August 24, 2012, - 5:38 pm

Saying Goodbye to the “The Count” a/k/a Jerry Nelson

By Debbie Schlussel

When I was a very little kid, my late father wasn’t exactly a fan of “Sesame Street,” which he thought was loud and obnoxious and for kids without intelligence, parents, and/or intelligent parents. And I agree on that to this day. But my mother had me watch, and I hated it. I thought it was stupid and for idiots (and that’s pretty much the type of kids at which it’s aimed). As I’ve noted on this site previously, there were only two cool characters on that show that I liked, “The Count” a/k/a “Count von Count,” and “Bad Bart” (who barely made an appearance and was quickly dropped). The Count was voiced by Jerry Nelson, who died Thursday.

Nelson voiced many other muppet characters and was responsible for the marionette scene in the movie, “The Sound of Music.” I don’t know his politics (and that’s the way it should be) or care. But I know he was the only guy who made a really silly, highly overrated show for kids slightly bearable for me as a kid.

Jerry Nelson (and his alter ego, Count von Count), Rest In Peace.

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The advent of “Sesame Street” ushered in the end of America as we knew it and culminated in the unrecognizable mess that we have today that is crippled by totalitarian-like political-correctness, a quasi-fascist police state and morally corrupt and decrepit education system that ensures our continuation toward the abyss.

Captain Kangaroo was much better.

DS_ROCKS! on August 25, 2012 at 1:19 am

I’ve never met a parent who liked Sesame Street, Barney or most of the characters. My son watched Dora when he was 2, but grew out of it after a while. Too bad they don’t have a good male character – Diego is just interested in animals.

As a kid, Disney or Warner Bros characters – Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Tom & Jerry, and other cartoon characters were fascinating. My favorite always was Scooby Doo – cartoon characters, but there was always a mystery & a plot that involved detective work. Too bad more cartoons are nothing like it.

Infidel on August 25, 2012 at 4:03 am

    My daughter, a Mayan Indian from Guatemala, looked like Dora at age 4. Now she can’t stand Dora in any way.

    Occam's Tool on December 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I loved watching sesame street with my toddler, who is now 20! I don’t know what it is like now, but it was good back then.

Karen on August 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

I grew up on Sesame Street and love it old school. I sometimes even like to watch the old clips on Youtube. Since I have Goth sensibilities I like The Count but I must admit he annoyed me as a child. His number OCD was more than I could take. But now I am just like him when learning a language…I must stop and read and understand if something is in Spanish and German.

RIP to Jerry Nelson. A part of my childhood. I loved his voice!

Skunky on August 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I fondly remember Beaney & Cecil as a kid. I even read where Albert Einstein liked it too. I suppose every generation has their respective stupid program they liked..all good

#1 Vato on August 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

DS Rocks should read the first chapter or so of Street Gang. Captain Kangaroo was dreck, and he was horrible to his writers, several of whom quit and were instrumental in the development of Sesame Street.

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