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

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

  1. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    At least you sent him one. I feel like doing that, but I never knew what to write, nor where to send it.
  2. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Speaking of Jerry, Kinect Sesame Street TV and "Five By" with Train, Elmo, and The Count hasn't been released yet so we'll get to see a few more of Jerry's final performances later on in the future. :batty:
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This is so sad. He's the first major performer to have died after I knew that the Muppets were puppets (I'm not counting Eren Ozker, who was only a major performer for one year, or Jerry Juhl, who hadn't been a performer since the 1960s).

    I expect the next Sesame Street season premiere to be dedicated to his memory. I wonder how many currently unaired segments and epsiodes were recorded with his voice. I also wonder if the new "Elmo the Musical" segment will feature him as an announcer.

    I wonder if the upcoming Muppet Christmas Carol blu-ray will be dedicated to his memory which would sort of be fitting considering the movie was dedicated to Jim and Richard).

    Jerry Nelson will be missed. At least we've gotten interviews with him on Muppet Central, Tough Pigs, The Muppet Mindset, and The MuppetCast.
  4. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Wow. This is just shocking. It's very sad. You see and hear about great people like Jerry, and you come to know them by their great characters as though they're part of your family. Somehow you never expect them to leave. But you know what? Jerry lived a good long happy life here. And I bet right now he's up there with Jim, Richard, Jerry, Don, and others continuing to make people happy. My condlences to all who knew Jerry, and to his fans. May he rest in peace.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm at a complete loss for words... this news hit me like a brick wrapped in concrete. I'm sure I'd have something poignant to say when the shock wears off. Drinking this in is going to be quite painful. It's absolutely devastating when someone that close to your childhood memories passes. I let out a huge expletive verbally when I got out of my Captain Oblivious moment and saw the "remembering" banner.
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  6. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    (tears up) Goodbye Jerry. Rest in peace.
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  7. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    When my grandfather died, I didn't feel very sad when I first heard the news. I only cried until after about 3 days after he passed away. Might be the same thing here. Though my heart/feelings does feel rather numb, now.
    I forgot how I felt when Steve Jobs died...
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  8. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I always dreamed that I would meet Jerry someday. He was a great man. :cry:
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  9. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I'm currently wearing a bootleg Muppet Movie cast shirt in honor of Jerry, featuring Robin and Floyd and Camilla and Crazy Harry.
  10. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    It can be really difficult to us when someone we love passes away. :cry:
    I remember when my grandparents died in 2003 and 2004. It was so upsetting to me.

    It was good that Jerry never gave up on doing the voice of The Count up until his death.
    Muppet projects can be really difficult without Jerry Nelson. He was an outstanding Muppeteer.

    (At least Carroll Spinney, Dave Goelz, and Steve Whitmire are still with us.)
  11. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    Suddenly burst into tears while listening to Leave Me Some Magic on repeat... :cry:
  12. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    I feel my heart is still at stage one: denial
  13. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry about your grandparents Fracklefan2012!
    My Uncle Chuck died when I was 16 years old and he was my dad's brother.

    At least you're right about Carroll, Dave and Steve they are still here along with the others.
  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Don't forget about Fran Brill and Frank Oz. They're still here, too.
  15. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    True, but sadly Frank Oz no longer is with them. He didn't think the Muppets was faithful to the characters.
  16. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

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  17. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I know that but there will be a new sketch featuring Frank Oz that will air during Season 43 of Sesame Street.

    Here's proof. http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Season_43_(2012)
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  18. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Yippeee! Frank Oz is my favorite surviving Muppetter. No offense to Dave Golez, or anyone else.
  19. King Rupert

    King Rupert Well-Known Member

    Jerry's singing voice always had this slight imperfection, it didn't matter what character he was performing, there was always this little raspy undertone. That helped me connect to his songs, it made them feel real, music should never be perfectly polished, it's about feelings and expression.

    When my son was born, I decided that while so many kids loved Elmo that I wanted to expose him to the side of the Muppets I always connected with. That side was Jerry.

    I shared Mr. Bassman with him first and he loved the colors and the animation of Floyd and Scooter. When it was time for bed we'd listen to his version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps or Halfway down the Stairs. As he got older he got into Elmo as all kids do, but I would still get a request for one of Jerry's performances here and there.

    This morning upon hearing the news, I sat down with my son on the couch and we went through about 5 or 6 six of Jerry's songs. He is only 2 now but he sat on my lap and gazed into the screen without squirming or requesting Elmo, Kermit or any of his other friends, it was like he knew. We weren't saying goodbye to an old friend we were helping to keep him alive.

    Rest in peace Jerry and thank you for everything you left behind.
  20. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    "Oh, just let me cry, Marilla. The tears don't hurt me like that ache did."
    — Anne of Green Gables
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