Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

Today, Caroll Spinney who has acted the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969, announced his retirement from Sesame Street. Fortunately for Atlantans and visitors to Atlanta, we can visit them anytime we want at the Center for Puppetry Arts!


Big Bird | Caroll Spinney | Center for Puppetry Arts | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Big Bird | Caroll Spinney | Center for Puppetry Arts | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

I watched more than my share of Sesame Street when I was a kid and I'll always be a fan. Of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. I didn't know Caroll Spinney as a kid, but did get to know him better at Dragon Con in Atlanta. He was a featured guest more than once. The memories he's given me through these two endearing characters are countless.


Oscar the Grouch | Caroll Spinney | Center for Puppetry Arts | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Oscar the Grouch | Caroll Spinney | Center for Puppetry Arts | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

My friend Alison—we volunteered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History together for three years—shared with me earlier that Oscar was one of her favorites. I've invited her to Atlanta to see him "in-person" at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Come on down, Alison....let's have a rotten day!

The Jim Henson Collection, where Oscar is on display, is phenomenal. All of your favorite Muppets are there, from Kermit the Frog to Miss Piggy to Pigs in Space to Bert and Ernie, and yes, even Elmo

If you want a FULL Muppets experience, go see the screening of "The Muppet Christmas Carol" on Saturday, December 8, but get there early...your tickets for the film includes museum entry! You get to experience the Worlds of Puppetry Museum—including The Jim Henson Collection—before the movie!

A personal "Thank you!" to Caroll Spinney and Sesame Street for all the wonderful memories.

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