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Lefty the Salesman

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by mikealan, Nov 1, 2002.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    do you know what year the last lefty segment was produced in? what it was? were there any new lefty segments made in the 1980s?
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I know that lefty sold the invisible ice cream cone, but ernie bought it with an invisible nickle. funy how ernie didn't know what invisible meant untill after lefty explained it to him, then ernie just happened to have an invisible nickle.

    There was also a comic story in one of the sesame street library books (or maybe it was the sesame street treasury) where lefty was selling a number 12, and ernie traded a carton of eggs for it. there was also a short story in another book where lefty sells the letter z, ernie bought it, and then lefty needed it again.
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Both of those stories can be found in the Sesame Street Library Volume 12. That volume contains both because it featured the letters W, X, Y, and Z, and the number 12. I remember that cover along with the other volumes' covers very well. The letters are on the sides of a four-way directional signpost, the number is on the front of the trainbarrel where Ernie, Bert, Guy Smiley and Praire are riding.

    The Story Ernie Buys a Letter Z was also featured in the Sesame Street A-B-C Storybook which has all the alphabetic stories from the library volumes. The story Ernie Buys a 12 isn't featured in the Sesame Street 1-2-3 Storybook however, only the stories for the numbers 1 through 10 are in that book. The library volumes were the only ones to have a story for the numbers 11 to 14: Once Upon an 11, Ernie Buys a 12, The 13th Annual Good Luck Race, and the 14th Annual Twiddlebug's Picnic. Strangely enough, though there was a final volume featuring the number 15, there was no story for this number within that book's pages.
    Hope this helps.
  4. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    don't know who here's heard of the Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot but there a song by him called Affair On 8th Ave witch he recorded in 1968. it wasn't a hit single but i belong to this messge board about him and i made a wisecrack about the 8 sketch using this song it's the very 1st post. http://www.corfid.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=003135;p=1
  5. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Boy is that ever a hilarious line! The 9 would come in handy if you want to know what day of the month August 9th comes on! Great! That'd be like saying, "You should buy this letter P. It is useful to tell you if you ever want to know what the fourth letter of elephant is!

    Yeah I had thought of this one too and since Ernie paid with an "invisible" nickle I figured that one would have to be considered another unsuccessful sale by Lefty. Great skit that was too. (Watch out for Louie the Lip!)
  6. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Didn't realize we were both replying to this at the exact same time, mikebennidict. :)
    And just looked at the link, that's pretty good. Lefty also could have said, "And if you want to know how many husbands Elizabeth Taylor has had ... you look at the eight!"
  7. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    You know how Lefty always tried to scam Ernie? Like trying to sell him an "invisible" ice cream cone. Or an empty box (to catch jellybeans from the sky!). Or air from a bottle (Lefty could have at least thrown in the empty bottle too. Not like it's worth anything!). Or simply a number (8) or letter (O). Or a scale that always ends up on 2 pounds.
    But with the picture of four elephants, do you think there was a scam invovled there? I know Ernie didn't see the elephants until Lefty points them out and therefore bought the picture hoping to see others, like Bert, get stumped also. And I know Bert identifies the elephants right away, to Ernie's dismay. But Bert could have failed to notice them. After all, the elephants in the tree were kind of disguised like leaves. So maybe this was one time Lefty was selling something that wasn't total junk. Unless the point of the skit was that despite the elephants being a little tricky to detect because of being shaped in a tree like leaves, most would be able to still quickly identify them as elephants. Whereas Ernie, being a little simpleminded (and thus the one always targeted by Lefty) didn't see the elephants.
  8. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    could be. though I didn't have trouble noticing the elephants though it's understandable how some might. of course it was 1 of those segments were I didn't understand the punchline till I was older and then realized why Ernie was disappointed when Bert automaticly saw the 4 elephants.
  9. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    I guess it was indeed intended to be another scam by Lefty, since he laughs mischievously after Ernie gives him a nickel for the picture. So probably Lefty was just counting on Ernie being feeble minded enough to not notice the elephants, whereas most people and muppets would be able to.
  10. Oliver

    Oliver New Member

    ah the glory days.

