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SST 40th Anniversary Event

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by Oscarfan, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I don't mind as long as you give credit that I took them. I also got scolded for taking pictures which is why if you notice I have none of when Telly and Elmo came out. Between myself and a guy in front of me who also was taking alot of photos, the security staff was eyeballing our section big time...
  2. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I remember Aristotle! I have no idea what happened or what their reasoning was to retire him as a character. I think it would be great if they brought back a character with blindness or some other disability. I remember they had the human character Tara on several years ago who was in a wheelchair. I think the show needs to return to more of that.
  3. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    hey, it was great to meet you guys. marty's improv with telly was funny, and the actor's studio thing was a cute idea. and i thought michael did a great job putting the thing together--it was nice to finally see someone who actually knows something about the show asking these guys questions.

    fuzzygobo, i feel your pain--i was at the other mic when they said time is up & it was the 3rd time in a row i've been that close to getting a question in at a ss event. i always get miffed because unlike the majority of people who are able to get their questions in, i put a lot of thought into crafting one that will be relevant and interesting to the whole audience, that can be addressed to the whole panel, and that is concise, too, because nobody cares about my life story and everyone knows i'm thankful for all the work they all put into the show.

    but i've become ok with never getting my question in, because they never really answer the questions anyway, they just use the same old anecdotes we've heard a dozen times...though it is cute to see them tell the stories in person, and to see them laugh and whisper to each other and tear up at the memories.

    the other reason i'm ok with it is because the 2nd time was that afternoon at the teacher thing, but my question got cut off by oscar, which is actually kind of cool. you all didn't miss anything from the so-called teacher workshop. the moderator asked crappy questions and they didn't answer them, they just dragged out the same anecdotes they used later in the evening. that's why tony had the lyrics (sort of) to Proud to Be a Cow written down--'cause he couldn't remember them when it came up that afternoon.

    but yeah, they had asked for e-mailed questions ahead of time, but didn't use any of them until they were about to use mine to close the program but caroll brought oscar out & the moderator got flustered and that was the end of that. so i was annoyed that the question didn't get asked but pleased to be interrupted by oscar, so i went through the whole sad-because-i'm-happy cycle of emotions and ended up quite content in being grouchy about it.

    this is cute, i used the event as an opportunity to visit my cousins, and one of them has a 3 1/2 year old. so i told her who i'd just seen, and she shot me this look and said she didn't believe me. i tried to show her pictures, but they came out so blurry you couldn't even tell it was oscar so it just made me look even worse, like i was using cheap tricks to try to put one over on her!
  4. KerMatttheFrog

    KerMatttheFrog New Member

    If you were the one wearing the blue "Super Grover is my Wingman" tee, I was the guy in the orange pull-over who complimented it while waiting in the line for Michael & Sonia.
  5. Neil565

    Neil565 Member

    I can understand why they didn't want cameras going off, for the flashes could be annoying..but they should have at least allowed non flash photography...


    There was a guy next to me with a pretty professional looking camera with a telephoto lens that was taking pictures with the flash off throughout the whole thing and no one said a thing...
  6. Neil565

    Neil565 Member

    Regarding the teachers event... What was it like seeing Frank as Grover? I think that's who he said he hadn't performed in a while up untill that afternoon... It was either Grover or Cookie...can't remember which he said...
  7. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    huh? it wasn't for the teachers' thing. that was just caroll, bob, sonia, tony, and michael davis. i have no idea what frank was referring to with that comment--i thought maybe that they had him film something for ss season 40 while they had him on this side of the country for a day, or something like that.
  8. Neil565

    Neil565 Member

    Ahh, OK. I must be getting mega confused, then :)..


    My Bad :)
  9. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    the teacher workshop was run by the wpu education department, and aimed at early childhood educators, who received an education credit for participating. however, neither the moderator nor the panelists really said anything useful for teachers--both the questions and the answers treated it more like a mini version of what they did later on in the evening. in fact they shelved the potential avenues for a useful discussion of education in favor of the same anecdotes they repeated later in the evening. my question would have done that, and also they were going to have bob talk about the curriculum development programs and teacher workshops he does outside of sesame street, but they ran out of time. as i said, the moderator asked lame fan kind of questions, and the panelists responded as such. neither took the opportunity to address educational issues that both the panelists and the teachers think about a lot, which is really too bad.
  10. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Yep, that was me! :super:Although I was disappointed I got cut off, it was cute to hear the little girl before before me say "Hi, I'm nine years old and I've been watching for ten years!"

    To balance things, I did meet Bob a few years back at Sesame Place and got to talk with him for a good five minutes, plus he was gracious enough to sign a bunch of LP's and pose for a bunch of pix. So I can't complain too much.
  11. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry you got cut off too. It feels frustrating to be THAT CLOSE and get turned away, after waiting patiently with everybody else getting their turn "Frank, please do your Miss Piggy voice for us PLEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAASSSSSEEEE!":mad:
    Maybe we'll have better luck next time.:)
  12. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I'm so upset that I missed it, I could just cry. :cry::sympathy: Oh well.... at least I got to visit the set last April, so that's better than nothing. ;)
  13. Neil565

    Neil565 Member

    Oh? How'd that happen? Please fill us in :).
  14. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Do you mean visiting the set or not attending the lecture?
  15. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Member

    i Meant to ask Sonia about that... how does one get into the set? I've heard of it being done many times. And is there a fee?

