Saving: Brought To You By the Letter ‘S’
By Paul Solman
How to get us to save, the importance of self-control. Weighty issues deserving of discussion in the light of last Friday’s visit to Sesame Street. But what America wants to know, I’m guessing: What’s it like to interview Grover? (Not the tax-axing Norquist, of course, but the non-political blue blur of fur whose first name alone suffices, in the manner of Madonna, Bono, or Snuffleupagus.)
First fact: The interviewer must position himself above the duo that compromise the schtick figure, since Grover is animated from below and must be shot solo, lest the illusion of independence be shattered.
Second: Camera crews are obliged to hook up the video feed to a TV set, so that Gover’s lower half can watch the shooting as it happens, and reposition himself off-screen should and error occur. We had to reshoot one sequence when the brains of the operation bobbed up briefly into view.
Third: The master beneath the Muppet, Eric Jacobson, is only the second Grover in the 42-year history of the Street. The first: the legendary Frank Oz.
Fourth: No surprise, but Jacobson is one quick study, adapting quickly to questions that were in no way pre-arranged. Indeed, when we sprang the marshmellow test on the plucky pair, we knew that the sugar puffs were hardly PBS children’s fare. But the Blue Boy and his chaperone remained in character, and were graciously accommodating.
Fifth: Though I’ve watched Grover on TV for decades, he proved no more intimidating in person than any other famous interviewee, and in fact, seemed surprisingly unaffected by his celebrity.
Finally, sixth: He’s a regular Dorian Grey, that Grover. Now 42 years old, it’s simply amazing how little he’s aged. Or slowed down.
Video produced by Elizabeth Shell.
Note: For more on the Sesame Street savings program “For Me, For You, For Later,” click here: http://bit.ly/iwJDkp
Two hundred years ago today, the General Land Office (GLO) opened its doors for business. Today that “land office business” continues at the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States office, which will commemorate the occasion with events scheduled throughout the year.
In 1812, a young American nation faced the challenge of transforming wilderness to agricultural use and acquiring the revenue to pay its war debts. The GLO was established to handle the business associated with the sale of public lands for private ownership, transforming wilderness to agricultural use, and generating income for the Federal government. The GLO, in fact, became the “Gateway to Land Ownership” for millions of Americans. As the successor agency to the original GLO, the BLM, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, was established in 1946 with the merger of the Grazing Service and the GLO.
Learn more about the history of the GLO and BLM here.
Photo: Bureau of Land Management
“We figured we could do it in a hundred years,” [UT Austin University Librarian Fred Heath] said. Google did it in two.
Lest we forget the incredible value proposition that Google presented to research libraries who participated in the scanning project.
I want Beastly NOW. Can you show us some new trailers,clips or pics? We deserve it,we have been waiting for so long! :(
You and the rest of BEASTLY fans can rejoice-The film will now open wide on March 4, 2011!