It’s the first day of Spring, which also means that it's the tallest resident on Sesame Street's birthday! Big Bird first appeared when the show premiered in 1969, but he doesn't look a day over 6 (the age he is frozen in). To celebrate, the Sesame Workshop interviewed Caroll Spinney (Big Bird's human), where he talks about the saddest day in Big Bird's life:
The saddest one we did was Big Bird discovering what death means when Mr. Hooper died. They said, “Don’t’ you understand? Mr. Hooper has died.” And I said, “Yes, well when is he coming back?” They said, “Don’t you understand? Mr. Hooper is never coming back,” and quickly everyone is moved to tears. It was probably the most sensitive show we have ever done. When we finished there were tears on all the actors’ faces. When I came out of the suit, I had to have a towel because I had been crying.
But today is about celebrating life! So let's take a look at one of the big yellow guy's old school birthday parties:
A few years ago we were invited over to Big Bird's house, which you can check out here—he's definitely got the decor of a 6 year old!