canijustbejanet: (Default)
[personal profile] canijustbejanet
So sometime when I was in high school, I had a freakout when I realized that the people on Sesame Street were actors. Yeah. I was a mess, and obviously had some weird naivete that went away. It's not like I didn't know the Muppets were puppets, but it really messed me up that the guy playing Gordon wasn't actually a guy named Gordon. Maria wasn't really Maria, and Susan wasn't Susan. I had a real problem getting my head around that. Thankfully, Bob was really Bob.

I thought I was over it. I'm not. I'm reading Roscoe Orman's memoir, Sesame Street Dad. Roscoe is the man I've known as Gordon as long as I can remember. I'm three or four chapters into this book. He's a fascinating real person, he was involved in a theater troupe that traveled the South during the Civil Rights Movement, and was a player in an experimental theater company in Harlem in the late 60s and early 70s. He's pretty cool, even if he's not Gordon yet. But....

He's not perfect. So I'm wandering around the house, stunned, and trying to deal with the facts that Gordon stole another man's wife and smoked marijuana.

Surely we'll get to Sesame Street soon?

Date: 2007-02-14 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my! He stole a wife and was a pothead? Crazy.

Date: 2007-02-14 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
did you say HIGH SCHOOL?
I didn't find out that people could be gay until I was in middle school. And I didn't know that butt sex was NOT too people rubbing their ass cheeks against eachother until high school. I didn't know about the things lesbians do until college

Date: 2007-02-14 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dude, Gordon so obviously like to smoke. Even when I was six I got that. Bob didn't and Gordon did. Just the way it is...

Date: 2007-02-15 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmmm... perhaps its a good thing that I didn't get too attached to Sesame Street...

Date: 2007-02-15 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aww, I'm disappointed too. Gordon was always one of my favorites - that deep voice and gentle reassuring presence. Maybe when you get to Sesame Street (if someone can tell you how to get there), you'll find it helped Roscoe settle and get his priorities in order...fingers crossed!

Date: 2007-02-15 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hope so. I get the feeling it does. He treats both of those admissions delicately, in the "I'm being honest, but this isn't something I'm proud of" way.


canijustbejanet: (Default)

June 2017

11121314 151617

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 24th, 2017 12:08 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios