Sesame Street's Bert Pinched My Sister

Sesame Street. Need I say more? The pioneer of all educational kid's television shows. It debuted in 1969. According to Wikipedia, an estimated 77 million Americans watched the show as children. Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Grover and Cookie Monster were the funny characters that we loved.

Thanks to Gund, your child's favorite Sesame Street characters are interactive and cuddly, even on the inside. These colorful puppets remind us that Sesame Street is still a favorite, even in the days of iPod and Wii.

On a personal note, I'm not a huge fan of Sesame Street. I remember watching it as a kid, but not really loving it. I was more of an Electric Company kid. "Hey, you guys!"

However; my younger sister was a big fan of Sesame Street. On her 8th birthday she got the big Bert puppet. See photo. Yep, he only had four fingers. And there wasn't anything cuddly about him. In fact, even as kids we thought he was creepy.

Anyway, Bert sat right beside my sister's bed at night until he got a bit too handsy. My sisters swears he pinched her on the butt. She says she woke up and he was floating above her (he didn't have feet!) and he pinched her. In fact, if you asked her about it today - and she's in her 30s - she'd still tell the same story. No, she's not delusional or drunk. She's just a normal adult with a funny story to tell about her creepy puppet. We laugh about it all of the time. It's a family classic.

Needless to say, Bert lived in a box for the rest of his days in our home. Poor guy, he never really had a chance. So what kind of funny, yet odd, childhood memories do you have about your toys?

I've already shared my hilarious memories about Fashion Plates and Barbie Dolls.


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