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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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In the Beginning

In the Beginning

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(p.35) In the Beginning
Source:
When We Were Free to Be
Author(s):

Carole Hart

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff.7

This chapter presents a tale of magical connections and sublime collaborations. It is a story about the creation of Free to Be … You and Me, but it begins with a short prelude about Sesame Street. The author and her husband, Bruce Hart, had just received their first Emmy Award for their work together as writers on Sesame Street. They joined the project with the Children's Television Workshop before the show even had a name. Once it did, Bruce sat down with composer Joe Raposo in a small room with a grand piano, where they wrote Sesame Street's title song. That experience and the recognition they received from it brought Marlo Thomas to the author, through their agent at the William Morris Agency, Scott Shukat.

Keywords:   magical connections, sublime collaborations, Sesame Street, Bruce Hart, Emmy Award, Children's Television Workshop

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