documentary here.

Thanks to Spooner for sending this along,


“The Blarg” gets some love from the popular letter-collecting site right here.

Be sure to check it out, especially if you’re a Muppet fan. The entry features not only my letter from Big Bird, but also a handwritten letter from Jim Henson writing to the Swedish Trade Office in 1983… in the voice of the Swedish Chef. Pretty awesome.

Learn more about “Letters of Note” here.

Sadly, our kids won’t know what letters were… or polar bears,


…of course, thanks to the knuckleheads who make up the GOP.

If you enjoy public broadcasting (or if you grew up with Mister Rogers and Big Bird in your living room and want future generations to have the same opportunity), please call Congress now at (202) 224-3121, or click here to email them. The automated form is extremely easy to follow (it takes less than a minute), so please take a moment to do it now.

They should use politicians’ salaries to pay for PBS and NPR,


…no kidding.

Last November, I wrote Caroll Spinney a quick letter to thank him for contributing to such a large part of my childhood. For those of you who don’t know, Spinney has portrayed numerous characters on “Sesame Street” for the show’s past 41 seasons. He’s best known for his work as both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

Last weekend, I opened our mailbox to find this envelope (click on all images for larger versions):

Inside the envelope, I found this two-page letter:

As well as this original illustration:

Spinney is also an accomplished artist; he illustrated numerous Sesame Street books throughout his career.

So yeah… that was pretty awesome.

Learn more about Caroll Spinney here.

I even get the Eminem joke from Big Bird,


Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.

This is the modern day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.


“What’s the name of the big bird on ‘Sesame Street’?”

– Karen O’Brien, 5/31/10

Carroll Spinney,


…you might have seen this:

"Sesame Street" on Google

Google was doing their part in marking the upcoming fortieth anniversary of “Sesame Street.” (The actual anniversary is next Monday, November 10th.)

Of course, it’s no surprise that I love “Sesame Street,” and that the show has had an enormous influence on both my childhood and who I eventually became as an adult.

If you’re in this same colorful boat with me, you might want to pick up this book:

"Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street"

“Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street” was finally released last month after literally years of waiting. And you know what? It was worth the wait!

Clocking in at over 300+ pages, this book is the bible of all things “Street.” I was fortunate enough to receive it from my Dad for my birthday and, trust me, it doesn’t get more in-depth than this.

How will you know if you should buy it? Well, if you can’t resist the urge to sing along with this song…

…do yourself a favor and pick it up.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,



…I posted this long-lost clip of Stevie Wonder performing “Superstition” on “Sesame Street” back in the seventies.

My friend Josh Peters runs his own blog (Lunchbox Unlimited) and, along with a group of fellow artists, is a part of something called “Sketch-a-Day” where, well, he does a new sketch of artwork every day. Or mostly every day.

Anyway, Josh decided that today’s sketch would be inspired by that video of Stevie funking out on “Sesame,” and here’s what he came up with:

Josh Peters' "Stevie on Sesame Street"

Awesome job, man! I especially love Mr. Hooper playing the broom!

Be sure to check out Josh’s site to see more of his work.



Old Poop!