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Remembering Jerry Nelson (July 10, 1934-August 23, 2012)

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Oscarfan, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Member

    I just read about Jerry's death on Jim Henson Company's facebook page. Jerry was a couple of months older than my grandfather (his birthday is the same day as Jim Henson and Steve Whitmire).

    It's going to be hard for Matt Vogel to voice Jerry's Sesame Street characters (especially Count Von Count).
  2. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I woke up and checked my mail on my Mac and surprisingly saw that Jerry Nelson died. My reaction was like this from 2:42 to 2:45.

    I know that this video doesn't relate to Jerry Nelson or The Muppets but seriously, it was my reaction to his death.
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  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Even though Jerry has left us now, I do have confidence that like Steve after Jim, and Eric after Frank, that Matt will be able to keep Jerry's characters alive for not just us, but future generations as well... I was very impressed with how well he did with Floyd and Uncle Deadly, so I'm sure that he'll do just as well with Count and others.
  4. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    Jerry Nelsons' characters' react:

    :sing:: Jerry Nelson? Oh, yeah, he was pretty hip. He'd give me a lift once in a while. I'll miss him deeply.

    Robin: Jerry was my Godfather. He'd always teach me to live life to the fullest. I'm s-sure h-he did t-that as w-well ( starts crying ).

    :batty:: I will miss my good freind Jerry in many ways. Let me count them. One, two, three, four..............

    Pops: Eh? Who's this Jerry Nelson feller? Was he the one with the beard or the (yawn ) one with the........... ( falls asleep )


    :batty:: Ninety Three, Ninety Four, Ninety Five...............
    Herry: ( crying )

    :fishy:: He taught me how to throw my boomerang fish! It won't be the same without him, though.

    :smirk:: I will miss Jerry. He always took me on adventures into outer space when no one else wanted to. ( sniff )

    :batty:: Two Hundred and Fifty Six, Two Hundred and fifty Seven, Two Hundred and Fifty Eight. Two Hundred and Fifty Eight ways I will miss my good friend Jerry! Ahh ahh ahh.
  5. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    *sniff* That was beautiful.
  6. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Active Member

    this is very very saddening i don't what to say but RIP Jerry but your voices are in our heads but you are in our hearts :sympathy:
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  7. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I'm really gonna miss Jerry. I didn't really know him but I greatly respected his talent. He gave us some great characters.
    Assuming that the post I got really was him and not someone posing as him, he gave me some advice in voice acting which kinda encouraged me to pursue it further and for that I will always be grateful.

    Thanks for everything Jerry :batty:
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  8. PDiddymus

    PDiddymus Member

  9. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I haven't been this heartbroken since Jim died. I'll never forget you, Jerry, for putting the "Gobo" in Fuzzygobo. Thank you for everything- words can't say enough.
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  10. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    RIP Jerry. I miss you already. I hope Matt Vogel will take over his Sesame characters.
  11. Kermoot

    Kermoot New Member

    This the first time any major performer died in my life time, I knew it would happen eventually since I am only 14 but I didn't think it would happen this soon. I am very sad to see him go. Lew Zeland was not just my favorite Jerry character but my favorite muppet. R.I.P. Jerry :sing::batty::cluck:
  12. beatnikchick300

    beatnikchick300 Well-Known Member

    I finally let myself cry about this. I didn't want to, at first, but I feel better now that I've let it out.:cry: RIP.
  13. Squigiman

    Squigiman Active Member

    Hey Folks,
    I've just finished reading all of these posts. Some very touching stuff. I had to go into work earlier than usual today, and what an awful way to wake up. My wife came into the bedroom and alerted me "I think Jerry Nelson died". She and I are friends with a guy named Jesse, (who goes by Ploobis on here, if memory serves) and she'd seen a post of his on Facebook. This was quite a shock, though I guess also not so much, because of years of hearing about health issues. I'm very glad and grateful we had him stick around this long.

