As Richard Hunt’s biographer, I get the most wonderful mail! Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites.
Thank you so much for the wonderful work you did on “Rainbow Connection: Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer”.
I had the privilege of working with and being mentored by Richard during Fraggle Rock. I was the doofus in the big hairy costume while he provided the voice and animatronic puppeteering for the face of Junior Gorg. He taught me a lot about the craft, the business and a great deal about life in general.
There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard – usually in ways I least expect but always in manner consistent with Richard’s expansive and giving nature. Sometimes it’s just a little muttering voice with rolling eyes in the back of my skull that says: “Oh well, you THATs bullshit.” and other times just a surging imperative sense of what must be made right and human in any given situation. It’s hard to explain – but he’s always hanging around.
I won’t babble on – I just wanted to say thank you for opening up to the world a little more of the great soul and massive heart that was Richard. Well done.
One thing I remember about being a little kid was that the world was very confusing. The Muppet Show and Sesame Street however, made perfect sense. If an author or performer gives life to a character then I am in debt to Richard Hunt. Mainly because I thought as a kid that Kermit would have been in such trouble without Scooter, even though there were numerous times when Scooter got Kermit in to trouble acting as a stage manager/gofer. You have written a beautiful and dignified account of a performer who I think made the world a little easier to handle for many a confused kid.
Much like everyone (well, everyone cool), I grew up with The Muppets.
I’ve devoured many books about Henson and Sesame Street.
But I never thought to search for a book on Richard Hunt – an unbelievably ignored gap in published Muppet history (same with Jerry Juhl).
So thank you for writing your Hunt biography.
And in the nicest possible way – hurry up.
I really want to read it.