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Famed "Sesame Street" Puppeteer Caroll Spinney will Speak at WSRE

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PENSACOLA, Fla., July 20, 2015 – Caroll Spinney has been the man inside Big Bird from the beginning. With support from Gulf Power Company, WSRE’s Public Square Speakers Series will present the famed “Sesame Street” puppeteer at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. Admission is free.
 
In 1969, Jim Henson persuaded Spinney to join the cast of “Sesame Street,” which premiered later that year, as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Since then, his characters have been seen on more than 3,900 shows, and “Sesame Street” is now viewed in more than 150 countries on all kinds of media. According to Sesame Street Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street” which provides educational learning resources through television and other media, more than 6 million viewers watch each week.
 
Since achieving worldwide renown, Spinney has made guest appearances on many other television shows, always as Big Bird and Oscar. He has performed in specials with Julie Andrews and Bob Hope, starred in his own 90-minute special, “Big Bird in China,” and marked his motion picture debut in a starring role with “Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird.” He has earned four Emmy Awards, two Gold Records and two Grammy Awards.
 
Spinney’s book, “The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers,” is an inspirational memoir sharing wisdom gleaned from his work creating and portraying one of the world’s most beloved characters. A new documentary, “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story,” was recently released by Tribeca Film and will be showing locally beginning Aug. 28 at Tree House Cinema in Gulf Breeze.
 
Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Big Bird has captivated children around the world for more than 30 years. At the podium, Spinney will discuss how he has helped children reach their highest potential through his “Sesame Street” characters.
 
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are requested. Learn more at wsre.org/speakers. This Public Square Speakers Series event is sponsored in part by Gulf Power Company.

Photo Note: Caroll Spinney, “Sesame Street” puppeteer and author of “The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers,” will speak at WSRE on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

Media Relations Contact:
Mary Riker
mriker@wsre.org