    I don't know if it was just the still waking up or genuine sadness, but tears were starting to flow from my eyes, though just slowly, and not an outpouring cry, which might come lately. I've been spending a good part of my day reading on here and other places about Jerry and people's reactions to his passing, but it still feels like that "hasn't quite hit me, yet" mode. It's quite sad, especially having seen him appear often on my Mutual Friends suggestion on the sidebar, being connected to him through others, often wishing to give it a shot, as I did successfully with Matt Vogel, but also not wanting to be so bold and assume a "friendship" just by our mutual Facebook friends and/or the two brief times we met, which he probably didn't remember.

    I know I addressed him on posts of others, but I did wish to further contact him and express my genuine gratitude for all he's done and given us all, and though I didn't, I'm sure I'm represented by all the fans who have done so, over the decades, and I am super-grateful to have gotten those two times to meet him. Though I am Jewish, I've married a Catholic woman who I love very much, and have come to share Christmas with her and her family. We watched The Muppet Christmas Carol with her mother, this past year, and seeing the character of the Ghost Of Christmas Present really filled me with cheer, despite not being especially connected with that holiday and those traditions. That's what made we want to reach out.

    Though I didn't, I had a status dedicated to him, today, and I went into my old hard drive and found a picture of me and him in the lobby of BAM from 2005, I believe, from a big Muppet event they had, where I also had the pleasure of meeting Jerry Juhl, amongst others. It's a really huge loss for the Muppet community, and I think I feel it more because of the years that my connection to and enjoyment of these characters and performers has grown. Sure, I will always remember when and where I was when I learned of Jim's passing, but I was still a kid, and he was an icon beyond just being a performer. Richard's death did not get my attention because I was still mostly a kid and I wasn't as familiar with all of the men and women behind these characters other than Jim. I've come to appreciate them all much more, since then, and they have all been a HUGE inspiration in my own creative endeavors.

    I am not especially spiritual, but I do hope/believe that Richard and Jerry will be getting into all sorts of goofy hijinks, while Jim smiles and looks on, and I'm sure Christine will be happy to see her dad, again, and vice-versa. Additionally, I hope more coverage in the media comes out. Sure, they'll probably mostly point out The Count, but we all know he was so much more than that, and it's nice to see some of the posted tributes notice that, especially when one just credited him as a "voice actor". Don't these people know how puppets work? Well, I don't want to end it on a bitter-sounding note. Keep posting all of your rememberances. I think it really helps to have a community to share with and virtual shoulders to cry on. Rest In Peace, Jerry.

  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The Count's been used very infrequently recently due to Jerry's health. I wonder if Matt takes him over completely he'll appear more often.
  15. ftnpro

    ftnpro Member

    It's good to see the story appearing on more news sites as the day goes on. Even if many people didn't know Jerry's name, perhaps they'll catch a glimpse of the stories and take note of his contributions. He was one of the true greats.
  16. LinkiePie<3

    LinkiePie<3 Well-Known Member

    My current deviantART webcam pic. Jerry Nelson; a true and gentle soul, so lovingly missed.

  17. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    I am at a complete loss of words..

    I can't believe he's really gone. I always wondered how it must have felt to be there when Jim passed. The sadness, I believe I am feeling that right now. I will miss him very much. He brought to life my most favorite muppet Uncle Deadly. He also brought to life Floyd, Robin, and Lew.. I always dreamed of one day meeting him and asking him all kinds of questions about The Muppet Show and Uncle Deadly. I just know now that he is in a happier, much better place. I just know that he and Jim are looking down at us right now.:sing::jim:

    If it wasn't for Jerry Nelson, I would have never discovered The Muppet Show.

    Rest In Peace Jerry Nelson.

    You were a Hero to me.
  18. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I couldn't agree more! You can leave Muppet productions, but you can't leave the Muppet Family.
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  19. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    "The voice of the Count..."

    *eye twitch* Somewhere, I can hear Frank Oz screaming, "WE DON'T JUST DO THE BLEEPING VOICES PEOPLE!"
  20. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I certainly hope that Jerry's wife Jan and the rest of his family are doing all right. I wonder if there will be a special service for him in the coming days like they had for Jim, Richard, and Jerry Juhl.? Such wonderful memories to share and remember.

    We love you Jerry Nelson.

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