Very soon, one of television's longest running shows will observe its 50th anniversary.

It's not "60 Minutes." It's not "The 700 Club." It's "Sesame Street!"

I was in kindergarten when the show debuted. Yes, I was one of the original fans, until I outgrew it.

Who would have thought that a preschool show would last so long?

Over the last half century, they have shown again and again that educational television can be entertaining.

One thing boggles my mind: How can Big Bird still be only 6 years old after all this time?

Kent Syverson