News just broke that Sesame Street is losing the actors who play Bob, Gordon, and Luis. Actors Bob McGrath (Bob), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), and Emilio Delgado (Luis) have all been "released" from the show after decades in the neighborhood. Today, let's look back at our favorite moments with these three men from our shared childhood.
1. BOB SINGS "PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD"
In this clip, Bob sings, "Who are the people in your neighborhood?" This song is so catchy, it's hard to read its name without singing along. "A Grocer is a person in your neighborhood!" "You tell 'em, Grocer!"
2. GORDON HELPS BIG BIRD DEAL WITH MR. HOOPER'S DEATH
Mr. Hooper ran a store on Sesame Street until actor Will Lee died in 1982. Producers faced a dilemma in dealing with his passing: Should they embrace it or ignore it? Ultimately, Mr. Hooper's death was treated with great care and embraced as a real event, in one of the most powerful Sesame Street episodes ever, with Big Bird struggling to understand loss.
Big Bird's biggest moment comes in dialogue with Gordon, at 4:48 in the clip above:
Big Bird: Well, I don’t understand! You know, everything was just fine! I mean, why does it have to be this way? Give me one good reason! Gordon: Big Bird, it has to be this way ... because. Big Bird: Just because? Gordon: Just because. Big Bird: Oh.
3. LUIS MARRIES MARIA
In 1988, Sesame Street residents Luis and Maria (Sonia Manzano) were married in a rooftop ceremony. The show used this moment to talk about what marriage means and to explore how families come together. It also features a very nervous Elmo trying not to drop the rings!
4. THIS IS THE FISH THAT GORDON CAUGHT
This is the blog post that we wrote about the fishing rod that Gordon borrowed to catch the fish that Gordon caught.
5. LUIS LOSES HIS GLASSES
Snuffy visits the Fix-It Shop so that Luis can read for him, but Luis has lost his glasses. Fortunately, Snuffy has a very large-print book available. The episode continues as Luis navigates the neighborhood without his glasses. This one hits slightly closer to home as we age.
6. BOB AND LUIS SING "LET'S MAKE A FACE"
Bob and Luis sing about facial expressions with neighborhood kids—including one boy in Luis's lap, who steals the show.
7. GORDON RIDES HIS BIKE
One of the simple pleasures of Sesame Street is numbers like this. There's no dialogue, it's just Gordon riding his bike around the city, waving at people. Hello, Gordon!
8. DAVID, BOB, GORDON, AND LUIS ARE "THE LOVERS OF FIVE"
In this musical number, David, Bob, Gordon, and Luis celebrate the number five. It's a spoof of The Floaters' 1977 song "Float On."
SHARE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS IN THE COMMENTS
We all have different memories of Bob, Gordon, and Luis. Please share your favorites in the comments, so we can remember these wonderful characters—and the actors who portrayed them so well.