“..Big Bird may have scored this year’s Betty White-like career comeback following a jovial nod from Mitt Romney during the Oct. 3 presidential debates.
What the Republican presidential candidate possibly didn’t know, however, was his now-controversial reference to the iconic “Sesame Street” character was an inadvertent hat tip to the work of a longtime gay couple.
The Daily Beast features an exclusive interview with Christopher Lyall – who assisted his partner Kermit Love in producing the first Big Bird in 1969, working from one of Jim Henson’s thumbnail sketches.
“[Kermit] was very particular about the way the bird looked, and he always got his way” – the New Zealand-born Lyall says of Love -
- who died in 2008 at the age of 92.
“He was a very determined person.”..”
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