author, director, producer, songwriter and voice-over artist from New
Haven, Connecticut who attended Williams College and the School of Drama at
In 1955, he
graduated from Yale and shortly thereafter wrote for the CBS television
series, Captain Kangaroo. He married Beverley Owen in 1964
after she had done a 13-episode stint as Marilyn on The Munsters.
The Munsters were not to be in the Stones’ future,
but The Muppets were. In 1965,
Jon began a long-time creative partnership with Jim Henson, helping to
invent the furry and feathered creatures that would populate Sesame Street. If Jim Henson was the heart and soul
of The Muppets, Jon was the brain, often multi-tasking as writer, director
and producer. He also had a
hand in creating Big Bird and The Cookie Monster.
In 1969, the
children’s program was launched and it would become a franchise and
the focal point of Jon’s creative energy until his death in
1997. Not only did he serve on
the show in the aforementioned capacities: He also voiced characters and
co-wrote many of the songs, such as “ABC-DEF-GHI”, “Wet
Paint” and the famous theme song, penned with Bruce Hart and Joe Raposo.
After Joe died, Jon directed and hosted the TV tribute, Sing! Sesame Street Remembers Joe Raposo and His Music.
In 1997, Jon
died of ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis) or Lou
Gehrig’s disease. His
legacy is not only immortalized on film and television. He also wrote a series of children’s
books, many of them inspired by the denizens of Sesame Street. The
Monster at the End of This Book, published in 1977, is considered a
The Oscar Peterson Trio and The Singers
Sesame Street (Bruce Hart/Joe Raposo/Jon