Muppet creator Jim Henson was born on September 24, 1936. The late director, producer and writer who teamed up with Children's Television Workshop to produce Sesame Street is considered one history's greatest puppeteers.
I suppose we're all the same, muppets and humans alike. The muppets are simply mirroring us mortals, and this could not have been truer when the entertainment rags reported that Kermit had already found a new pig -- a pig with auburn hair.
Kids, recently something horrible happened. Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, fixtures of your parents' childhood, split up. This is going to be very difficult on your parents. They are going to need your love and support to get through this rough time.
The traditional fall TV season is transforming now that more and more shows are released throughout the year and/or dropped digitally for binge-watching. It can be challenging for families to keep up. But don't despair.
In fact, the adorable nonsense-speaking lackeys we grew to love in the Despicable Me movies aren't the only minions to get their own movie.
To hear Nancy Kanter tell the story, it was her favorite part of working on Sesame Street -- being able to walk down to the stage while scenes with the Muppets were being shot .
While President Obama should be applauded for reaching past the partisan gridlock in Congress that has made it impossible to improve the lives of millions of families torn apart because of strict immigration laws, his emphasis on families over felons seems outdated and a rhetorical step backward, not forward.
Remarkably, Goldman Sachs, one of the richest, most powerful, politically connected (aka Government Sachs) too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks, has demonstrated a Teflon-like ability to bounce back from egregious misdeeds, if not outright illegal conduct, and horrible publicity.
Go ahead. Admit it. After hearing about all that cool stuff Comic-Con attendees got to see last week, you're now wishing that you'd gone down to San Diego.
Isn't it strange that the GOP, the political party that has heretofore consistently and vociferously opposed frivolous lawsuits, spurious malpractice claims and the trail lawyers' lobby, has now decided to spend taxpayer money to hire trial lawyers to bring what is essentially a frivolous malpractice lawsuit against President Obama?
In 2003 Mike Birbiglia was just another comedian making the rounds throughout the New York clubs. In 2004 he began workshopping a one-man show called Sleepwalk With Me, and everything changed.
We're happy to tag along as we watch these beloved characters go through their prescribed, low-tech paces, tossing off groan-inducing puns and one-liners while still making time for the occasional celebrity cameo (there's a bunch!) and/or musical number (there's a few too many!).
In anticipation of this month's debut of Muppets Most Wanted, many are declaring their Muppets love -- some more creatively than others.
While our grown-up problems may weigh on us, we have the experience -- and the perspective -- to realize that this too shall pass. But to a child, even seemingly small issues can feel like the end of the world. And all children have bad days -- even Grover.
When I decided to take in the late set of Marilyn Maye's recent New York City appearance, I assumed that I could slip in and out quickly and call it a night. Boy, was I surprised upon arrival to see the swelling crowd on Broadway, milling around the door of the Iridium Jazz Club.
As a researcher at Sesame Workshop, I have seen firsthand the power of our Muppets and the influence they have on children's learning in general and science in particular.