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How is Jerry Nelson doing?

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by beaker, Sep 10, 2002.

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  1. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Well, think about it, guys. Imagine you're a Muppeteer, one of the best there is and one that's been working since the mid 1960s on countless projects. After all those years of being in the spotlight and after all that work, wouldn't you want some rest and privacy?

    I got a card from Jerry in January of 2000. It has Jerry's, Floyd's and the Count's signatures on it. I still have it and every time I look at it I feel like a million bucks. It will always make me feel that way.

    Pork, and anyone else, just write to the Sesame Workshop address with a good old fashioned letter. It may take a while for a response, but you might be surprised! My card came months after writing to Jerry.

    After all Jerry's done for us Muppet fans, we should be nice to him by:

    Respecting his privacy
    Hope and pray he stays healthy
    Keep on posting on how much we love the Muppets and the positive impact they and Jim Henson have had on our lives.

    With as much happiness Jerry's work and characters have given me, I wish I could do something incredibly awesome in return for him. If I had a Donald Trump budget, I'd get Jerry something like an all-expense paid vacation to some tropical island for his upcoming birthday. He could chill out on the beach as the sun sets, listen to the rolling waves and order room service from some swanky hotel. Of course, while he's on the beach he can still do some counting to keep in practice. "One, two, three, FOUR! Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah!"


    Seriously though, it's cool Jerry has a Facebook page somewhere out there. But it's much, much better that his work and characters are both touching the hearts of old fans (like me) and are introducing themselves to little kids everywhere watching Sesame Street for the first time. Jerry's work is just plain magic folks...and like Gobo once said: "You cannot leave the magic.":smirk:

    Convincing John
  2. Robin

    Robin Well-Known Member

    WoW! people are so bonkers about this... I dont even have words! LOL!:batty:
  3. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Happy birthday, Mr. Nelson! Hope you have a great birthday!

    (Yeah, it's after midnight my time and I'm typing this. So what?)

    :batty: :sing: :smirk:

    ~ AnimatedC
  4. stephenjlizard

    stephenjlizard Well-Known Member

    Convincing John above has it absolutely right. The best way to honor Jerry right now is by respecting his privacy and keep him in our thoughts and prayers. I heard that he was just in the hospital again recently, but he came home a few days ago and is resting comfortably. Not much energy, but his friends are keeping him company and lifting his spirits. I know we all want to see him healthy and happy so do keep him in mind.
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Thanks for this, Stephen.

    I think I had posted a thread with the rule of maintaining the respect of the company people.

    Here it is:
  6. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I think given the recent expansion of social networking, the rule could probably do with having their contact details, personal web links etc being added to it. Well said.
  7. RyGuy

    RyGuy Active Member

    I haven't literally met Jerry Nelson but from what I read he sounds like a gentle, sincere man What's amazing to me is that he didn't really have a heyday . As Robin the frog states . he truly did "Leave us some magic "

    Thank you Jerry for all the generousity, laughs and your singing is truly handsome to listen to . You're a truly wonderful gentleman.
  8. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    And the things is it's so amazing that he gives one hundred percent to his characters wish so much energy and passion despite the problems he has and is going through in his life. He just keeps going and doesn't let it stand in his way! That's amazing and a true hero and inspiration.
  9. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I know that this is an old forum and that I already gave you my best wishes, but I wanted to say something anyway. I must say Jerry that you have really been a special person to the Muppets and that you mean the world to all of us here at the forum. I once saw you in New York at the Kaufman Astoria Studios during the last day of shooting season 39 of Sesame Street (4/10/08). I noticed that you were busy shooting inserts with the Count so I didn't want to disturb you while you were working, plus they wouldn't let me stay in the studio too long since they had other visitors coming in (I was invited by Martin P. Robinson who I met at a '07 Puppet Festival in 2007). I saw you when you came in during the afternoon shooting and I was thrilled when you said hello to me when you passed by me. I know I didn't get to talk with you, but having you say hello was just as good. I'm currently doing work in puppetry while I am in college and hope to have a career in it, hopefully with the Muppets (I have a video on youtube.com) Anyway, I know that this might sound cheesy and a little too preachy, but I just had to say this.

    By the way. I made up this little poem not too long ago for you as a way of saying thanks from all the fans. I hope you like it:

    Mr. Nelson Is...

    Mr. Nelson is
    A clueless detective,
    Flexing his fuzzy and blue muscles,
    As he "counts" the number of times he says those magic words,
    "A La Peanut Butter Sandwiches" Ah Ah Ah :batty:

    Mr. Nelson is
    A fish throwing bass player,
    Crooning his famous love song.
    His amphibius uncle runs the theater,
    But he still manages to stay strong and tall,
    No matter what it takes. :sing:

    Mr. Nelson is
    A brave and daring explorer of the caves,
    With a great big "Trash Heap" of wisdom.
    He's not only the king of the Universe,
    But he's also the Pa of a "Dumb Son of a Gun":smirk:

    Mr. Nelson is
    A man of heart and soul.
    He lives each day to the fullest extent,
    With as much courage as possible.
    He's the man we all want to be.

    God Bless you Jerry. We all love you

    Zachary Snyder
  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    What a nice sentiment! Good work ZNS!
  11. The 11th UrRu

    The 11th UrRu Well-Known Member

    Im going to have to second that...
  12. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I got the inspiration from the poem Jerry wrote for Jim Henson, "Floyd's Lament". We all love you Jerry. Keep in touch. :batty::smirk::sing:
  13. Skekayuk

    Skekayuk Well-Known Member

    What a wonderful poem.

    As a poet myself I can really appreciate the effort into that.Well done.
  14. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I read today here that Jerry Nelson arrived at the opening of the Emmet Otter musical, carrying an oxygen tank. I do hope he is ok, and would love to do something to show him how much we appreciate him...as I can understand the reviewer's 'guilt' at asking him for an autograph without knowing how to thank him for all he's done...
  15. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    No reason for the guy to feel gulity.

    As long as he was nice to Jerry and thanked him for signing his autograph.

    Hopfully he wasn't pushy.
  16. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I love you, Jerry Nelson!
    You're one of my favorite Muppeteers. I wish you a full recovery. I'm sure the prayers of your fellow Muppeteers are with you. Since the Fraggle Rock movie is in development, it'd be nice if you would perform Gobo for the film just like you did in the series. I also liked the fact that you saw the stage adaptation of "Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas". I really hope you liked it. I hope you still keep in touch with the other Muppeteers.

    Get well soon, Jerry!

    Renee Angely
  17. animal0606

    animal0606 Well-Known Member

    Hope things go well for you Jerry. Jim, Frank yourself & others have been making us smile as kids for many years now you are making our kids smile & us still.I have never met you but from interviews I can honestly say your are an A+ classy guy just like Jim. you have the heart the size of six states & more. I wish you the best & hope you recover soon so you may once again bring joy to all with your amazingly passionate love of puppetry. Canada Loves you Jerry you are an Icon :sing::batty: :crazy:..etc.. Thank you
  18. Bears Wear Hats

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  19. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I just heard Jerry's interview on The Point in Cape Cod. It was SO nice to hear him, although it sounds like he has some kind of oxygen tank with him if you listen closely in the background. I hope he gets back to performing soon.
  20. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :search: He sounded pretty good and in good spirits too. It sounds like he's given up his puppeteering duties for a while and that he's given the official hand-off for Floyd. :sing: I believe he's only doing some on-set voice work for the Count. :batty: I hope he can do the same for the Fraggle film. Nobody sounds like him and he really is much of the heart of Fraggle Rock.

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