Sesame Street creator Lloyd Morrisett dies at 83

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Sesame Street creator Lloyd Morrisett dies at 83

Lloyd Morrisett died on Monday, Sesame Workshop announced. Lloyd is a Lifetime Honorary Trustee, leaving an enormous legacy among generations of children the world over, with Sesame Street being the most visible tribute to a lifetime of good work and lasting impact, Sesame Workshop originally known as the Children's Television Workshop writing of one of its founders.

In 1968, Morrisett co-founded the Children's Television Workshop with his close friend and fellow Sesame Street creator Joan Ganz Cooney, where he continued to serve as chairman of the workshop board until 2000. He remained a board member until he died.

The duo decided to create a TV series that would give disadvantaged children the chance to prepare for school, backed by the Civil Rights Movement and the war on poverty. They created Sesame Street in 1969. After spawning the hit children's series, the Children's Television Workshop was later renamed as the Sesame Workshop.

Without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no Sesame Street. He was the one who came up with the idea of using television to teach preschoolers basic skills, such as letters and numbers. He was a trusted partner and loyal friend to me for over fifty years, and he will be sorely missed, said Ganz Cooney of his passing.

From 1969 to 1998, Morrisett also served as president of The John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, during which time he launched the foundation's program in communications and information technology. Prior to joining the Markle Foundation, he served as vice president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Morrisett was born in Oklahoma City in 1929 and received his B.A. The Oberlin College is where you can learn more about it. He became a trustee of the college and was named chairman of the board from 1975 to 1981. He later did graduate work in psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles and earned his Ph.D. in psychology. D. in experimental psychology at Yale University.