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Roscoe Orman originally suggested that Gordon and Susan have a child when he first joined the show in 1974. At the time, the producers felt that it was too complicated to cast a baby to play the part. Ten years later, when Orman's son Miles was a year old, he revisited the idea. Father Roscoe remembers, "Caroll Spinney offhandedly said one day, 'That son of yours is so cute -- he's such a great kid -- we should bring him on the show and let him be your son.' I said that I had suggested something like that years ago but it was shot down. And he said, 'Well, you know, you could even adopt him.' That really started my wheels turning and I mentioned it to [Executive Producer] Dulcy Singer."
The producers were intrigued by the adoption angle, and cast Miles in the role. "The idea is that he'll grow up on the show -- for as long as he wants to," the senior Orman said in 1986. "He's very outgoing and friendly. He likes people and that's helpful; he's not a wallflower." 
From 2003 to 2007, Orman played basketball for the Marist College Red Foxes; in 2004, he was called the "king of the lay-up line 360-degree dunk" and star of their practices.  His last game was February 22, 2007. 
- ↑ "Meet Gordon: Roscoe Orman," by Rebecca Herman. Sesame Street Magazine Parents' Guide, issue 160, December 1986.
- ↑ Anthony Olivieri, "There's always next season to win", The Marist Circle, February 19, 2004.
- ↑ Joseph Ferrary, "Foxes look to clinch first outright MAAC title in history", The Marist Circle, February 22, 2007.