Our old family friend Peggy Mermelstein died early yesterday. Smartass, artist, transplanted New Yorker, knew I was queer years before I did and didn’t give a shit, devoted mom to Kelly and Brian, great ally and mentor to both me and my sister. Thinking fondly of all our good times in that cozy house around the corner.
Picture: Peggy Mermelstein with her kids Kelly and Brian, December 1991.
Muppeteer Jerry Nelson died yesterday. I’m very sad. In addition to being one of the main Muppet performers for over fifty years, a master at vocal versatility, singing chops, and bringing puppets to life, he was also a master at enjoying life and having integrity, one of the most kind, respectful and fun people I’ve ever had the pleasure of being friends with. Too sad to write the obit right now — Toughpigs has a nice one. And here’s the interview Jerry and I did in 2010.
Today would have been Richard Hunt’s 61st birthday, and as a treat I’m sharing his rare in-person Sesame Street cameo, aired November 1981 in episode 1576.
In 1981, the 30-year-old Hunt had been with The Muppets for a decade. Jerry Nelson, also known as The Count, says that in the early years, “Richard was like a puppy, bouncy and overeager. We had to sit on him a lot.” We see Hunt’s irrepressible glee in this clip, where he and Madeline Kahn play a hilarious pair of bird-brained birdwatchers. Continue reading
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Last week, while visiting my dear old friend Dawn and her partner Janell in Victoria, B.C., a charming town with a wide, thriving waterfront, I had the pleasure of whale-watching in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The experience was so transcendant I had to share. Continue reading
Happy pride! Please enjoy my eyewitness account from the Stonewall Inn on the night gay marriage came to New York state, now in the Indypendent! “Does Gay Marriage Endanger Queer Community?” While gay marriage is a great step forward for many families, let us never forget that we are family.