Tickle Me T-U, Tell Me More about Elmo

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Tickle Me T-U, Tell Me More about Elmo


Szaroleta, Story Tom, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Story by Tom Szaroleta

Today's issue of Jack was supposed to be all about Elvis Costello, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who was scheduled to appear at the Florida Theatre next week. But Costello had to postpone his show, leaving us scrambling for something to put in the paper.

Fortunately, his close personal friend, Elmo Monster, happens to be in town this weekend with "Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Super Heroes."

Mr. Monster wasn't available for an interview, so we found someone who knows him well. Meghan Ghrist is one of the administrators of the message board at www.elmolover.com, a website for people who are really, really into all things Elmo.

Elmo Monster, Cookie Monster, Telly Monster ... are all these guys related?

It would seem that they're related since they have the same last name. Perhaps they're cousins?

Does Elmo have a favorite football team?

I don't know if he has a favorite, but he does seem to enjoy football. He was visited by Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos. He also got a visit from some members of the NY Jets.

Why is Elmo so darned ticklish?

Some people are just more ticklish than others. Who knows why?

I thought monsters were supposed to be scary. Are you sure Elmo is really a monster?

I don't know how monsters got a reputation for being scary. Maybe they're just misunderstood. There's lots of nice monsters out there. There's Shrek, Sulley and Mike from "Monsters, Inc.," Maurice from "Little Monsters" - just to name a few.

What's Elmo's middle name?

I don't think monsters have middle names the same way that people do. Unless maybe if they're trying to be a classy monster, they might use a middle initial.

Why is Elmo red?

Elmo is red because he's been tickled so much!

ELMO THROUGH THE YEARS

1979 A furry red monster that looks suspiciously like Elmo makes an appearance on "Sesame Street." It's known simply as Baby Monster or Little Monster.

1981 Elmo first appears as Elmo on "Sesame Street." Elmo appears in the book "The Sesame Street Circus of Opposites," his first illustrated appearance.

1984 Elmo makes his first big-screen appearance, in a wedding scene in "The Muppets Take Manhattan. …

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