After Lloyd Morrisett came up with the idea for “Sesame Street” with Joan Ganz Cooney in 1966 (via Time), Lloyd Morrisett founded the Children’s Television Workshop with Cooney in 1968. Jumping off the company’s success, the duo was able to turn their idea into a reality, creating “Sesame Street” in 1969 (via Variety). Her original idea was to start a show that could help underprivileged children get ready for school. As you might expect, Cooney shared a kind and moving testimony about his business partner and friend following Morrisett’s death.
“Without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no ‘Sesame Street'” explained Cooney. “He was the first to come up with the idea of teaching preschoolers basic skills like letters and numbers through television. He was a trusted partner and loyal friend to me for over fifty years and I will miss him dearly.”
Morrisett, who dedicated his life to education, was a board member of the Children’s Television Workshop (later Sesame Workshop) until his death. An official cause of death is not yet known.