JUST THE “COWBOY X” FACTS!
ARE THESE THE FACTS?
According to http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_0560 , Shepherd “co-wrote the screenplay and narrated it in 1971.” But apparently it wasn’t aired until December 21, 1973–and , it seems, not after that. They indicate an EKA = Earliest Known Appearance of December 21, 1973.
They quote Shepherd on his September 7, 1971 broadcast:
“ I just had a magnificent professional coup…. I just don’t know how to recover from it…. Well now, what I did today was I played X, the letter X, on Sesame Street. You know how they have these letters, you know, B D C Q? Well, I played all the voices in a little drama introducing letter X. I played the townspeople, it was a beautiful little Western, it was a shoot-out right there in the town… I played Cowboy X, I played the townspeople…. Silly. Well, here I am, a grown man, and finally I’ve reached the peak of my professional prowess, and I’m playing an animated letter X on the Sesame Street show… In fact, the guy who produces those letters looks almost exactly like the Cookie Monster…. Then I threw a Nabisco in his trap, and we start business. Oh man, I tell you it’s groovy…. I talked to the producer, and said ‘How come X?’ There’s a long pregnant pause, and he says, ‘Well, it’s typecasting. You should realize that you’re a perfect letter X.’ “
Shepherd also noted that the voice for Cowboy X was hard on his throat: “It’s not easy to holler ‘Yippee!’ like that.”
NOT EASY TO HOLLER
“YIPPEE!” LIKE THAT