Sesame Street was my one big television appearance as a kid.
Being in the show open every day for several years can go to a kid’s head. I’m lucky I didn’t end up like the Diff’rent Strokes kids, bless.
Other kids around the neighborhood were regulars on the show. I was jealous of those kids. They got out of school early to go do the show. They knew Gordon and Maria, Big Bird, Mr Hooper, Oscar, Kermit, all of ’em. They partied with Grover. Ernie and Bert had them out to the Hamptons.
Back then, Sesame Street was filmed on 81st Street and Broadway, in a building that now houses a Starbucks and a Staples. But they did their show opens outside, around the neighborhood. They spotted me in Riverside Park and offered my mother a million dollars to let them put me on camera.
Actually, they just had her sign a waiver. I don’t think there was even a Craft Services snack table.
I’m the very serious 2-year-old on the swing a few seconds in.