The person in Big Bird
's costume (muppeteer
Carroll Spinney) had to hold up the 3.5 lb head
with his arm and manipulate
the beak with his hand, which could only be done about ten minutes each time.
Now! Owing to popular demand, the first t
in this write-up has been changed to a T. Also, many folks wrote to their congressman
suggesting that puppeteer
be changed to muppeteer
. Done! Enjoy the buffet!