The man behind Big Bird revealed

I am guessing that most of you will know the popular TV children’s show Sesame Street, and therefore you will know Big Bird. Well, just recently the movie, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (PG) was released. Yes, it is a movie about the man behind Big Bird; and his name is Caroll Spinney. The TV children’s series, Sesame Street, commenced in 1969 and so did Big Bird. And the man behind Big Bird (well, inside him) has been there the whole time, almost 46 years now. And guess what age Caroll Spinney is now?


Now 81 years of age, Spinney is coming to the end of his tenure on Sesame Street. Not because of any diminishment in the talent department, mind you.

In a revealing sequence in the doco, we learn that operating the Big Bird outfit is an incredibly physical experience that uses up a lot of energy. It’s almost a miracle Spinney has lasted this long.

( – 30 July 2015)

And why do I mention this? Yes, why do I mention about the man behind Big Bird finally being revealed? Because it reminds me about Jesus, the Son of Man, behind our Big God, being revealed. And so just as this new documentary will tell us all about the life of Caroll Spinney, likewise we have the Scriptures, a 66 book documentary you could say, that tell us all about Jesus.


So, if in the days or weeks ahead someone talks to you about the man behind Big Bird finally being revealed, after 46 years, why not make the most of the opportunity and tell them about the man behind our Big God finally being revealed, 2015 years ago.

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders;

make the most of every opportunity. (Colossians 4:5)



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September 13, 2020