On Monday 1/5/09, Michael Davis, author of "Street Gang - The Complete Story of Sesame Street" discussed his new book alongside several members of the classic children's series cast, including Caroll Spinney (aka Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Roscoe Orman (aka Gordon), Sonia Manzano (aka Maria) and Sesame writer-producer Christopher Cerf at the Barnes & Noble in New York City's Lincoln Center, just a few blocks from the where the series was first conceived.
Author Michael Davis (standing) with Christopher Cerf and Roscoe Orman
The 45 minute discussion ranges from the importance of the Muppets to the series, the creation and formation of the show's curriculum, celebrities stepping onto the series, Orman's background in the civil rights movement, the blacklisting of Will Lee (aka Mr. Hooper) in Hollywood, how Sesame helped "usher in the age of Obama", Jim Henson and much more.
An Old Friend Joins Caroll Spinney.
The discussion includes fan Q&A and an appearance by the one and only Oscar the Grouch!
For more details on the excellent new book by Michael Davis, visit its official website at www.streetgangbook.com.
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Length of Discussion Approximately 48 minutes.