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Sesame Street
A visit from Pete Seeger
Air date January 14, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Production December 17, 1969
Sponsors A, Q, U, 8, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Bob, Gordon, and the kids sit on the stoop of 123 Sesame Street clapping and singing along with Pete Seeger as he plays his banjo and sings "Skip to My Lou." Gordon greets the viewer and introduces Pete, who explains how families used to make music before television, movies, and other modern conveniences. After demonstrating how the banjo works, Pete sings "John Henry" as a demonstration of a way that people spread news to each other.
Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie complains when a big letter A appears on the TV screen, so Bert turns off the set, unplugs it, and Ernie takes a bunch of A objects out of the TV, including an acorn, apricots, an apron, an ape, and finally a letter A. When Bert plugs it back in, a big letter B appears on the screen.
(First: Episode 0007)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)

SCENE 2 Gordon, Bob, and the kids join Pete as he sings "Put Your Finger in the Air" and "Where's Your Point Finger." Pete explains that people sometimes sang songs to make their jobs go easier. He demonstrates by picking up a sledgehammer and using it to pound a log as he sings the spiritual "Take This Hammer."
Muppets Bob and the Anything Muppets sing "The People in Your Neighborhood": Fireman and Postman.
(First: Episode 0023)
Cartoon "Poverty U" -- A figure gives a salute to the letter U, and presents the letter with a bouquet of flowers.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0036)
Cartoon "Poverty Q" -- A figure demonstrates Q words, despite the unruly stem of his letter Q that keeps detaching itself.
SCENE 3 Gordon displays the letter Q and U, and says they're as close as Buddy and Jim.
Buddy Jim coins piggybank.jpg
Cast Buddy and Jim: Jim finds Buddy with his money (4 assorted coins) taped to his forehead for safekeeping. Jim has a better idea, and presents Buddy with a piggy bank. After transferring the coins, Jim also gives Buddy a key to open the bank. But where should Buddy keep the key? Tape that to his forehead? Nope, he merrily drops the key inside the piggy bank, since that's as safe a place as any!
(First: Episode 0031)

SCENE 4 Pete sings and tells the story of "Abiyoyo," the tale of a ukulele-playing boy and his magician father who find a way to rid the town of a terrible giant.
Film "Nine Song (Song of Nine)"
(First: Episode 0016)
Celebrity James Earl Jones counts to 10.
(First: Episode 0005)
Cartoon Jazz #8
(First: Episode 0016)

SCENE 5 Susan and Mr. Hooper have joined the group as Pete sings "I Had a Rooster," providing illustrations for the kids to sing along with. Everybody heads to Gordon and Susan's apartment for some refreshments as Gordon introduces another singer.
Cartoon A little girl sings "The Alphabet Song," while continually admonished by an adult in voice-over. (ending cut)
(First: Episode 0010)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)
Cartoon Q - quarter
(First: Episode 0046)
Cartoon "Poverty U" (repeat)
Muppets An Anything Muppet presents the letter U. Another Muppet repeatedly insists, "That's not a 'me,' that's a U!"
Ernie Bert thick bread toaster.jpg
Muppets Ernie attempts to make toast, but he thinks there's something wrong with Bert's side of the toaster. Bert points out that one slice of bread is too thick to fit in the toaster. He tells Ernie to insert the thinner slice, which works. Now Ernie thinks his side of the toaster has the problem.
(First: Episode 0024)
Muppets Kermit demonstrates big, bigger and biggest as the camera zooms in on him.

Film "Big, Bigger, Biggest"
A junior car dealer displays cars of different sizes to people of different sizes.
(First: Episode 0003)
SCENE 6 In the kitchen, Pete sings "Frere Jacques," adding new lyrics to reflect the small party they're having. The tune makes Pete yawn, leading to ...
Song "Rockabye Baby" is sung to a sleepy koala.

SCENE 7 Pete talks about the different languages people speak; he knows how to count to ten in German, and sings them briefly in the style of the "Numerosity" song. Pete sings "Guantanamera" with everyone joining in the chorus. Gordon does a bilingual sign off in English and Spanish, and Mr. Hooper announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Mr. Hooper holds the Sesame Street sign and a bunch of Muppet hippies hold the Children's Television Workshop sign.

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