• John Burghardt

"Happy Birthday Big Bird!" Remembering Caroll Spinney on his Birthday!

Caroll Edwin Spinney was born on December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts to Chester and Margaret Spinney. His mother named him 'Caroll' because he was born the day after Christmas. Thank God that the Spinney's were on Santa's 'Nice' list that year and good thing that Santa checks those lists twice.

Caroll Spinney was not just a puppeteer who made Big Bird move, nor was he just the actor who gave Big Bird his voice -Caroll Spinney was the heart and soul that brought Big Bird to life! He will always be the 'Spirit' of Big Bird!!!

I've heard it said many times that if you follow your bliss you'll never work a day in your life. How true it was for Caroll Spinney, as he gifted the world with this radiant yellow bundle of joy known as 'Big Bird' from its inception on Sesame Street in 1969 until 2018.

Thank you Mrs. Spinney for your gift to the world and thank you Caroll for bringing so much joy to so many!

I'm so grateful that I was able to have this wonderful character in my life as a child! And it was so awesome to revisit with Big Bird through the eyes of my son!

"Big Bird you shine like the sun, so we can see all that is good in this world!"