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Kermit Love dies at 91

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Brooklyn, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately Kermit Love passed away last night. Feel free to use this space to share your thoughts, memories and questions about his contributions to the world of Henson and beyond. It's a sad day on Sesame Street, and many other streets around the world.

    From Muppet Wiki:
    Kermit Love (b. August 5, 1916) has long been associated as a designer/builder with the Muppets, in particular those on Sesame Street (where he also acted as Willy, the hot dog vendor).
  2. Colbynfriends

    Colbynfriends Well-Known Member

    Thats so sad. :sympathy:
    My heart goes out to his family and everyone who knew him.
  3. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    R.I.P. Kermit Love, you helped play a part in making one of children's television's most appealing characters come to life and for that we are forever greatful. :wisdom::sympathy:
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  4. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Really sad news about Kermit Love, i was reading articles about him and looking at photos of a party with him a while back. He lived to a great age, and accomplished so much. It'd be nice for the site to pay tribute to him in some way.
  5. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    RIP, Mr. Kermit Love. I'll always remember your wonderful performance as Willy the Hot Dog Man. :cry:
  6. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Wow... this is... wow... very, very sad indeed. You will be missed, Mister Love. Thank you for constructing Big Bird, Snuffy, and many other Muppet characters in your many years with us. You will be greatly missed. :sympathy: I remember, in Kevin Clash's book, he talked about how wonderful of a person Mister Love was. I hope his spirit carries on.
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  7. Skye

    Skye Well-Known Member

    Oh no, how sad!

    RIP, Mr. Love. You will be greatly missed. :sympathy:
  8. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Well-Known Member

    I know that a few members had a relationship with Mr. Love. I think it would be great for the rest of us to hear any stories they may have been apart of or heard about Kermit.
  9. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    This is truly a sad day, and I will pray for the Love family. I think if it where not for Kermit Love Kevin Clash would not be who he is today.
  10. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Yeah Kermit was a great mentor to a lot of the Muppet performers. He convinced Caroll Spinney to keep his job at Sesame Street and brought Kevin Clash in as one of todays greatest performers for the company. I have no doubt in my mind that he will surely be missed.
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  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Our world wouldn't have been the same, had he not constructed Big Bird and worked with SS...thank you for that...
  12. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Well-Known Member

    Some history:

    "Kermit Love became one of Jim Henson's most trusted puppet-builders: Among other beloved characters, Love built Big Bird and Snuffleupagus. Hard to believe as it is, Love insists that it's pure coincidence that he shares a first name with Henson's most famous alter-ego, Kermit the Frog. He recently realized, though, that Henson "rarely called me Kermit; he always called me 'Mr. Love.' I certainly admired what he did with his Kermit, and I think he had a great appreciation and patience for the characters I did."

    Above quoted from article located here
  13. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    What do you mean by convincing Mr. Spinney to remain?

    I don't know how my question sounds just like to know more detail on it.

    Sad he died but he was up in years.
  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    If you read Carol's book he explains that one day he was ready to quite. He was walking up the stairs in the Henson NY building crying thinkiing he could not do Sesame Street anymore. Kermit saw him and talked with him, and they worked out the problem Carol was having.

    You should really read Carol and Kevins books to learn how Kermit Love really impacted not only them, but the Muppets and Henson as a whole group. He also has done a lot outside of the Muppets that was some great work as well.
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  15. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    This is sad news. :cry:

    He will sure be missed. Thank you Kermit for building Big Bird, Snuffy, Thog and The Bossman.

    R.I.P. Kermit Love
  16. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    RIP Kermit Love. We all love you very much and pray for your family. :wisdom:
  17. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    How old was Kermit Love when he passed away?
  18. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Oh wow! I was just posting on here and this thread just completely stopped my in my tracks. It could not believe what I was reading and that this had actually really happened. It can be hard to come to grips with reality somtimes, you know? As I was reading this and what everyone had to say here, just thinking about the news has nearly got me in tears and I was only just trying to hold them back and I can only swallow hardly reading this. I mean, what a great creator and a great loss to this world. This world was and is a much better place for him having being here and in it.The tears just keep welling up in my eye;s tying this and they jut get more intense the more I do so to the point where I can not ever see the keys I'm trying with. You know it's funny how somebody you have never known and have never met can really have and play the biggest effect on someones life. This world is so unpredictable sometimes you know? Somtimes it can just seem cruel by taking those we love so much but it's a good thing their were and are people in like like Mr. Love who can help it feel a lot nicer. That what Mr. Kermit love was... he was love. And that's what is messages was, love for your neighbor (The people in you neighborhood like Big Bird.) and for your fellow man. All of us at Muppet Central will really miss Mr. Love and I'm sure you he in a better place.
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    According to an earlier post, he was born in August 1916, so sadly, he never even got to see 92.

    But this is VERY sad indeed...

    I remember the way Caroll described him in his book vividly, and he did seem like such a wonderful person, and you all are absolutely right, he DID construct Big Bird and several of the other muppets, and it was him who convinced Caroll (who had convinced himself that he might move on to something "greater") to stay put with Sesame Street and Jim Henson, because work like that truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    And of course, let us fans of old school Sesame not forget that Kermit Love had on-screen work as well as Willy the Hotdog Man!

    May he rest in peace.
  20. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    :cry: A sad day indeed.

    My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Love. He will be greatly missed with fondest memories.

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