"One of the attitudes of 'Sesame Street' has been that children, even tiny ones, have a sense of humor. The other is that they are people. You don't get down on your knees and talk in a tiny voice. I think those are the strengths and the uniqueness of the show."
About This Interview
In his one-and-a-half hour Archive interview, writer Tony Geiss (1924-2011) speaks in great detail about his 28-year association as a writer of the classic children's series Sesame Street. He describes the basics of writing for the show, the importance of research, and his composition of the show's classic songs including "Butterfly" and "Elmo's World." He also talks about key creative talent from the series including Joan Ganz Cooney, Jon Stone and Joe Raposo. Additionally, he discusses his early years as a writer on such television series as WNET's Emmy-winning "How to Be Mayor of New York" and his work on "Comedy Tonight", "The David Frost Show" and various local New York broadcasts. Karen Herman conducted the interview at the Sesame Workshop in New York, NY on July 20, 2004.