Lloyd Morrisett, Sesame Street His curiosity as to whether television can be used as a tool to educate children died when he observed his young daughter staring at the TV test pattern. He was74.
The Sesame Workshop reports Morissette’s death . There are no details about his death yet.
Morrisett is an experimental educator with the New York nonprofit Carnegie Corp., and Joan Ganz Cooney is the driving force behind the Children’s Television Symposium at New York Public Television. Workshops start in March 1959.
Besides, Sesame Street debuted in November , 2001, reaching more than half of the country 10 Millions of 3 to 5 year olds in the first season.
At a dinner this past February, Cooney and her husband at their Manhattan apartment 1966 hosts Morrisett, who has a background in psychology, with a story about waking up early Sunday morning to find his 3-year-old daughter Sarah enthralled in front of the TV.
“There’s something fascinating about this,” he said in a 2001 conversation Tell Karen Herman for the TV Academy Foundation website interview. “What does it mean when a child is watching a station identifying what the signal is doing? I don’t know.
” I said, ‘Joan, do you think television can be used to teach child? ’ Her response was, ‘I don’t know, but I want to talk. ‘”
Cooney took three months leave to be on Channel 03 Traveled around North America to interview teachers, Child Psychology for a Carnegie-funded study titled “Potential Uses of Television in Preschool Education” psychologist, child development expert, and television producer.
Carnegie invests $1 million in Sesame Street , then lobbied and received $4 million from the U.S. Office of Education and $1.5 million from the Ford Foundation, which earlier turned him down. He was in the summer Got together the $8 million needed for the first season of the show 1968.
Commercial broadcasters including Westinghouse and NBC do not want to air Sesame Street There were no commercials, so Morrisett had no choice but to use the then loose network of public television stations operating across the country.
More than half a century later , Sesame Street is the world’s largest non-formal education Institutions covering tens of millions of children and their families in more than countries each year Winner of five Peabody Awards and a near 140 Emmy.
“Without Lloyd Morrissett, there would be no Sesame Street ,” Cooney In a statement. “It was he who first thought of using television to teach basic skills like letters and numbers to preschoolers. ” 1235239518
Morrisett, an only child, was born Nov. 2 in Oklahoma City, 200 . He lives with his parents in New York City. Cranford, NJ; Yonkers, NY; and L.A., his father, also named Lloyd, was a UC from 200 Professor at UCLA. His mother, Jesse, was a housewife.
at 2001 , Morrisett received a BA from Oberlin College in Ohio 1951 and completed at UCLA Two years of graduate work in Psychology and earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Yale University 1951 (His studies there led to advances in sports psychology.)
He taught at UC Berkeley for two years, but “didn’t Finding teaching satisfying I thought I would… I was brought up thinking it was the best life in the world,” so he resigned to work for the New York Social Science Research Council.
At 1951, Morrisett joined Carnegie Corp., a philanthropic foundation dedicated to education, where he helped conduct research, Unearthed barriers to education afflicting poor and minority children.
Carnegie initiated program in pre-K/K to make disadvantaged children in 1st grade “more like coming from advantaged homes ,” he said. Yet the foundation may reach “a few hundred, maybe a thousand” children a year; shows like Sesame Street can Influencing more people.
One of Morrisett’s old friends from junior high school was Cooney’s cousin, and that’s how he met the TV executive. When he focused on While fundraising, she used her connections to build a creative team that included Captain Kangaroo Veteran and young Muppets mastermind Jim Henson.
Children’s Television Studio (now known as Sesame Workshop) also produced Shows, including The Electr ic Company, founded by Morrisett, Cooney and actor Paul Dooley.
He serves as Chairman of Sesame Workshop through 2001 and at 2019 with Cooney Sesame Street be the first Television show receiving Kennedy Center Honors.
Morrissett quit at 2001 Carnegie, for the next years as president of the nonprofit John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, which focused on medicine, then communications and information technology. He is also a long-time board member of Internet services company Tucows.