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Donate to support Michael Earl, diagnosed with cancer

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Hubert, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

  2. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    Is Micheal Earl going to be o.k. Hubert?
  3. Ceris

    Ceris New Member

    I think so... but you never know, right?
    I saw him this weekend at a Puppet School workshop in Chicago.
    He's tired and sometimes feels a little out of it, but he's overwhelmed and so encouraged by the support he's received. He can't believe it. He thought maybe somewhere between $500 and $2000 would be what people might give.
    He's so generous with his time still, cause he didn't want to disappoint those who'd signed up for the Chicago workshop. Even though he needs to focus on his health and such right now, he keeps thinking of others and how he can be a part of the legacy of what he learned from being a Muppeteer. He just loves teaching.
  4. SJohnson

    SJohnson Member

    Swazzle Workshop Sale!

    Swazzle is raising money to help puppeteer and puppet instructor Michael Earl fight colon cancer. Read all about it here: bit.ly/OE3p50

    When: Saturday, October 20th, 8am to 4pm

    Where: Swazzle Workshop, 4525 San Fernando Rd., Unit F, Glendale CA, 90035

    Free street parking available.

    We'll be selling puppet building materials including fur, fabric, feathers and fleece, puppet costumes, puppet props, audio equipment including speakers, amps and microphones. There will also be a silent auction where you could win this handcrafted puppet built by Sean Johnson: http://swazzle.com/blogs/2006/03/friday-fun-meet-ratchet.html
    This is a good cause and 100% of the money raised will go to the Michael Earl cancer fundraiser. Check out the flier and please help me spread the word: http://swazzle.com/wp/?p=1460
  5. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Michael Earl is an amazing guy. He was my teacher at Puppet School in NYC that I took this past spring. Very talented, patient and has really interesting stories about his work with the Muppets, and puppeteering in general. I was very saddened to hear about his recent diagnosis but am happy to see there's so many out there helping him out. Having no health insurance is a nightmare when you have serious health issues, so I hope we can all get him through this.
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  6. SJohnson

    SJohnson Member

    We have some exciting news, Muppeteer Peter Linz has joined the effort to help fellow puppeteer and former Muppeteer Michael Earl in his fight against colon cancer. Peter has graciously donated a signed Walter doll and a phone call from Peter and Walter! All of this will be auctioned as part of Swazzle's Workshop sale to benefit Michael Earl's cancer fund happening at Swazzle, 4525 San Fernando Rd. Unit F, Glendale CA this Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

    Other special auction items include a handmade Swazzle puppet. Plus Miss Yvonne from Pee-wee's Playhouse will make a special appearance and sign autographs and pose for photos in her classic Christmas dress.

    This is your chance to stock up on puppet building materials for a good cause - we'll be selling fur, feathers, puppet building materials, puppet eyes, and more! We'll also be raffling off some old original Antron (Muppet) Fleece - the good stuff!

    If you are unable to attend the sale but still want to get in on the action, we'll be taking bids over the phone for our two big auction items. Please call 866-792-9953 on Saturday between 10:00 am and 3:45 pm (pacific time) to place a bid.

    Michael Earl is a 30-year veteran of film and television. His puppeteering credits include Sesame Street, The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Team America World Police. He has trained many of today's working television puppeteers, including Swazzle co-founders Sean and Patrick Johnson. Michael also founded Puppet School, where he is training the next generation of puppeteers and puppet builders.

    Michael was recently diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and is without health insurance. You can read about his fight here: http://michaelearl.blog.com

    You can also contribute to his recovery here: http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=9428&url=michaelearlcancerfund

    Please click here to read more about the Swazzle Worshop sale: http://swazzle.com/wp/?p=1503

    Help spread the news by Facebooking the link or tweeting: http://bit.ly/QcwErY use the hashtag #savesnuffy
  7. catherine

    catherine Active Member

    who did he play?
  8. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Michael Earl's largest roles were in Sesame Street, where he was a primary performer for a few years. He is actually the one who originated the role of Forgetful Jones, and also was the voice of Snuffy for a time. Off Sesame Street, he did lots of background stuff. You can read more about him here:

    http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Michael_Earl
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  9. catherine

    catherine Active Member

    thanks for the information on him.
  10. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Wow Cool, he was a Muppeteer since the 1970s and I never even heard of him until now. I hope is cancer gets better. I just checked out his Muppet wiki article :)
  11. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Hey guys, I don't know how many of you have seen this, but Michael Earl has also started a blog to update about his cancer situation:

    http://michaelearl.blog.com/
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  12. ProboSowa

    ProboSowa Member

    It was posted earlier. Also I made a donation a few days ago since I now have a working debit card. :)
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  13. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Here's a video featuring the Crash Boom puppets supporting to help Michael Earl win the battle over cancer.
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  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Here's Michael Earl's blog on his cancer updates. He has Stage 3 cancer and he staring chemo today.
    http://michaelearl.blog.com

    I hope he doesn't die soon. :cry:
  15. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    That's neat I sure hope he dosen't die nether.
  16. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Funnily enough, I sent him an email a few months ago (just to say "hi"), and got a nice little reply back. Had no idea he was diagnosed with cancer. He's sure dedicated to his work.
  17. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Oh yes. I became FB friends with him a while ago, and I also just wanted to say hi. He's an extremely nice guy.
    Please, do consider donating to him.
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  18. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Great news from Michael via Facebook:

  19. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    That's great news, but what's curable and what's chemo?
  20. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Great news Michael is cured! Chemo means indicating that chemicals or chemical reactions are involved chemotherapy.


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