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My father did some work for CTW in the 1970s. He’d bring us home Sesame Street albums and once we cleaned our rooms were allowed to listen to them. One time, Dad took my sister and me to visit the set of Sesame Street. We sat on this stoop and looked into Mr. Hooper’s store. Nobody was filming. The crew was busy. I remember a kid riding a bike around. We sat there, next to Oscar’s garbage can, quietly, and wondered where Mr. Hooper was.

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1 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 22, 2013 9:36 am

that stoop is an American treasure

2 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 22, 2013 9:45 am

Indeed it is.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 22, 2013 11:14 am

I freelanced for Sesame Workshop (the name they adopted a few years ago from Children's Television Workshop) on the pilot for the new Electric Company and I have a close friend who works transpo on Sesame Street and appeared in the background for a few episodes. Having grown up on both original shows, it was certainly a significant event in my life.

4 thelarmis   ~  Jul 22, 2013 12:00 pm

awesome on all accounts. and sesame street music is pretty fantastic.

5 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jul 22, 2013 12:17 pm

A client of my former employer's did a partnership with Sesame Workshop on music education some years back. We visited the set when they filmed a video for the project, and we were all there in our suits trying not to look like the excited kids we'd all turned back into.

As production people scurried and cables crossed the floor, we asked where we could watch without getting in the way. Someone pointed, "over there." And "over there" was on the stools at Mr. Hooper's counter. We all just about lost our shit. Got to have dinner later with Bob McGrath and he as as nice as you'd hope and then some.

Also: When they're not using the Snuffleupagus costume, it hangs from the rafters. It was like the weirdest retired jersey in Boston Garden.

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