    When i seen her at the singing all these other questions poped up... and i honestly i was just so amazed to see her that i dont recall our whole convo.
  16. Neil565

    Neil565 Member

    The set :). I'd love to get the chance to take a camera over there and film a mini documentary of my visit, let alone just get the chance to take pictures on it and see how things are done :)..
  17. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Well it all goes back to July 2007. My parents let me go to one of the national puppet festivals that was being done in St. Paul Minnesota. Since I am very interested in puppetry, especially Muppet-style, I thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to get a hands-on approach to the field. The great thing about it was that Marty Robinson came over and did a Q&A seminar with Telly Monster and I thought that this would be my one chance to meet someone involved with the Henson Company. Two days before the session, I ran into him just before a screening was about to begin. We chatted for awhile and before the end of the week, I told him about what I wanted to do and asked if I could visit the set. He said of course, and we playted email tag for al most a year, until we agreed to meet up on the last day of taping season 39 (4/10/08).

    When my folks and I got to the studio, they started shooting some inserts with Big Bird (Caroll Spinney), where he goes to the mailbox and pulls out the "Letter of the Day", which Nadine Zylsta was directing. They then shot the part where The Count (Jerry Nelson, voice not puppetry) pulls out the lottery ball for the" Number of the Day". Marty came in a little later on and we got to chat for a little bit about what we were each up to. He also told me that he was engaged to Annie Evans at that point.

    I then got to talk with Caroll Spinney for a little bit before he left for home and he graciously signed my copy of "Sesame Street Unpaved". I didn't get to talk to Jerry Nelson, but when he came into the studio, he was carrying on oxygen tank. When I saw him and he saw me, he smiled and said hello, which was a great thing to hear from him. He obviously wasn't going to let his health get the best of him. When they were shooting scenes with The Count, Jerry was unable to manipulate the puppet, but he still did the voice beautifully while Victor Yerrid (I think that's who it was) worked the puppet. Leslie Carrera came up to me with Abby Cadabby in her arms and just blew me away with how she approached me. When I told her about me wanting to get into puppetry, Abby listened to me do a different range of voices that I could do. Leslie then signed my "Unpaved" bookand told me about her work with the Muppets. She mentioned that she was uncomfortable with taking over Morton the Elephant in season two of "The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss", as well as doing work for "Muppets Tonight".

    There were other performers at the studio that day, including David Rudmin and Pam Arciero, in which Marty told me that a lot of people have trouble pronouncing her last name. One of the studio ladies gave my family a tour of the set and showed me the Muppet Workshop area just fifteen steps away from Big Bird's nest. On racks stood Baby Bear (with "Number of the Day" vest), Rosita (in Help-O-Bot costume), Count Von Count, two Telly Monsters (one in Help-O-Bot costume), and a little hot pink A.M. Monster with little orange horns. In a special cabinet were several Elmo's and Cookie Monster. There were boxes with labels on the such as "Big Bird Feathers", and lots of cool backstage photos, including a very cute B&W one of Miss Piggy with her arm around Elmo (probably just a general picture that the Workshop took). Ther was also a workshop lady working on Telly's "Letter of the Day" vest, as she wa ironing the letter J on it.

    The visit lasted for two and a half hours, until our guiding lady had to get us to leave right away wihout saying goodbye to Marty before we could since other visiters were coming in. All in all, it was the best day of my life.

    Lately I've been keeping in touch with Marty and showing him some puppet videos that I made on youtube.com. He said that so far he loves him and mentioned that I had a lot of talent. Hopefully this means beng able to join his Muppet family in the future.
  18. sesameguy

    sesameguy Member

    I'm sorry I couldn't be there for the event as well, but I'm glad so many of us got the chance to be there. It was indeed a unique event that I hope we'll get to see more of.
  19. KerMatttheFrog

    KerMatttheFrog New Member

    You know, I am pretty sure that the casual observer of the lecture would likely walk away thinking that Frank Oz was a big stiff for not doing his Miss Piggy voice for that woman who requested it. I talked with a few hardcore fans and we all agreed that in reality, that was just the characterization of his reverence for his work with the Muppets. He didn't want it to be cheapened to a "party trick" as he put it. The current puppeteers prepared to perform came prepared with their Muppets. The one exception being when Spinney talked about how Big Bird's voice came to be, but that was to illustrate a point.

    As much as I am an even bigger TMS fan than SS and would have loved hearing Frank perform any of his characters, his explanation for why he would NOT do it was completely meaningful and gave even MORE value to those performances we all have grown to love.
  20. Neil565

    Neil565 Member


    That's just too cool :). Any pictures to share with us? I didn't get a chance to talk to marty at the event. I was patiently waiting for something else, and he walked away to go talk to someone behind me, heh.

    And if memory serves, Marty was also working on TMNT 1 as one of the Turtle Puppeteers


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