If you grew up or raised children during the 1970s, there's a good chance you remember "Free to Be...You and Me", the groundbreaking children's record, book and TV special that debuted in 1972. Conceived and co-produced by Marlo Thomas, "Free to Be...You and Me" offered kids a fresh alternative to rigid cultural stereotypes that prevailed in the media during the "Leave it to Beaver" era.
Forty years ago this month, a group of my friends and I released "Free to Be... You and Me," a children's record created to expel the gender and racial stereotypes of the era. Our mission was simple: to convince children that their dreams were not only boundless, but achievable. What happened next stunned all of us.