    This thread makes me so nostalgic. I wish I could see some of these skecthes again.

    If only Jim and Jerry were still around to carry the torch. It's a shame that the show went from something so groundbreaking and innovative to something so bland and generic. The social overtones are all but lost in this era, the humor subjected to the ugly hand of political correctness. And all at the cost of a brilliant educational children's series which reached out and spoke with kids on a mutual level, respecting their intelligence and youthful imagination and creativity. Now it's all but a kid's show, talking to kids, as though they were kids. With sappy characters, condescending dialogue. The wit and charm is all gone. I think these type of sketches were perfect because children got out of them the most important lessons which were the basis for these skits in foundation, while still opening their developing minds up to the world around them, albeit in a fantasticaly creative and imaginative way. Meanwhile, the adults appreciated these sketches on an entirely different level. It was such a brilliant forumla. The medley of visuals, song, colors, dialogue, humor, etc. This was a world only Jim could touch. I'd love to be able to find it again and relive these memories and moments from my childhood. Until I found this forum and began reading posts like these, they were all lost in obscurity.
  11. BooberFraggless

    BooberFraggless New Member

    I'm almost positive Lefty was only around until the late 70's. Mabye 1978 or so. I think he was taking off the show for being seen as a negative influence. Which I can understand. But back then Sesame Street was showing kids the real world, and what the "real world" was all about. Now they make Sesame Street more like a made up colorful fantasy land. Just like all the other kids shows that are on today.
  12. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    As a kid, I interpreted that skit a little differently. I thought the elephants were literally outlined in white when they were shown to Ernie, and therefore were no longer hidden in the picture. The picture would then be a one-time trick that would never work again for anyone. I'm not sure if that's really how they intended it though.
  13. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Jerry Nelson is still around doind the muppets on SS though he isn't doing any other Muppet projects.
  14. bigbird

    bigbird New Member

    I actually like the tip-toe sound effects that was used during the intros. One skit with Lefty had those tip-toe sounds and Ernie playing the harmonica in between. I think it that particular one was used just once. But it was used to good effects.
  15. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Very interesting thought. That just may be what the makers intended. I always thought the white outlining with the dings was done for the viewers at home so they could see clearly where the elephants were in case they still were as confused as Ernie. I didn't think it was Lefty doing it because he was just standing there and how could the lines and sound effects just happen on his verbal cue. But then again, that would mean Ernie didn't see the lines and hear the dings. And in that case it wouldn't have made too much sense for Lefty saying to Ernie, "As you will notice, there is one elephant, there's two elephants..." Ernie likely would have still said, "Wait a minute, you SAY there is one elephant, there is two elephants, but I still don't see any". So it's an interesting point to think about. To my best memory, which may be incorrect, I thought when Bert comes on the scene and looks at the picture the white outlines are NOT there anymore. But I'd have to see the skit again to be sure.
  16. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    That hidden elephants skit also reminds me of a cartoon similar to that. A pig was singing a song about, "Chickens in the trees", And he's sitting under a tree with green leaves that are shaped like 6 chickens. Then we see the chickens flash a yellow color for a quick instant showing where they all were. Until a rooster tells the pig that chickens don't live in trees. So the pig tells the chickens to get out of the tree. And they all jump out and run away.
  17. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Active Member

    It amazes me that Lefty's boss never gave him a bawling out for always allowing Ernie to out-scam him all the time.:confused:
    He should have said, "Lefty don't be such an idiot. That kid is obviously no pushover. Stop trying to do business with him and find some better suckers.":mad:
  18. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    Not sure if anyone mentioned it yet, but does anyone remember the skit where Lefty revealed the letters of the alphabet under his coat? I've only seen it on a Fisher-Price video cartridge. It looked like it was from the second season (he still had his eyebrows).
  19. SesameStoner

    SesameStoner New Member

    i remeber those segments but i cant seem to rember what lefty loked liek any1 got a pic
  20. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member



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