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

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

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    What's even sadder to think that, even though Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Fran Brill, and Dave Goelz are all pretty much original Muppeteers as well, it was really the foursome of Jim, Frank, Jerry, and Richard who were always the most celebrated of really all the Muppeteers (like, notice during credit crawls you have Muppet Performers: Frank Oz Jerry Nelson Richard Hunt with...), and now, only Frank remains from that foursome. :(
  2. catherine

    catherine Active Member

    it's like a part of our muppet clan has gone but not leaving us but to join the others.
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  3. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    That's the thing. The original Muppet gang - I mean, ORIGINAL original start of the company in the 50s and 60s - was comprised of Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jane Henson, Don Sahlin, Jerry Juhl, and Jerry Nelson.

    Now it's just Jane Henson and Frank remaining. At least, in this life.
  4. bknatchbull

    bknatchbull Well-Known Member

    A very sad day for the whole Muppet Universe. Thoughts are with Jan Nelson today.
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  5. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Me too about your first sentence. I didn't except to that happen that soon, too.

    I hope that The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala special would dedicate to Jerry's memory since this special is going to air in the fall. :sing:
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  6. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    i was just thinking....Is the Count have a back up voice? matt perhaps?
  7. kundry77

    kundry77 New Member

    Farewell, Gobo.... :((((
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  8. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Active Member

    Hopefully so, and quick, too... Matt Vogel as Count von Count... It's completely new to him. He must be terribly frightened, yet excited to carry on the legacy of Mr. Nelson. Remember how long it took to find a replacement for Scooter?
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    All that's really been done with Count in recent years is any other performer who happens to be on the set that day (I've seen behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube with Kevin) will do the actual puppeteering of him, but the dialogue is already pre-recorded by Jerry... so if anything, yes, Count will need a new voice now, and hopefully, since he's done such a wonderful job with Floyd and Uncle Deadly, that Matt will take on Count now.
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  10. FB92

    FB92 New Member

    He was a fantastic man with such an awesome portrayal on so many Muppet characters. He will be sadly missed.
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  11. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    Well said and Amen. My consoldence to the family of Jerry Nelson. :(
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  12. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Well, we've known Jerry was on his way out for a few years now. Matt is probably prepared to take over the role of the Count. I'm sure he'll do fine. :batty:
  13. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    I have to say now I wonder what the show going to do about :batty: without Jerry providing the voice ?
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I guess since Season 43 of SST is already completed, I bet each episode of Season 44 will probably end with a little memorium message each episode, like they've done with other major parts of the Sesame Family in the past.
  15. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Thirteen Plus in One

    Some say that we lost a Muppet performer
    Nothing more and nothing less
    Some say we lost a visionary
    And that is all

    But I believe we lost an innocent five year old
    Sitting, wondering why
    I believe we lost a hipster
    Singing a groovy song

    I believe we lost a counting vampire
    Cue thunder and lightning
    I believe we lost a magician
    Ala peanut butter sandwiches!

    I believe we lost a leader
    Who may have made some mistakes
    I believe we lost a trash heap
    Giving out advice

    I believe we lost a strange monster
    With a caring, loving heart
    I believe we lost a doorman
    Even if he slept a lot

    I believe we lost a detective
    With a very faithful dog
    I believe we lost a patron
    Of a bad staffed restaurant

    I believe we lost a whatnot
    BANG BOOM BLAST BANG BOMB!
    I believe we lost another one
    Boomerang fish and all

    I believe we lost a voice
    Announcing such great things
    And that voice is also that one thing
    That assumed these identities
  16. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  17. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Ah, so THAT'S who you are; I've noticed you've favorited some of my deviations over the years.
  19. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  20. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Active Member

    Hubert just inspired me to write a short song about Jerry Nelson.

    First it was Jim Henson,
    Then Richard Hunt as well,
    But recently, just recently,
    There's a new passing to tell.

    Mr. Jerry Nelson
    Veteran Muppeteer,
    He will be sorely missed,
    We all shed a tear.

    He rocked out as Floyd Pepper,
    The hippest, hippie of all.
    Sweetly singing as Robin the Frog,
    It didn't matter if he was small.

    He implemented these role models
    Into our time as kids.
    Now the Muppet world will be different,
    "Goodbye", we all bid.

    He taught us how to throw fish right,
    As that old loon Lew.
    He taught us how to count,
    AH-AH-AH, that's two!:batty:

    He was a companion
    Of a sweet big bird, as well.
    He was a big trash heap
    With much wisdom to tell.

    He blew things up as Crazy Harry,
    Explosion extraordinaire.
    He was a magician, a Fraggle, and a doorman,
    He had a comedic flair.

    But sadly, it is true,
    Everything must come to an end.
    But the legacy of his puppets,
    Will entertain us again and again...


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