Maria goes home to Puerto Rico for her “ALMOST 21st birthday!” with Olivia, but little does she know most of the gang is following her…
I wonder, did they ever, like, explain that Maria and David broke up? If not, that was a missed opportunity.
“We just decided we were going to be boyfriend and girlfriend. And we did that just by holding hands and kissing whenever possible. Until finally the writers picked upon it and we became an item on Sesame Street.” - Sonia, commentary for Old School Sesame Street Vol 3
Betty Ford hosted a Christmas party for the children of the foreign diplomats who were living in Washington, DC, on December 14, 1976. The party was an annual event coordinated through THIS, The Hospitality and Information Service, a volunteer organization that helped Diplomatic families.
For that year’s festivities she invited the cast of Sesame Street to entertain the more than 500 young guests from 87 countries. In addition to Big Bird and his friends Susan (Loretta Long), Maria (Sonia Manzano), David (Northern J. Calloway), and Mr. Hooper (Will Lee), Santa Claus also made an appearance.
Images: Betty Ford and Children watch the Cast of Sesame Street Performing at the Diplomatic Children’s Christmas Party in the East Room, 12/14/1976 (White House photograph B2514-22A); Betty Ford with Sesame Street Cast Members and Santa Claus at the Diplomatic Children’s Christmas Party, 12/14/1976 (White House photograph B2515-20A)