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

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

  1. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  2. GoboDeadly95

    GoboDeadly95 Well-Known Member

    Hey has anyone found out anything about the condolance/ letters of rememberance yet?
  3. Tom Fraggle

    Tom Fraggle Well-Known Member

    The Lose Of A Dear Friend

    Gobo Fraggle is grieving over the lose of his very close friend by his graveside.

    Thanks Jerry for all the wonderful memories you leave behind for us to share for generations to come. You will be greatly missed!
  4. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  5. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    I don't think Robin ever got so much attention before.
  6. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  7. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Stephanie D’Abruzzo has posted about Jerry's passing on her personal blog - http://stephaniedabruzzo.blogspot.ca/2012/08/jerry.html

    Also, Pam Arciero posted this message to the O'Neil Puppetry Conference Facebook Page earlier tonight:

    There have been many, many comments from friends and colleagues of Jerry's on Twitter since his passing (search Twitter for "RIP Jerry Nelson" or just "Jerry Nelson") and a lot of comments on Facebook as well.
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  8. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    Scooter289, I loved your video tribute of Jerry. Using one of his original songs and listing most of the characters he performed was a fantastic idea!
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  9. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

  10. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    I heard the news just before I started work...it was an email from Muppet Central. "Jerry Lee Nelson...1934-2012"


    Like many of you, I felt like a sledgehammer hit me in the chest. It was like May 16, 1990 all over again. "Dear God, no..." I whispered at the monitor. With every post I read on MC, Tough Pigs and on Facebook, the hammer blows only increased. Jerry Nelson was gone. I read the posts until I couldn't take it anymore...or until a fresh set of tears turned the computer screen into a shapeless, glowing blob.

    It was extremely tough to work that day. Like everyone else here, I loved Jerry too. I only met him through Facebook, but at least I was able to tell him how much Fraggle Rock meant to me and to thank him for all the wonderful songs, characters and all around positive influence he had on my life.

    I too wondered, upon Jerry's ascent into Heaven, I would expect him to yell "PIIIIGS IIIIN SPAAAAAACE". No Mr. Roe, it isn't corny at all to want Jerry to announce your arrival into Heaven. I'd want that, too. What Muppet fan wouldn't?

    I was lucky enough to receive his autograph in the mail once back in January 2000. What a great way to start the millennium!

    My only regret is that I didn't tell him about my wedding cake. See, my wife and I just got married on August 4th. The photographer hasn't gotten our photos done yet, otherwise I would've shown Jerry the picture of the cake. It was an exact replica of Ma and Pa Gorg's 513th anniversary cake from "Ring Around the Rock". It even had the PVC figures of Ma and Pa on the top. We chose it because of our love for Fraggle Rock...a masterpiece and one of the most positive influences of our lives. (Look closely at the base of the case and you will see a photo of Junior holding the real deal).

    Also displayed at the wedding were photographs of those we loved and admired: those who were not present physically, but still beloved by myself and my bride. Among the photos of family members and loved ones who had passed away was a group shot of some of the main Muppeteers: Jim, Frank, Richard, Dave, Steve...and Jerry. Just minutes before I was wed, I glanced at their picture and silently thanked them all. Along with my family, the Muppets were a huge source of silly joy. Jerry was an important part of that.

    Behind the photos was a sculpture I had created for my aunt and uncle one Christmas: a miniature scale model of the Gorg's Castle, complete with the well, the garden, the Gorgs, Fraggle Rock, the Trash Heap, Philo, Gunge and even those salt and pepper shakers Junior made (see Blanket of Snow, Blanket of Woe).

    I have been to the set of Sesame Street once. Whenever I go again, I will proudly wear my Count Von Count shirt in honor of Jerry.

    Often things in the real world remind me of things in the Muppet universe. When I see construction workers, I always think of Biff and Sully. Any restaurant I am in, I smile if I see swinging kitchen doors with circular windows. I hear Fat Blue's frustrated cry of "WAITER!" in my head every time. The fourth stair outside my apartment complex isn't in the nursery. It isn't in the town. Finally, let's face it. Every single one of us on this message board who has heard thunder and lightning immediately thinks of the Count. I did just last night. A storm went through here and as the thunder rumbled outside, I said "Ah ah ah!" in my best Count voice. It was a reflex. I looked up at the churning sky and thought with a sad smile "Jerry's still counting."

