The Mind Behind Sesame Street Lloyd Morrisett Passed Away At 93

The late Lloyd Morrisett was a co-creator of Sesame Street whose fascination as to whether tv could be used as a teaching device was sparked when he saw his little daughter focusing on a Television test sequence. He passed away at the old age of 93. According to his daughter Julie, Morrisett passed away on Sunday in his San Diego residence from natural causes. She said, “I think we’d all be stupider,” when asked what we might have been without her dad.

The Children’s Television Studio was founded in March 1968 by Joan Ganz Cooney, a director for a New York public TV station, and Morrisett, who was working as an innovative teacher for the charity Carnegie Corp. of New York at the time.

Sesame Street was born on November 10, 1969, and during its first year, it attracted upwards of half of the 12 million children in the country. In February 1966, Cooney and her husband’s Nyc apartment served as the setting for a formal dinner where Morrisett, a psychologist by training, related the tale of waking early on a Sunday morning to discover his daughter, Sarah, engaged in front of the tv. Lloyd  informed Karen Herman in a 2004 appearance for the Television Academy Foundation website The Interviews that “there was something interesting about it.” What would it mean for a kid to be monitoring a channel identification signal? I had no idea.

“I asked Joan, ‘Do you believe that younger kids could be taught through tvs?'” I don’t know, but I’d love to discuss it, she responded. Cooney took some time off from her work at Channel 13 at spent three months traveling all over North America to converse with teachers, child therapists, child health care experts, and channel producers for the project called ” The Potential Uses of Television in Preschool Education,” which was financially backed by Carnegie corp.

Morrisett persuaded his Carnegie bosses to give Sesame Street a $1 million investment. He then petitioned the Ford Foundation, which had previously rejected him, to give him $1.5 million, and the U.S. Office of Education, which gave him $4 million. By the summertime of 1968, he had scraped together the $8 million required for the series’s debut season. Morrisett had no option but to choose the unorganized network of free Television channels for operating across the nation because corporate networks like Westinghouse and NBC did not intend to broadcast Sesame Street without ads.

Sesame Street has received five Peabody Awards and approximately 200 Emmy awards since its inception more than 50 years ago. It is now the most prominent educator in existence, reaching hundreds of millions of kids and their parents annually in more than 140 countries. Only three shows have ever received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, and Sesame Street is one of them. Sesame Street wouldn’t exist without Lloyd Morrisett, according to a statement released by Cooney. He was the one who initially proposed the idea of utilizing tv to educate children on fundamental concepts like the alphabet and numbers.

Lloyd Morrisett hailed from Oklahoma City. He was born in the winter of 1929. He spent most of his childhood in New York City. His father was a professor at UCLA, and his mother was a home decorator. Morrisett graduated from high school in 1947 and got his B.A in liberal arts from Oberlin College in 1951, which is in Ohio. He got his degree in psychology at UCLA and received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology in 1956 from Yale.

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