Sesame Street creator Lloyd Morrisette has died at the age of 93. The Republic Monitor reports it.
“Lloyd leaves a huge and indelible legacy among generations of children around the world, and Sesame Street is just the most visible tribute to a lifetime of good work,” Sesame Workshop said in a statement.
The company’s co-founder, Joan Ganz Cooney, shared that she couldn’t imagine the world of Sesame without Morrisette. Joan said that she first introduced the idea of using television to educate young children before they go to school.
Lloyd Morrisett was born in Oklahoma on November 2, 1929. In 1951, he received a BA in philosophy from Oberlin College. Morrisett later earned a doctorate in experimental medicine from Yale University.
Morrisett began teaching at the UC Berkeley School of Education. However, academic life did not impress him. The idea for Sesame Street came to him in December 1965. Morrisette then saw that his three-year-old daughter Sarah easily memorized all the jingles on television.