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David D. Connell (October 6, 1931 - May 5, 1995) was the original executive producer of Sesame Street for the first three seasons, and Children's Television Workshop's vice-president in charge of production until season 19.

Connell, a former producer for Captain Kangaroo, played a key role in establishing the basic format of the "street" scenes. He was also the principal creative force behind The Man from Alphabet, a series of live action skits starring Gary Owens which failed in child tests and were never aired on Sesame Street. Connell also penned the lyrics for the song "Rub Your Tummy" (with music by Joe Raposo).

His credits include:

Connell's credits with CTW outside of Sesame Street include executive producer of The Electric Company (first season only) and Square One TV. He was also executive producer and co-writer of CTW's animated adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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