My parents bought their first color TV so I could see Big Bird

(CNN)In a 1997 episode of “Sesame Street,” Big Bird is taking a walk around his neighborhood admiring all his favorite things as he sings the aptly titled “Walking Down My Street.” Towards the end of the tune, he says, rather contemplatively, “Sesame Street,” he sighs. “Not just a street. A way of life. Home.” Big Bird was right that Sesame Street is indeed home to so many. The whole gang is gearing up for Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 17 on PBS — a special that promises lots of celebrity guests and walks down memory lane. Sign up for CNN Opinion’s new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook The show’s classic theme song asks this question: “Can …