1 The Muppet Mindset: News Update: May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

News Update: May 30, 2014

MAY 30, 2014

On Wednesday night, Sesame Workshop held it's 12th Annual Gala honoring those who contribute to children's education. As always, the event was a Muppet and celebrity filled spectacular. Among the attendees were Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Michael Buble, and George Stephanopoulos. And of course, the Muppet performers, the Sesame Street Muppets, and Sesame Workshop personnel, such as Joan Ganz Cooney. Below are some of the pictures from the official Sesame Workshop Facebook page.
Joan Ganz Cooney, Michael Buble, and the Sesame Street Muppets (and their performers) 
Joan Ganz Cooney, Michael Buble, and the Sesame Street Muppets (and their performers) 
Barbara Walters and the Sesame Street Muppets
Joan Ganz Cooney and Michael Buble 
Diane Sawyer and the Sesame Street Muppets
Joan Ganz Cooney, Chloe Kimball, and Big Bird 
Michael Buble and Elmo
Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos, and the Sesame Street Muppets
Every year, one person receives the special honor at the annual gala. This year, the recipient was the extremely deserving Joan Ganz Cooney. At the gala, the video below was played as part of Joan's recognition ceremony. It's a beautiful and moving video that is not to be missed.

Our friend John Burke is a talented musician and piano soloist. He recently composed and performed his own piano solo version of "Rainbow Connection." Luckily for us, John recorded himself playing the song on piano. It's beautiful and truly made my day when I first listened to it. Check it out below.

In extremely sad news, poet laureate and acclaimed author, poet, and thinker Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86. Maya Angelou was a great friend to Sesame Street, appearing multiple times throughout the show's history and acting as narrator for 1996's Elmo Saves Christmas TV special. Beyond that, Maya Angelou was one of the most profound and respected writers of her era. Even till the end, Maya Angelou was spreading her message of love, acceptance, and equality. She will be very missed.

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, muppetmindset@gmail.com

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