Tuesday, December 4, 2018

David Allen writes

Club Red

I am still trying
to figure out what
Sesame Street is
all about, playing
on the TV screens
over the bar.
Last time I wandered
in here there were
young college co-eds 
showing their titties
at some X-rated Spring Break.
Now I watch
Conjunction Junction
and figure, hell,
both videos make some
kind of perverted sense
at Open Mike poetry night
at the Club Red.
Related image
Sesame Street Muppet characters


  1. Lloyd Morrisett, a psychologist with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Joan Ganz Cooney, a documentary producer for WNET, New York's pioneer educational TV station, created the Children's Television Workshop and its major production, "Sesame Street." The show premiered on 10 Novemeber 1969 and still airs daily, combining live action, sketch comedy, animation, and puppetry to prepare young children for school. It was the 1st children's TV show to use educational goals and a curriculum to shape its content. It was also the first time that a show's educational effects were formally studied. Much of its success was due to the Muppet creations of Jim Henson. As a Home Economics major at the university of Maryland, he began doing puppet shows for WRC-TV in Washington, DC, in 1954. He developed his Muppets from flexible, fabric-covered foam rubber, allowing them to express a wide array of emotions, and their arms were moved by rods
    instead of strings for greater control of expression. In addition, he pioneered the use of the frame defined by the camera shot to let the puppeteer work off-camera. Over the years the program has won 167 Emmy Awards and 8 Grammy Awards.

  2. In 1969 David McCall of the ad agency McCaffrey & McCall realized that children who had trouble remembering schoolwork could easily recite popular songs. With the help of his creative director George Newall, who was also a jazz pianist, he recruited bebop and cool jazz vocalist, pianist, composer, songwriter, arranger, and producer Bob Dorough to put the multiplication tables to music. Tom Yohe then added animation to Dorough's song "Three Is a Magic Number," and McCall sold the idea of 3-minute interstitial programs to air during Saturday morning children's programming. Since ABC (the American Broadcasting Corporation) was the agency's biggest account, Newall and Yohe sold the series to Michael Eisner, the vice-president of the network's children's programming division. The "Schoolhouse Rock!" series ran from 1973 to 1985 and 1993 to 1999, under the direction of Newall, Yohe, and Dorough. The 1st season was devoted to "Multiplication Rock," but other subjects were added over time, including "Grammar Rock," which included nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech (such as conjunctions, explained in "Conjunction Junction" written by Dorogh and performed by trumpeter/singer Jack Shelton. Newall won 4 Emmys for the program.

    Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
    Hooking up words and phrases and clauses
    Conjunction Junction, how's that function?
    I've got three favorite cars that get most of my job done
    Conjunction Junction, what's their function?
    I've got and, but, and or
    They'll get you pretty far

    That's an additive, like this and that
    That's sort of the opposite
    Not this but that
    And then there's Or. O-R
    When you have a choice like this or that
    And, but, and or get you pretty far!

    Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
    Hooking up two boxcars and making 'em run right
    Milk and honey, bread and butter, peas and rice
    (Hey that's nice)
    Dirty but happy, digging and scratchin'
    Losing your shoe and a button or two
    He's poor but honest, sad but true

    Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
    Hooking up two cars to one
    When you say something like this choice
    Either now or later
    Or no choice:
    Neither now nor ever
    (Hey that's clever)
    Eat this or that, Grow thin or fat
    Never mind, I wouldn't do that
    I'm fat enough now!

    Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
    Hookin' up phrases and clauses that balance, like:
    Out of the frying pan and into the fire
    He cut loose the sandbags
    But the balloon wouldn't go any higher
    Let's go up to the mountains or down to the seas
    You should always say, "Thank you"
    Or at least say "Please!"

    Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
    Hookin'-up words and phrases and clauses
    In complex sentences like:
    "In the mornings, when I am usually wide awake,
    I love to take a walk through the gardens
    and down by the lake,
    where I often see a duck and a drake, and I wonder
    as I walk by just what they'd say if they could speak, although I know that's an absurd thought."

    Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
    Hookin'-up cars and making them function
    Conjunction Junction, how's that function?
    I like tying up words and phrases and clauses

    Conjunction Junction, watch that function!
    I'm going to get you there if you're very careful
    Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
    I'm going to get you there if you're very careful


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