Sesame Street's 40th anniversary is this week, which got me thinking about the other PBS show that influenced me as a child: The Electric Company.
I recall that it was geared for a slightly older audience than Sesame Street, but it was still full of educational short film clips and skits.
One thing I didn't realize at the time is that two of my favorite grammar videos were written and performed by satirist Tom Lehrer, who is best known for songs such as "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," and "The Masochism Tango."
Lehrer was a favorite humorist of my grandparents and I was exposed to his albums early in life. I have the whole boxed set of his CDs that came out around 2000. In fact, it was my first purchase on one of my Amazon accounts.
Here are his classic Electric Company videos:
The LY Song
Yes, there they are in all their groovy '70s glory.
As I've mentioned before, Tom Lehrer is also responsible for my passing high school chemistry class, thanks to his song, "The Elements." Here's a fun video of that song:
It's amazing how useful it was to have the majority of the periodic table memorized. The only thing that would have been better is if they'd been in order.
So that's my little walk down memory lane. Can you remember any songs from childhood that taught you something useful?