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The Man Behind Gordon: An Interview with Roscoe Orman

It’s a shame Sesame Workshop may be “letting go” three beloved actors, including the multifaceted Roscoe Orman, who did this great interview with me for the book: “The Man Behind Gordon”. Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday, Jerry Nelson

Thinking of Jerry Nelson, who would have been 82 years young today. Here’s the biographical essay I wrote about him, “The Count Writes a Haiku”. Grateful for all his work to make “millions of people happy”.

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Summer Book News

Had a great time at the Biographers International Organization conference in Richmond last month, where I was applauded as a finalist for their Hazel Rowley Prize for a first-time biographer doing particularly promising work. Readers may have noticed this website … Continue reading

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The Count Writes a Haiku

Jerry Nelson would have been 80 today. I was lucky to know him. Here’s my memorial essay, “The Count Writes a Haiku.”

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A Postcard from ‘Old Pete’

Folk legend Pete Seeger has long been one of my heroes. A true patriot, he consistently brought together music and politics, not with dogma but with delight. Here’s a terrific postcard Seeger sent me in 2006, in response to my … Continue reading

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