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Remembering Jerry Nelson (July 10, 1934-August 23, 2012)

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Oscarfan, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Active Member

    I'm thirty-five, and Jerry's voice is one I've known (actually many I've known) for my entire life. I'm so sad to hear he's gone. Thank you, Jerry Nelson, for all of your wonderful characters and for the wonderful parts of yourself that you brought to them. I hope the Count is keeping track of how many people will miss you. He's going to be counting for a long long time.
  2. PDiddymus

    PDiddymus Member

    Goodbye Jerry...[​IMG]
  3. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Well-Known Member

    ...The Count, Floyd Pepper and Robin just lost their voices, didn't they? T_T

    I'm sorry to hear about this, and his family will be in my prayers. He will be sorely missed. :(
  4. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    No, no this can't be happening. I've been dreading this day for years. One of the only Muppet perfromers left has passed. He voiced my second and first favorite characters, Crazy Harry, and Uncle Deadly. His voice and music was inspirational. H-he was a f-freind to us all, and a-always kept us e-entertained. It, j-just, c-can't h-happ- ( starts sobbing ). I hope you got my letter, Jerry. We love you and miss you all. Say "hi" to Jim and Richard for us. Goodbye. :sympathy::cry:
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  5. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    Needless to say I'm devastated to see such a large part of our collective childhoods pass away. I don't think there will be anyone that can do The Count justice in the future, not in the least like Jerry did. I'm really bummed about it all, I feel as if his contribution to FR and to SST really is what I admire most about him. He really brought a sense of characterisation nobody else could.
    Rest In Peace, Jerry Nelson.:batty:
  6. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I had first gotten to privately visit with Jerry Nelson on the old Muppet Central Delphi chat back in the fall of 1998. It was a magical time to be a Muppet fan, what with Muppets From Space being filmed and some other things we believed to be in development. From his chats and his posts, you could tell Nelson was an incredibly sweet individual who had a strong interest in connecting with the fans and participating. At Muppetfest December 2001 in Santa Monica I finally had a chance to visit in person with him, and he really stole the show that entire weekend. At one point during his part in the q and a(performing Floyd) he took time to ask how many in the audience of 1100 had come from Muppet Central(he was also wearing an MC badge Frogboy had made)

    He was the only Muppeteer from then on out who would regularly check in as well as post here on MC, which was very special.

    Unfortunately, many of us were fearing this day, knowing about his health. Such a very gentle and warm creative soul, he gave of his performance and heart until he could no longer perform and even then continued to help out. I can only imagine how overjoy he'd be to see everyone on here, Facebook, etc commenting on how he's meant so much to everyone. Even to those who would never know his name per se, but knew the voice and the characters.
  7. beatnikchick300

    beatnikchick300 Well-Known Member

    RIP. So sad, I don't know what else to say....:cry:
  8. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    That's so terrible. :cry:

    He's one of my favorite Muppeters.


    We'll miss you with all of our heart and all of our soul. :sing: :batty::smirk::fishy: :search: :cluck:

    I hope Matt Vogel takes over The Count (both voice & puppetry) so that the character will live on.

    The Count will still appear in the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Right?
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  9. Scooterforever

    Scooterforever Active Member

    This is the 1st time I've heard the news. How utterly heartbreaking. I know it's naive and unlikely, but I hope some of the major news outlets take a break from the latest celebrity gossip to talk about the passing of this great man.
  10. Vincent Liu

    Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised it's not mentioned on the news, or any other major non-blog website. For one thing, this is making Wikipedia citations difficult.
  11. razza1987

    razza1987 New Member

    This is my first ever post on this forum. I have been receiving updates to my email for months but this is the first time I have ever wanted to come on here and say something.

    Jerry you were such a huge part of my childhood and I will even admit to watching your characters on Sesame Street when I would have so much time off school at 16 years of age haha.

    Your many characters brought so much love and happiness to my life and so much magic. While I never knew you personally I believe that characters such as Robin showed the kind and gentle soul that you had. The Muppets world is a bit darker today.

    Thank you so much, for everything
  12. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    The first thing I do every morning as soon as I wake up is to type in the address for the Muppet Central Forum. And I don't know if it was Jim or Richard or Jerry or someone else that made me do it, but on this particular morning, instead of having the forum list showing up, the main Muppet Central page showed up. And that's when I saw it, and I am thankful that I did type in the address wrong, so I could see it that way instead of as a thread title.

    I, I just don't know what to say to this. I'm just in such disbelief. Even though I knew he had health issues, it just seemed like he would be able to keep fighting them forever. I never expected this. Jerry was such an influential figure on my life, the fact that he has passed away now, I just am in shock from it. Right now I feel like the little child not old enough to understand death. It's just shocking that the man that I grew up with suddenly is gone.