    There's more I could tell, but as the song says..."So much to say, foolish to try."

    Keep on countin' up there, Jerry.:batty: We miss you, we thank you and we love you.

    Josh Hankemeier
  11. Yorick

    Yorick Well-Known Member

    Convincing John, that was very touching, and I thank you for sharing. I feel like collecting all my thoughts and writing something...but it's difficult. You said it best:
    That's how this feels, and I'm sure more than a few of us had this exact experience...thank you again for expressing your feelings in this difficult time. I know I relate to your post very much. There are no words to accurately express how it feels after a loss of someone you've known all your life through their characters...and in the last 10 years I've learned about the great man himself, and how wonderful he was.

    I want to honor Jerry by sharing some of his work. I had planned to share this work Jerry did as soon as I acquired it, but I never got around to it.

    All links expire on Sept 10th 2012, so go get 'em.

    Here are two performances of his that aren't on his CD (though I added them to the end of the track list on my mp3 player as bonus tracks).

    11 All My Life

    12 The Carioca

    And here's his 2000 appearance as Little Jerry on Sesame Street...sorry, but I only have the 3 parts I am sharing here:

    He's mostly in part 1:

    Doesn't seem to be in part 2:

    He's seen shortly in part 3:

    I assume it's from the same episode as "When You Move The Mouse" but I'm not sure.

    Anyone and everyone is welcome to upload these clips to their youtube channel or whatever, because it seems I haven't heard of a SS clip being removed yet, and I certainly don't claim to own them, and I know my fellow fans here just want to spread the great work of all the Muppeteers, and honor the wonderful Jerry Nelson, who will always live on in our hearts.
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  12. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    It's all so sad I don't even know what to say.
  13. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    That's why I just made a Memorial video to express how I felt about his passing. I'm not really good at writing my thoughts on paper or on screen...this is gonna sting for a long time but at least we have the memories. And the spirit of Jerry will live on in the characters he performed forever. No MATTER WHO takes over.
  14. Yorick

    Yorick Well-Known Member

    Phillip said: "Muppet legend, once-in-a-lifetime voice, irreplaceable soul, dear friend... Jerry Nelson has passed. We remember... and will never forget."
    Such a strong, true, meaningful statement made in just two sentences. I really appreciate it, and I agree 100%. And then of course more truth with "He loved to sing and share his music with all of us." and "Love all the people in your life. Our time here is so short." :cry: Thank you again for this post.

    Along with feeling so very sad over this loss, my thoughts are with his wife and everyone that loves him. It's hard enough being a fan who never met him, so it must be even more difficult for his loved ones.

    If all new Muppet activity stopped today, and stopped forever, Jerry would still live on in his work, because the spirit in his art is that wonderful and strong, period.
  15. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    We might not have met him personally but in some ways I think we did. It's hard to put into words but I think we all know who they are personally in someways maybe not physically but spiritually, and mentally I think we do.
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  16. RC1979

    RC1979 Well-Known Member

    I found one reaction from Whoopi Goldberg http://twitter.com/WhoopiGoldberg/status/239074242317127680
  17. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  18. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Here's tribute artwork to Jerry Nelson made by Chandra Free.[​IMG]
  19. AlittleMayhem

    AlittleMayhem Well-Known Member

    Oh, wow, that is cool!
  20. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I've been beside myself on hearing of Jerry's recent passing but I've been enjoying reading everyone's thoughts and memories of him. People have been posting wonderful photos of him on Facebook, etc. I'm also very happy to see alot of the major news sites and media outlets reporting on him and giving him coverage.

    I've only met Jerry twice in person now and have talked to him a few times online over the years, but I am blessed to have had those opportunities. Just to give a brief example of the kind of guy he is, about a month ago on Facebook, I thanked him for his time chatting with me and my fiance before the Henson concert at Carnegie Hall back in April. His last words to me were: "Thanks, Melissa. That was a lovely day and chatting with you was one of the elements that made it perfect." I have since printed that out and have it posted above my desk at work to get me through rough days here on the job.

    He will be sorely missed.

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