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Professor Hastings is a character from Sesame Street. Hastings is an old professor who always falls asleep during his boring lectures. He often appeared with Kermit as his assistant, who would have to wake him up constantly.
In 1974, CTW advisor Gerald S. Lesser offered this cogent summary of the character: "verging on senility; gives comically confused lectures; interrupting each at unpredictable occasions for short naps; sporadically capable of remarkably clear insights that stand in stark contrast to his general muddlement." In a 1990 episode of Learning Matters, Lesser said that he, a Harvard professor, was used as the model for the character according to Jon Stone.
Professor Hastings mostly appeared in Season 1; according to Sesame Street Unpaved, "He was performed by Frank Oz, but he didn't make the cut because he was, well, too dull." As summarized by Phyllis Feinstein in the 1971 book All About Sesame Street, "The professor, more boring than broadening, is no real loss...." According to Gerald S. Lesser in Learning Matters: Sesame Street, research showed that the characters sleeping put the kids to sleep. Although he has never been a big hit in the US, he is still considered a very popular character in several European countries. In a few pieces of European merchandise, he is mixed up with Mr. Johnson from the Waiter Grover sketches.
|Picture||Title / EKA||Description|
| "Spinning Wheel"|
|A "quiet" trio of Professor Goldfinch, Hastings and an Anything Muppet drummer perform the song. Hastings plays the horn section.|
| Letter Y|
|Kermit the Frog and Professor Hastings talk about the letter Y.|
|Professor Hastings gives a lecture on emotions.|
|Kermit and Professor Hastings on the importance of exercise.|
| Big and Little|
|Professor Hastings talks about big and little using piles of blocks.|
| Body Parts|
|Kermit helps the professor discuss parts of the body.|
| Number 2|
|Professor Hastings talks about the number 2.|
| Dump Truck|
|Professor Hastings talks and shows how two dump trucks can be alike and also different.|
| Pogo Stick|
|The professor uses a pogo stick to demonstrate "up" and "down", and ends up jumping into a pond.|
| What's My Part?|
|Guy Smiley hosts "What's My Part?" The contestants are Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic and Professor Hastings, and the mystery part is a foot.|
| Letter U|
|Kermit and Professor Hastings discuss the letter U.|
- Sesame Street Finger Puppets (1971)
- Epi, Blas y los demás (1976-1979, some issues)
- The Sesame Street Library Volume 15 (1979)
- The Sesame Street Players Present Mother Goose (1982)
- The Sesame Street Storytime Calendar 1982 (1982)