A Tribute to Sesame Street

A Tribute to Sesame Street

Alejandra Valera
Nov 16, 2009

40. Sesame Street recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. They say that 40 is the new 30, but in Sesame Street's case it is three, four and five. What child those ages hasn't been touched by Sesame Street in one way or another? And not just in our country, but children from all over the world.

Berwyn, Illinois artist, Miro Ledajaks, writes a touching anecdote on the effects Sesame Street had on his life:

"I was brought to the U.S. as a 4-year-old from a communist country in August, 1969. About three months later 'Sesame Street' came on the air...it was and still is a very well-written and produced program and I believe it had a profound effect on my life that helped shape who I am today.

I came back to painting a few years ago and decided to incorporate a pop aspect to my work. It was only natural to pay tribute to some of my favorite Sesame Street characters. Sesame Street, above all, showed me that art, and expression through art, was a very important part of life. I was truly and deeply influenced by Sesame Street. Even though I was only 4- and 5-years-old I feel that I saw a unique quality in the show. To me Sesame Street wasn't/isn't just some mindless television show; it was/is a shaper of lives, in a very good and important way.

Thank you Sesame Street, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Muppeteers and everyone who made all those amazing characters come to life."

From his Sesame Street inspiration comes the body of work you see above. Terrific! Thank you for sharing your story Miro.

What is your favorite Sesame Street memory?

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