After 50 Years on 'Sesame Street', the voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch is retiring. Caroll Spinney was in his early 30s when Jim Henson asked him to join the Muppets. Most of us think and act in plain sight – Spinney’s work - his thoughts and words, hopes and dreams, and efforts and successes - were through the gestures and voices he gave to his puppets. Imagine how hard it was for him to make the kind of impact he’s had on children and society over the past 50 years; now think how hard you work to do what you do, live and in person. In reality, dreaming about what could be and making it happen occurs in our hearts and then takes shape in our minds: how it all comes out is almost secondary. Whether you’re a puppeteer, or the puppet, remember that innovation can happen anywhere, at any time. Believe in your dreams and make them happen today.
Caroll Spinney (b. 1933): American puppeteer and cartoonist