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

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

  1. anytimepally

    anytimepally Active Member

    Boo-hoo, Whoa-whoa-whoa
    Boo-hoo, Whoa-whoa-whoa

    I'm sad... Oh boy, am I feelin' bad!
    I wipe the tears from my eyes;
    want to sit down an cry

    Whoa, I'm so blue!
    I just don't know what to do
    I'm such an unhappy guy.

    Rotten things happen.. it's okay to be sad. :sing:
  2. jgidley

    jgidley Active Member

    Hey, I'm 14 too. It's good to see someone else my age that knows who Jerry Nelson is.
  3. RC1979

    RC1979 Member

    Just found out. Can't belive it.
  4. Zeliboba

    Zeliboba Member

    I'm listening to his muppet songs now. Can't hold my tears... :( :cry:
  5. GoboDeadly95

    GoboDeadly95 Active Member

    I don't know what to say. Gobo was always my favorite Muppet and character in all of the Henson TV shows. It was what kept me hoping for peace as a child and keeps me trying to be a leader and bring peace to the world today. Mr. Nelson has been my inspiration and my hope as I've tried to cope with and struggled with bullying issues and the creation of my Club and Operation L.E.T. (Light at the End of the Tunnel) as his charcters and vocal acting was my inspiration to keep on in my life. I cannot express how much his work has affected me in such a posotive way. Whenever I was upset his characters made me smile and laugh it off.
    I cannot begin to express my sorrow for his loss and how much I will miss him.
    R.I.P. Jerry Nelson. :cry:
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  6. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Mean either. Many fans of Jerry Nelson thought it was a dream but that became true.
    I had never expected Jerry Nelson dying last night.

    He's one of my inspirations. His characters made me feel happy whenever I see them.

    He will always be in our hearts.

    Wherever you are, Thank You, Jerry for all the great memories.
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  7. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    I don't know what to say, but, quite honestly, Gobo Fraggle is why I think I'm such a leader now at almost 18 years old. Through such wonderful characters (especially Gobo), Jerry Nelson touched my life and I am very sad that he's gone.
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  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    ABC News did a brief little tribute to him tonight, mentioning how before Twilight and True Blood, everybody's favorite purple vampire was Count Von Count, who taught generations of kids how to count, and that he also brought to life other characters as well, including Mr. Snuffleupagus, and they also mentioned that there was a fear that some felt Count would be too scary a character for the kids watching, but it was Jerry's charm and whimsy that made him such a beloved character for millions of kids.
  9. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    glad they had a nice feature on Jerry at the end of the NBC nightly news
  10. TheWeirdoGirl

    TheWeirdoGirl Well-Known Member

    This morning I did the same thing I do first thing every morning, which is check my e-mail. Let's just say, I had not planned to start my day with tears. I just can't believe he's gone.

    I watched Sesame Street almost every day for years, and I had sort of a game that I would play whenever I watched it. I always knew they were puppets, and I always wondered who the people beneath them were. So I would listen to the character's voices really closely and try to figure out which characters were performed by the same puppeteers (though the only names that I was able to match with the voices were Jim Henson and Frank Oz). Later, I did the same thing while watching other Muppet productions.

    I didn't know Jerry's name until maybe a year ago, but even long before that, I couldn't help but smile whenever I heard his voice and saw his performances. For as long as I can remember, I've loved his voice because it had this certain quality to it that I don't really know how to describe. To this day, I just can't help but smile when I hear him. Just recently, my siblings and I were watching The Muppet Movie, and I got all happy and excited when Floyd did his solo on Can You Picture That. The same thing happened when I watched The Muppets for the first time and heard Jerry as the announcer.

    Pretty much all day I've been thinking, Oh yeah, he played this character, and that character, and this one too, and that one... and I'm just amazed at how many characters he did, and what a great range he could do. He truly was amazing.

    So, I guess I just want to say... thank you Jerry. Thank you for teaching me how to count, for making me laugh, smile, and even sometimes cry. Though we never met or even communicated, you had a big impact on me, probably bigger than I realize. The Muppet world won't ever be the same without you.
  11. Kermoot

    Kermoot New Member

    I thought I was almost the only young person who even cared about the muppets enough to go on a forum
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  12. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Last night I logged on to Facebook and the first thing I saw was Muppet Wiki's post on Jerry's passing, and I'm thinking to myself, "WHAT?!". But I had a real bad feeling that it would happen at one point or another. Earlier today while I was watching Sesame Street's 25th Birthday: A Musical Celebration (for old time's sake), I kept getting chills or nearly started tearing up whenever any of Jerry's characters appeared/spoke (as well as during Bein' Green and I Don't Want to Live on the Moon; yeah I know these clips don't involve Jerry, but it's the truth). Of course that's when I realized that it's going to be hard to watch or listen to anything with his involvement (especially if he's performing with Jim and/or Richard).

    When I was in 6th grade (about 5 or 6 years ago) , I wrote to Sesame Workshop (see the Fan Mail thread for the reason why I did) and sometime later, not only did they send me a letter back, but they also included these autographed photos of Oscar, Ernie, and The Count. Even if Jerry didn't sign the photo of The Count, that one is the holy grail/most important of the three (three vonderful photos! ah! ah! ah!), as of right now, for an obvious reason.

    Currently, I'm trying to work on a video as a tribute to Jerry Nelson, and I'm hoping to upload it on YouTube or something.

    Otherwise, I know that Matt Vogel will do a fantastic job taking over his characters.

    RIP, Jerry Nelson! You were one of the best performers ever, and every Muppet Fan is going to miss you so much! :batty: :search: :sing: :fishy: :crazy: :cluck: :smirk:
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You know, when I was in Grade 8, there was a bizarre little page that was made over the school P.A. system that really caught my attention:

    "Would Jerry Nelson report to the main office, please? Jerry Nelson please report to the main office."

    I'm it wasn't THE Jerry Nelson, but heh, what are the odds of hearing something like that in school?
  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    That's strange. I never heard something like this before but it was interesting to hear that.
  15. Shangothefrog

    Shangothefrog New Member

    It's indeed a very sad day for all Muppet fans. Thank you, Mr. Jerry Nelson for bringing your characters to life. Floyd Pepper, Camilla, Pops, J.P. Grosse, Robin The Frog, Ma Bear, Lew Zealand, Louis Kazagger, Crazy Harry, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Slim Wilson, Sherlock Hemlock, Mumford, Biff, Herry Monster, Mr. Johnson, Sam the Robot, Count Von Count, Gobo, Trash Heap, Pa Gorg, Uncle Deadly.....are now voiceless (moment of silence).

    You'll be missed, along with Jim Henson, and Richard Hunt. RIP
  16. HeyButtahfly

    HeyButtahfly Well-Known Member

    I just heard the news. Like many of you, I am at a loss for words. I don't even think to say that I'm devastated is the right word.

    Thank you, Jerry. You are certainly not forgotten.
  17. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  18. Zoot the Saxer

    Zoot the Saxer Active Member

    Nope, we're out there.
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  19. jgidley

    jgidley Active Member

    If anyone has a clip of either that or the NBC story, that would be great
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  20. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member


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