“In My Dreams, I Can Fly”


In a painting titled “In My Dreams I Can Fly,” Spinney depicted the traditionally flightless Big Bird soaring above the countryside. Credit: Cody O'Loughlin for The New York Times

In a painting titled “In My Dreams I Can Fly,” Spinney depicted the traditionally flightless Big Bird soaring above the countryside.CreditCody O’Loughlin for The New York Times

Carroll Spinney, who originated and played Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 50 years, is retiring. There’s a very nice biographical sketch in the New York Times.

Spinney performing Oscar while wear Big Bird's legs and feet. Photographer unknown.

Spinney performing Oscar while wear Big Bird’s legs and feet. Photographer unknown.

There’s an equally wonderful press release from Sesame Workshop.

Thanks, Mr. Spinney. You helped a lot of kids dream; you helped a lot of kids fly. You have an amazing collection of awards and honors, but the best should be all those kids you helped to dream.

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