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Sesame Street
Tony Saletan visits
Air date December 16, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Production November 14, 1969
Sponsors G, O, Z, 4

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon greets the viewer, and hears the sound of a typewriter coming from Ernie's apartment …
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie reads Bert a dramatic story that he's just written. The "story" is actually the alphabet, which Ernie reads in an overwrought manner.
(First: Episode 0009)
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SCENE 2 Gordon encounters folk singer Tony Saletan and invites everyone to gather around the steps of 123 Sesame Street. He's joined by Susan, Big Bird, Mr. Hooper, and some kids who listen to him sing a song about letters ("So Merry, So Merry Are We") re-written specially for the Sesame Street gang, and one about numbers ("Ten Little Angels"). Gordon points out that it takes practice to count backwards.
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket falls over.
(First: Episode 0018)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket blows up in a shower of soot.
(First: Episode 0018)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The announcer blasts off.
(First: Episode 0018)
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SCENE 3 Mr. Hooper advertises the letter Z using a series of art cards. After his pitch, Susan invites everyone into her apartment for milk, cookies, and pie.
Film Four Song (Song of Four)
(First: Episode 0006)
Cartoon "Jazz #4"
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 4 In the kitchen, Tony sings "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," taking suggestions from the children for new verses. Then he plays an instrumental of "Cripple Creek" while Gordon demonstrates how a dancing wooden Limberjack doll works. Susan places an apple pie on the table, leading to the next segment …
Film "The Little Baker": A boy imagines that he's a baker.
(First: Episode 0020)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Cookie Monster drinks both of Kermit's glasses of milk, which he was going to use to explain "more" and "less". When Kermit insults Cookie Monster, several of Cookie Monster's monster pals gang up on Kermit, prompting him to point out that now there are more monsters and less frogs.
(First: Episode 0004)
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 5 Gordon promises that Tony is going to play some more swinging tunes, but if you really want to see somebody swing, watch this swinging ape...
Film A gibbon swings, and an audience cheers when the film ends.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0009)
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SCENE 6 Tony sings Woody Guthrie's "Pick It Up" and "Mi Chacra" (My Farm), teaching animal names in Spanish. Bob then stops by and displays a Persian cat. He counts its four paws.
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert overhears Ernie drawing a picture of a dog with five legs. Bert thinks the fifth leg is a tail, because the other four legs have paws. Bert asks about the fifth leg, "Where's its paw?" Ernie replies, "It's gone shopping with its maw."
(First: Episode 0010)
Film Four Song (Song of Four) (repeat)
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 7 In the yard, Susan explains that Bob and the kids took the cat back to the Pet Shop. While she's sitting there, she reads Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack. After the story, she says that everyone should really see Buddy's new jacket...
Cast Buddy and Jim β€” Buddy comes home with a new jacket and Jim tries to find out how to get him to see the large label still on it.
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 8 Gordon encounters Big Bird trying to memorize the letter G. He even wrote it down on a piece of paper, and has an unusual reason why he's trying to remember it: "gee" is what he exclaimed when he learned his sister Tondalea has just hatched fourteen new eggs. Gordon then remembers that he's holding a wheel, and points us to the next film.

Film Different kinds of wheels are shown and what they’re used for.
(First: Episode 0013)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: O for Open
(First: Episode 0014)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” As Bert takes a nap, Ernie tells the viewer how he knows that Bert is asleep - thus waking Bert up, just to tell him it's time for his nap.
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SCENE 9 On the steps, Tony sings Guthrie's "Gonna Take Everybody (All Work Together)" with the kids. Gordon signs off, with Susan announcing the sponsors and today's book.

CLOSING SIGNS A bunch of hippies hold up the Sesame Street sign and Gordon and Susan hold up the CTW sign at the end.


  • This episode marks the first time that the Spanish language is spoken (and sung) on the show. Beginning in season 2, the Latino culture would become a regular part of the Sesame Street curriculum.

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