As a proud member of Sesame Street's original demographic (I was about 4 years old when it premiered in late 1969), I can still remember a few of their short educational bits.
The most unforgettable of them was, of course, "S for Superman". In this minute-long segment, the Man of Steel gave us wee lads and lasses a short lesson on words starting with the letter "S", including Superman himself.
I probably saw this when I wasn't entirely sure who Superman was yet (though the comic book at Grandma's house may have tipped me off), but whatever the case, it fascinated me and stuck with me for many years.
As the years and decades flew by, I'd always hoped for an opportunity to see this segment again, but I could never seem to track it down...even as the internet age of random, obscure video dawned.
That is, until YouTube came along:
1. Superman hurling the bad guy's spaceship to....who knows? A police station? Prison? The SUN?
2. Superman's urgent, no-nonsense tone throughout the lesson. It's almost jarring in contrast to today's gentle, soothing tones in educational programming. Granted, the lines were read by Bud Collyer (Superman's voice on the original radio show, the Fleischer cartoons and the 1960's Filmation series), so the recognition factor was definitely there for that audience...but still, it's pretty brusk. Endearingly so.
3. My favorite part? The final line:
"Yes, sir! 'S' is a very important letter! So the next time you think of 'Superman', think of the letter 'S'! It's my favorite!"
Mine too, Superman. Mine too.