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Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Oscarfan, Aug 23, 2012.
Welcome to the bad news club…
Yeaaah... Shocking. I was so speechless when I saw the news.
You just can't say anything for this. I made a small obituary on this thread, but it took forever to write. Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel.
I will miss Jerry Nelson for the voice of Count von Count and others voices did Jerry do so well! RiP Jerry Nelson I will miss you!
Really sad news...
I can't believe it... Sad day for Muppet fans...
A "Celebrating Jerry Nelson" playlist on the official Jim Henson YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4AB0F0A608221DDF
A post from the official Facebook page:
Saddened to hear this news. I had trouble finding an obituary online for him earlier today, but found this article:
Also, Jerry's album TRURO DAYDREAMS can be streamed on Spotify:
Jerry Nelson – Truro Daydreams
At last, a major news company releases something.
What I wrote on my blog about Mr. Nelson.
I am a firm believer that one person can change the world. It may involve a series of lucky accidents or it may be something that just falls in your lap or it may be something you work very hard for. But the common theme of people who change the world for the better is that they all have love and passion for what they do.
Today, someone who (in my opinion) has changed the world in numerable ways has passed away.
Not many of you know his name. But many of you have been touched by what he gave to the world.
On Sesame Street Jerry Nelson taught thousands (millions?) children for over 30 years the basic function of counting as Count Von Count. As Henry Monester he taught kids that looks can be misleading and what matters are your motivations and what is in your heart.
Jerry Nelson taught the world to be hip as he brought to life the original hipster, Sgt. Flyod Pepper. Jerry showed the world his tender and childlike side by bringing to life the character of Kermit's nephew Robin where he showed that no matter how small a person is they still have something important to give the world. And who can forget how we taught the world to be whimsical and to throw fish as Lew Zealand, the boomerang fish thrower.
In Fraggle Rock, Mr. Nelson brought to life one of his most well rounded characters, Gobo. Through Gobo, Mr. Nelson taught the world to explore and to not be scared of what is around us even if we don't understand it.
Jerry also had one of the best singing voices I have ever heard.
And that's just the cliff notes version of his life.
When I was a young child I quickly absorbed all that I could about who was under the Muppet characters. There was never a traumatic moment where I found out that they where puppets. I always knew. Jerry Nelsons name has been in my head since at least the time I was five. When I was younger than that I would drive my mother crazy singing along to our Fraggle Rock and Muppet Show cassette tapes in the car. Jerry Nelson has almost always been a part of my life.
When Jerry retired from performing a few years ago, the fan community knew that his health had to be declining. Jerry still kept very active with answering fans on his Twitter and kept such a love of Jim Hensons creations. When I first saw the movie THE MUPPETS last years I had no idea he would be providing the voice of the announcer of the Muppet Telethon. I teared up when I heard his instantly recognizable voice because I knew in the back of my mind that he was not going to be with us much longer and out of how much I respected the filmmakers for including him in the film.
Jerry Nelson may no longer be with the world. His soul is surely up in heaven with Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, his daughter, and Jerry Juhl. But what Jerry Nelson gave the world will never be able to leave. He has given too much to us and his body of work will keep helping kids to count, and people to explore, and us to sing for as long as this civilization stands.
Jerry Nelson changed the world for the better. The world is such a better place thanks to what he has shared with us.
It's going to be realllly hard for me to watch Fraggle Rock, and a lot of other things now. Just like I have trouble watching Golden Girls because 75% of the main cast is gone, Muppet things are adding a sense of sadness for me.
CBC co-produced Fraggle Rock, so I can imagine that they were very interested in posting this. Glad that Jerry is getting some well-deserved attention.
I too just finished taking the time to write up a little something about Jerry and what he's brought to all of us on my blog as well:
I don't know what to say. It's too much to process. I knew he was having health troubles, but I wasn't expect... this.
Goodbye... and thank you.
Just read it. "Say hello to Jim Henson and Richard Hunt for us". Way to make me cry, SnowBro. *hugs*
I cannot listen to "Saying Goodbye" right now. I'm going to babble away like a baby.
Yup, I feel the exact same way. Just thinking about it makes me almost start weeping!
Look at the Sesame Workshop website blog entry about the death of Jerry Nelson.
We will all miss Jerry so deeply.
AH IT'S TOO LATE I WATCHED IT ANYWAYS :'( R.I.P.
It doesn't seem real. When you see someone you love pass away, it seems unbelievable. We will all miss you, Jerry. I hope to meet you one day, up there.
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