    You will be seeing more stuff from me today once I get my thoughts straightened out. Probably a tribute article on Dynamite Determination. And I just, I just can't drive myself to be that active on the forum today. I just can't drive myself to use the crazy thread and the CCC and all the fun stuff we have. So I'm probably not going to be too active today.

    Thank you, Mr. Nelson, your presence shall be missed.
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  13. Scooterforever

    Scooterforever Active Member

    I will watch "Can You Picture That" and "Mr. Bassman," my two favorite Floyd Pepper numbers, to honor his memory.
  14. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Just to echo and add to everyones comments, Jerry was such a huge part of The Jim Henson Company and his iconic characters will be remembered and live on for all to enjoy. I also had the pleasure of speaking to Jerry on Muppet Central and was grateful he was so generous interacting with the community that shared his love and passion for The Muppets, Sesame, Fraggles and all the other productions. It's lovely that Muppet Central are choosing to remember Jerry with lots of his music as that was one of his favourite areas, i'm sure he'd be touched.
  15. razza1987

    razza1987 New Member

  16. CopperPot

    CopperPot Member

    We were very lucky to have spent some time with Mr. Nelson both on the set of Sesame and in his home. On set, we happened to be filming with Caroll the same day there was a scene between the Count and Big Bird. It was a joy to watch him work. We timidly approached Mr. Nelson and asked if it would be ok to film him relaxing between takes with Caroll. He obliged (which was good, because we really were quite nervous to approach him as he was, after all, a legend). Hearing Caroll and Mr. Nelson talk about the "old days" was a truly wonderful experience and one we are honored to have been privy to.

    Then, in February of this year, we called Mr. Nelson and asked if we could come interview him. Again, he welcomed us without hesitation. It was a magical afternoon, though perhaps my favorite moment was when we were sharing some of Caroll's footage with Mr. Nelson. The rest of the team was busy setting up the shot, so he and I went into his TV room and fired up the behind-the-scenes footage of "A Muppet Family Christmas." Mr. Nelson had never seen this material before; there are no words to describe how honored I was to see it with him and hear him relive the experience.

    Though we knew his characters for our entire lives, we only knew the man but a brief while. We knew him to be a kind and generous soul who we will miss greatly.

    -Dave
  17. Vincent Liu

    Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    I'm so glad I knew him before he passed away. Though my dream of ever meeting him is shattered.
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  18. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Active Member

    I just got the email from MC. At first, I saw the subject was "Jerry Lee Nelson", so I was like, "Hmmm... What email is this about? If it's about Jerry Nelson, the only possibility is that either he's come out of retirement or he's.... Wait..."

    So I checked the email, and it hit me right in the face like a skillet.

    "Saying goodbye... Muppet legend, once-in-a-lifetime voice, irreplaceable soul, dear friend... Jerry Nelson has passed. We remember... and will never forget."

    It was so... Shocking. I never expected him to die. I know his health was declining, but somehow, he seemed so... Invincible. Like he'd never die. He performed so energetically, I forgot he's human. I could not comprehend the news. I went on Toughpigs, Muppet Wikia, and Wikipedia, and they all stated he's passed away. I coudn't believe my eyes.

    He was an essential component in the universe of Muppets. Sure, he's a pretty overshadowed Muppeteer. No one knows who HE is. But they knew the Muppets that he played. Lew Zealand, Floyd Pepper, Robin, Gobo, Count von Count, Crazy Harry... The list is endless. He taught us how to count. He encouraged world peace. He threw boomerang fish. He loved explosions. He made being small not bad at all. But most of all, he helped shape our childhoods. He will be missed.

    R.I.P Jerry Lee Nelson

    (1934-2012)
  19. Vincent Liu

    Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    The lyrics for When the River Meets the Sea, which somehow feels appropriate at this time.

    When the mountain touches the valley
    All the clouds are taught to fly
    As our souls will leave this land most peacefully
    Though our minds be filled with questions
    In our hearts we'll understand
    When the river meets the sea

    Like a flower that has blossomed
    In the dry and barren sand
    We are born and born again most gracefully
    Thus the winds of time will take us
    With a sure and steady hand
    When the river meets the sea

    Patience, my brother and patience, my son
    In that sweet and final hour
    Truth and justice will be done

    Like a baby when it is sleeping
    In its loving mother's arms
    What a newborn baby dreams is a mystery
    But his life will find a purpose
    And in time he'll understand
    When the river meets the sea
    When the river meets the almighty sea
  20. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I am so sad. He was one of my favorite Muppeteers. I just wrote a letter to him last week. I should've done that years ago. I can't believe this. :(


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