November 10 is the 50th anniversary of the premier of Sesame Street.
Yes, shortly after man walked on the moon for the first time in 1969, public television premiered this educational television show for children. The show would revolutionize both television and education, inaugurating a time when TV dominated family time and students expected to be entertained as they learned.
That year in his message for World Communications Day, Pope Paul VI said, “Indeed, who can claim today not to be affected by a phenomenon of such world-wide proportions as the ever growing expansion, of the press, radio, motion pictures and television, or by their immense influence on families?”+
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