Roscoe Orman Sesame Street Dad and Autism Mom
I forgot to blog the biggest thrill of BEA! Jenny Gardiner and I were walking down an aisle when I noticed an African American woman wearing a beautiful head... (thinking, thinking, please help me) head piece (is that the right word?) You know, an African-style head wrap. There, that's the word. Head wrap. It was red with gold and just gorgeous. And it matched her long dress. I turned. I looked at her face. I froze. IT WAS SUSAN FROM SESAME STREET! Dr. Loretta Long herself.
Reeling, I glance at the gentleman standing with her. Tall. Very handsome. Fit as a fiddle. Mustache. And often seen standing with a small furry red monster who giggles. IT WAS GORDON! SUSAN'S HUSBAND! The actor Roscoe Orman.
We are a Sesame Street family. My Mia's first word was GROVER which came out "Ober." Grover nursed her through seizures. Traveled everywhere with us. Got lost at WalMart once in PA and morphed into "G2" unbeknownst to Mia (I made a mad dash to Zany Brainy and bought a replacement. Thank God G1 wasn't too worn out at the time so the muppet in the iron mask trick fooled her.)
I can't describe how much that show means to me. Heck, I watched the first episode in 1969 at Dominican Academy in Plainville, Mass in first grade. I tried to describe it to Roscoe and Loretta. I'm certain spittle and flailing arms were involved. I told them about the girls and that I'd met "Gordon" in Cleveland at a Sesame Street event in 2000. He said "Your face looks familiar." Must have been my shit eating grin and bulging eyes - GORDON! SUSAN!
I managed to stop myself before I begged for a photo (stupid me!) Before I left I told Roscoe I had loved his cameo on Sex and the City. Today I am buying his book. If you enjoyed Sesame Street pick up a copy - SUNNY DAY!!!