Maria Perego, Topo Gigio’s Creator, Dies at 95 – The New York Times

The mouse puppet that she made in the late 1950s in Italy became a worldwide phenomenon, with the help of “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Terrance Dicks, ‘Doctor Who’ Mainstay, Dies at 84 – The New York Times

He wrote numerous episodes of the long-running show, as well as dozens of novels for young readers based on its scripts.

Pennsylvania declares May 23 ‘1-4-3 Day’ in memory of Fred Rogers

It is the 143rd day of the year, a number Mr. Rogers would use to express “I love you.” The governor of Pennsylvania has dedicated today to Mr. Rogers and acts of kindness in his memory.

Jim Fowler, Naturalist and a Face of TV’s ‘Wild Kingdom,’ Dies at 89 – The New York Times

Mr. Fowler and Marlin Perkins formed a long-running duo on the documentary series filmed in the wild and sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.

Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Announces Retirement from Sesame Street – Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop honors Spinney’s remarkable fifty-year career performing iconic characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (New York, NY – October 17, 2018) – Puppeteer Caroll Spinney today announced that he is stepping down from the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, which he has performed on Sesame Street since its 1969 premiere. …

Source: Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Announces Retirement from Sesame Street – Sesame Workshop

DC Universe’s Titans

I saw the first episode of Titans over the weekend and liked it. It’s updated the team for 2018, which upsets a lot of the old school fans, but I don’t think the 1980s origins would translate well to the present. Another stick in people’s craws is the series is Not For Children. There’s a lot of swearing and bleeding and adult themes, which is probably why there’s no Teen in the title. It’s not gratuitous, though; it’s all related to the story. More mature themes would go along with more mature writing, since this isn’t written for kids, it’s written for adults who can think at an adult level. It doesn’t dumb down the storytelling, which will probably lose viewers expecting all the answers to be easy. The best analogy I can think of is it’s Watchmen’s style applied to the mainstream DC Universe.

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