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Sweepin’ the clouds away

Gerald Lesser and Kermit in a Sesame Street pitch reel in 1968.

Gerald Lesser, one of the early shining lights in the development of “Sesame Street,” died September 24 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 84. As chairman of the board of advisers for the show, he transformed educational television for children by making it fun. A Harvard psychologist, Lesser had a deep knowledge of child development and introduced that to television. In the process, he broke down the barriers between education and entertainment.

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