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Caroll Spinney: 1933 - 2019

This one is a huge loss.

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Caroll. Over the years, he’s appeared in quite a few Blarg posts.

I’ve always been grateful for the personal letter and artwork he sent me back in 2010, but today I cherish that correspondence so much more.

Thanks for the memories, Caroll. And for being such a huge part of, and influence on my childhood.

The loss of a legend,

-Shady

…to visit Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in July.

I wasn’t allowed to take photos of anything they were currently building (but believe me when I say this: IT WAS ALL AWESOME), but I was allowed to take a few shots of some of the stuff they had scattered around their conference room.

First up, a couple sculptures of Jim.

Some Jim busts.

Next, the eyes and facial animatronics from Carol of Where The Wild Things Are.

Carol's eyes from "Where the Wild Things Are."

These are Jim’s original designs for the creatures of Turkey Hollow.

Jim's "Turkey Hollow" creature designs.

Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs was there…

Baby Sinclair from "Dinosaurs."

…as was Yolanda from… something.

Yolanda!

But then things got really cool, like this Oscar the Grouch that was one of the originals used on Sesame Street way back in the day.

Oscar the Grouch!

And then there were the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal!

Skeksis!

So…

Skeksis!

…many…

Skeksis!

…awesome…

Skeksis!

…and amazing…

Skeksis!

…Skeksis!

Skeksis!

And finally, in the bathroom, I came across these two signs…

So must guests.

…accompanied by this sitting on the counter.

But not with that.

As a sidenote, I also got to meet Toby Froud, Brian Froud’s son, later that day. All in all, it was a pretty awesome experience.

Hopefully, some day soon I’ll be able to tell you why I was there, which is also an amazing story. Hoping I can share it with you all soon, folks!

Until then,

-Shady

…no kidding.

Last November, I wrote Caroll Spinney a quick letter to thank him for contributing to such a large part of my childhood. For those of you who don’t know, Spinney has portrayed numerous characters on “Sesame Street” for the show’s past 41 seasons. He’s best known for his work as both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

Last weekend, I opened our mailbox to find this envelope (click on all images for larger versions):

Inside the envelope, I found this two-page letter:

As well as this original illustration:

Spinney is also an accomplished artist; he illustrated numerous Sesame Street books throughout his career.

So yeah… that was pretty awesome.

Learn more about Caroll Spinney here.

I even get the Eminem joke from Big Bird,

-Shady

"Sesame Street" on Google

Anything dirty or dingy or dusty,

-Shady

…I posted this long-lost clip of Stevie Wonder performing “Superstition” on “Sesame Street” back in the seventies.

My friend Josh Peters runs his own blog (Lunchbox Unlimited) and, along with a group of fellow artists, is a part of something called “Sketch-a-Day” where, well, he does a new sketch of artwork every day. Or mostly every day.

Anyway, Josh decided that today’s sketch would be inspired by that video of Stevie funking out on “Sesame,” and here’s what he came up with:

Josh Peters' "Stevie on Sesame Street"

Awesome job, man! I especially love Mr. Hooper playing the broom!

Be sure to check out Josh’s site to see more of his work.

Blarg-a-Day,

-Shady

Old Poop!