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Public Square Speakers Series

WSRE’s new Public Square Speakers Series brings personalities, who have achieved renown for their contributions to education, the arts, sciences or media, to the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio for public conversations on noteworthy topics and important issues. Public Square events are open to the public. Admission is free!

2015 Speakers:

  • Feb 17 Rick Bragg
  • May 19 Rory Kennedy
  • Sept 15 Caroll Spinney
  • Nov 17 Alexandra Cousteau

2016 Speakers:

  • Feb 25 James McLurkin

Programs begin at 7 p.m. ▪ Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
Open to the Public ▪ Free Admission

Directions: WSRE is located on the Pensacola State College campus (building 23) at 1000 College Blvd. in Pensacola. The station sits at the corner of 12th Ave. and College Blvd. Parking for the Amos Studio is located at the west end of the station, off College Blvd. near the PSC Hartsell Arena and pool.

Caroll Spinney

WSRE Presents: 

Caroll Spinney

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
 

A puppeteer since he was eight years old, Caroll Spinney has been the man inside the bird from the beginning. Also playing Oscar the Grouch, his characters have been seen on more than 3,900 shows.

Jim Henson, who was working with Joan Ganz Cooney and the Children’s Television Workshop to develop characters for a new educational children’s television show, saw Spinney perform a combined puppetry and animation show at the Puppeteers of America Festival in Salt Lake City in 1969. Henson persuaded Spinney to come to New York to join the cast of Sesame Street, which premiered later that year.

Spinney is the author of The Wisdom of Big Bird (And the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers, an inspirational memoir in which he shares the wisdom that he has gleaned over the years from his work creating and portraying one of the world’s most beloved characters. In an honest and endearing tone, Spinney vividly recalls a life enriched by pursuing and attaining his childhood dream.

Optimism, knowledge and diversity are the values around which Sesame Street is built. At the podium, Spinney discusses how he’s helped children reach their highest potential.

Starting with a show in his neighborhood barn, for which he charged two cents admission, Spinney set out to be “a puppeteer on the best kids’ show in the world.” After attending art school in Boston, he launched his television career in Las Vegas, where he created a show titled Rascal Rabbit in 1955. Returning to Boston, he first joined the Judy and Goggle Show as a puppeteer, and then moved over to The Bozo Show where he stayed for ten years.

Since achieving worldwide renown on Sesame Street, 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, in 1982 and made appearances in the second and third Night of 100 Stars, Broadway’s televised tribute and fundraiser for fellow thespians. Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird marked Spinney’s motion picture debut in a starring role.

Spinney has earned four Emmy Awards, two Gold Records and two Grammy Awards. Sesame Street has won numerous awards for its groundbreaking work.

Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Big Bird has captivated children around the world for more than 30 years. Today, Sesame Street is viewed in more than 150 countries on all kinds of media. More than 6 million young viewers watch each week, while more than 82 million are Sesame Street “graduates.” (Source: sesameworkshop.org)