Jeff Moss created the Sesame Street characters Oscar the Grouch (pictured above with Jodie Foster) and Cookie Monster.
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Jeff Moss was the first head writer of Sesame Street, which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Nov. 10 with a visit to the White House vegetable garden with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Moss is credited with creating many of the show's iconic characters — Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster among them — and he wrote such sing-along classics as "Rubber Ducky" and "People in Your Neighborhood." He took home 14 Emmys, four Grammys and an Academy Award nomination for his work on Sesame Street and with Jim Henson's Muppets.
Moss was also the author of books for children, including Hieronymus White: A Bird Who Believed That He Always Was Right. He died of cancer in 1998, at the age of 56. He talked to Terry Gross in 1994, and we'll remember him with an excerpt from that conversation.