The man behind the iconic childrens' TV character Big Bird is to release an autobiography.

CAROLL SPINNEY is telling the story of his rise to costumed learning-based entertainment in the book THE WISDOM OF BIG BIRD. Before now he says he has remained silent because he didn't want to let kids down.

The 69-year old says, "For years I've kind of hidden from the public because I've seen disappointed kids."

He recounts the time his true identity was revealed to a nine-year-old neighbour, saying, "He comes running in and said, 'Wow, where's Big Bird?' And they said, 'Well, this is the fellow who's in it.' He looked at me and you've never seen such a crestfallen face."

30/04/2003 10:34