Monday, January 31, 2011

Tony Geiss, Writer for ‘Sesame Street,’ Dies at 86

Tony Geiss, who entertained generations of children by putting words in the mouths of Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, Elmo and other characters on “Sesame Street,” helping the show win 22 daytime Emmys for scriptwriting and songwriting, died on Jan. 21 in Valhalla, N.Y. He was 86 and lived in Manhattan. He had been hospitalized atWestchester Medical Center for a neck injury, Laird Townsend, his cousin, said in confirming the death.Mr. Geiss, a well-read man who never lost a child’s playfulness, wrote for “Sesame Street” for three decades and went on to write popular animated films for young audiences.....

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