November 10, 1969

On November 10, 1969, “Sesame Street” premiered on PBS TV. Automatonophobia reared its ugly head and the rational fear of Muppets was created in a generation of children. When children would go to bed and ask their parents, “Will Kermit eat my soul when I close my eyes and go to sleep?” Their parents had to reluctantly say, “Yes. Yes, the bastard offspring of Cthulhu will eat your soul unless you learn your ABCs and how to draw a protective pentagram around your bed each night.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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