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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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Norman Stiles, The Swami of Sesame Street

Norman Stiles, Sesame Street head writer from 1971 to 1995, told me that Richard Hunt used to call him “Swami” – and after talking with him for a couple of hours, I can see why. Stiles comes off as a … Continue reading

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Roscoe Orman: The Man Behind the Icon

You probably know Roscoe Orman best as Sesame Street’s Gordon Robinson, the iconic role he’s played since 1974. Yet Orman’s fame as Gordon masks his artistry and experience as a multifaceted character actor, performing everyone from lawless pimps to Lincoln … Continue reading

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The Count Writes A Haiku: Jerry Nelson (1934-2012)

Cape Cod in February has an austere beauty: sand dunes draped in snow, grey-streaked skies, a generous silence. My friend Mallory and I parked outside the house five minutes before our noon appointment and stood by the car getting our … Continue reading

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Jerry Nelson, 1934-2012

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 … Continue reading

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