I was first introduced to my newest interview subject, Cathy Silvers, when I saw Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, and I heard her voicing the character of Marie Dodo. As I grew older, I would come to know more about Cathy’s work as both an actress and an activist, and I would befriend her on Facebook a few years ago. Late in 2020, I reached out to Cathy about an interview, and we talked in January about her work as both an entertainer and a healthy living advocate. I hope you all enjoy this interview.
Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
On December 8th, I was heading to my first break at my retail job when I logged into Facebook and saw the news that Caroll Spinney, the Muppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, had passed away. I was saddened by his passing for many reasons, and I would like to expand on a few of those in this tribute.
This December, I’ll be turning 35. My date of birth was December 22nd, 1982, and I started becoming aware of my surroundings in 1987, around the time I was 4 and 1/2 years old. I had no idea at that young age that the pop culture of the decade I was born in would become a guiding force in my life, but as I grew and matured, the decade’s films taught me valuable lessons, some of which wouldn’t impact me until adulthood while others struck me immediately. I’d like to share some of those lessons and the films they came from.