Psychologist Lloyd Morrisett has died at the age of 93. He co-founded the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop). The production company of the popular children's show "Sesame Street" announced his death via Twitter. Morrisett left "a great and indelible legacy for generations of children around the world, with Sesame Street being but the most visible work of a lifetime of good work and lasting impact". He has been a thoughtful and kind leader of the workshop for decades, constantly thinking about new ways technology could be used for education.
Joan Ganz Cooney, 93, also one of the founders of the Sesame Workshop, said in a statement: "Without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no 'Sesame Street'. He was the first to come up with the idea of using television to teach preschoolers basic... Teaching skills like letters and numbers. He was a valued partner and true friend of mine for over fifty years and will be sorely missed."
The duo created "Sesame Street," the US original of "Sesame Street," in 1969. The TV format was primarily intended to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to prepare for school. Lloyd Morrisett came up with the idea of encouraging children to learn in front of the screen after his young daughter was fascinated by a TV test pattern. "Sesame Street" with Ernie and Bert, Oscar or the Cookie Monster became the most successful children's show in the world.