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September 15, 1990 | ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Big Bird and Ernie met baby strollers--lots of them--parked outside the nation's first Sesame Street retail store, which opened Thursday at South Coast Plaza. The Sesame Street General Store, which loosely resembles the set of the long-running Public Broadcasting Service television show, is the first of a dozen such outlets due to open in 1990. Three more stores will open this fall, in Glendale, Palo Alto and San Francisco. The Sesame Street store, operated by Sesame Street Retail Stores Inc.
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October 23, 2009 | Reuters
It's always a sunny day on Sesame Street in the West Bank, where the neighbors are friendly and the muppets never see an Israeli army checkpoint. "Shara'a Simsim" teaches Palestinian children they can achieve an independent state through tolerance, education and national pride -- and not anti-Israeli violence. "Our problem is that for so long, we've been focusing on resistance, and we gave up on other things like culture, education and tolerance," said Daoud Kuttab, executive producer of the Palestinian version of the TV show.
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June 7, 1990 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
Children who have wished they could step into their TV screens over the years to join their heroes on Sesame Street may have their chance. The famous cast of characters, including Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is about to appear in a retail store at South Coast Plaza. The Sesame Street General Store is scheduled to open Sept. 1 near the carousel, across from FAO Schwarz and the Disney Store.
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May 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
"Puppet regimes" are back in the Middle East. Once again, they're promoting peace, diversity and the importance of brushing your teeth. New episodes of "Sesame Street" are going on TV in Israel and the Palestinian territories, producers report, years after the original versions signed off because of a lack of funds. As with the popular U.S. program -- designed to enhance basic educational content for youngsters -- producers tailored the Mideast casts and story lines to fit the audiences.
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October 1, 1992
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May 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
"Puppet regimes" are back in the Middle East. Once again, they're promoting peace, diversity and the importance of brushing your teeth. New episodes of "Sesame Street" are going on TV in Israel and the Palestinian territories, producers report, years after the original versions signed off because of a lack of funds. As with the popular U.S. program -- designed to enhance basic educational content for youngsters -- producers tailored the Mideast casts and story lines to fit the audiences.
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July 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Military families trying to tell their young children about Mom or Dad's lengthy deployment overseas are about to get some help from Elmo and the gang at "Sesame Street." Sesame Workshop has produced a DVD, in English and Spanish, that will be distributed free to military families next month. The DVD shows Elmo and his parents preparing for Elmo's dad to be deployed, though it doesn't say where he's going.
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September 2, 2005 | From Newsday
"The Electric Company" is coming back -- but not for kids. Sesame Workshop (formerly Children's Television Workshop) is working on a four-DVD boxed set that will be released Feb. 7, featuring 24 of the 780 episodes of the series that aired on PBS from 1971 to 1977. "The Electric Company" emphasized reading skills for young minds who had graduated from "Sesame Street." The soundtrack won a Grammy in 1972, and the writers won an Emmy in 1973. The DVD has been in the works for years.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Toy Cymbals Recalled: The cymbals on about 9,200 Sesame Street Rhythm Band sets will be replaced because a New York toy company says the parts pose a choking hazard for small children. Lewco Corp. said it will replace the Oscar the Grouch cymbals for its model 3553 band sets because "the heads detached from the cymbals." Consumers should discard the original cymbals and contact LEWCO Corp., 1107 Broadway-Suite 905, New York, N.Y., 10010 for replacements.
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December 26, 2006 | David Bauder, Associated Press
Children left behind when their mother or father or sometimes both are sent away to fight are the hidden casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A PBS special with advice on how families can hold together during wartime separations is both a practical guide and a window into a world that many Americans are unfamiliar with.
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July 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Military families trying to tell their young children about Mom or Dad's lengthy deployment overseas are about to get some help from Elmo and the gang at "Sesame Street." Sesame Workshop has produced a DVD, in English and Spanish, that will be distributed free to military families next month. The DVD shows Elmo and his parents preparing for Elmo's dad to be deployed, though it doesn't say where he's going.
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March 24, 2006 | Don Oldenburg, Washington Post
How young is too young to park a baby in front of the TV set? The American Academy of Pediatrics' rule has been steadfast: No television under age 2. Now the venerable educational organization that pioneered "Sesame Street" is lowering that age limit with a new DVD series, "Sesame Beginnings," which targets babies and toddlers from 6 months to 2 years.
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September 2, 2005 | From Newsday
"The Electric Company" is coming back -- but not for kids. Sesame Workshop (formerly Children's Television Workshop) is working on a four-DVD boxed set that will be released Feb. 7, featuring 24 of the 780 episodes of the series that aired on PBS from 1971 to 1977. "The Electric Company" emphasized reading skills for young minds who had graduated from "Sesame Street." The soundtrack won a Grammy in 1972, and the writers won an Emmy in 1973. The DVD has been in the works for years.
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October 16, 2003 | Maria D. Laso, Special to The Times
Sunny, cloud-sweepin' days on Sesame Street, where the air is sweet with magic, are celebrated on "Songs From the Street: 35 Years of Music." "There is a magic about 'Sesame Street' that endures no matter what your age," says Trisha Yearwood, whose "I'm Talkin' Love" is on the three-CD box set. "I forgot there were people operating those Muppets, and I found myself talking to them." Clearly, folks behind the "Sesame Street" anniversary project hope former "Street" kids also feel that magic.
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May 21, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
An 8-foot-tall, lemon-yellow bird with orange feet is pretty hard to miss, and yet this enduring symbol of "Sesame Street" and one of the world's most recognizable public figures often travels incognito. At least that's what happens when Big Bird is out and about in the persona of the considerably less recognizable Caroll Spinney.
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April 1, 1998 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Courage is not a quality usually associated with the production of the children's educational television series "Sesame Street," on which innocent Muppets teach the ABCs and 1-2-3s. But put an Israeli Muppet on "Rehov Sumsum" and a Palestinian Muppet on "Sharaa Simsim," let the purple and orange monsters meet and suddenly the words "courageous" and "brave" are being used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian co-production that begins airing today.
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October 16, 2003 | Maria D. Laso, Special to The Times
Sunny, cloud-sweepin' days on Sesame Street, where the air is sweet with magic, are celebrated on "Songs From the Street: 35 Years of Music." "There is a magic about 'Sesame Street' that endures no matter what your age," says Trisha Yearwood, whose "I'm Talkin' Love" is on the three-CD box set. "I forgot there were people operating those Muppets, and I found myself talking to them." Clearly, folks behind the "Sesame Street" anniversary project hope former "Street" kids also feel that magic.
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July 17, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN and LISA FACKLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Public Broadcasting Service sent a letter to a group of concerned lawmakers Tuesday assuring them that no public funding is going toward the introduction of an HIV-positive Muppet in the South African production of the children's show "Sesame Street," while reiterating that there are no plans to introduce a similar character in the U.S. PBS President Pat Mitchell was responding to a letter from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.
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February 4, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Getting to "Sesame Street'' is going to be a little bit easier for the show's youngest viewers, starting today. The home of Big Bird and Elmo enters its 33rd season with what it is calling its most extensive overhaul, a result of intense competition in the children's TV arena and an audience that is getting ever younger. The overall goal was to make the show simpler to follow.
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