This Day in Death

7.26.13: ‘Captain Kangaroo’ Puppeteer Cosmo Allegretti – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 10:47 am August 9, 2013

COSMO_ALLEGRETTILet’s get one thing straight right now, Television; The day I’m gonna let a puppeteer in a kerchief entertain my children is the day I… well, the day I have children, for starters. Although that’s kinda unlikely. It’s just something about how they demand to be fed almost every single day, it really cuts into my free time. Alright, this threat kinda petered out, let’s just get on with the ha-has.

 

Hey, remember Captain Kangaroo? Alright, shut up, I can’t actually hear what you’re saying. The internet still doesn’t work like that and anyone who told you otherwise clearly does not respect your intelligence or capacity for critical thinking. No, that was just a transparent attempt at being conversational before I tell you about the death of Kangaroo puppeteer Cosmo Allegretti. That’s not a common first name, so take care not to confuse him with classic Seinfeld character Cosmo Kramer. To help you keep them straight, here’s a little mnemonic device: Cosmo Kramer was the one who entered rooms in hilarious fashion for 9 laugh-filled years, while Cosmo Allegretti was the one who wasn’t played by a crazy old racist.

[Allegretti] was a puppeteer for four years on “The Rootie Kazootie Show” before he started on “Captain Kangaroo.” He remained with the show until CBS canceled it in 1984 to free space for a news-oriented morning show.

Putting aside my disappointment that a compromise wasn’t reached involving a news and current events show hosted by puppets (The McLaughlin Group shouldn’t have to be the only one), it’s a good thing the cancellation took place before the internet was around to get all self-righteous about the death of something they didn’t even know was still around. Remember when the world collectively lost their shit during the 20 minutes when you couldn’t buy a Twinkie? Because my Facebook feed sure does. The poor thing is still recovering from the onslaught of self-righteous, hypoglycemic indignation. Before that had you even thought to eat a goddamn Twinkie in the last 15 years? What I’m getting at here is that you guys are really gonna miss this blog once I’ve been indicted for high crimes against the state and this URL just redirects to a video poker site. Frankly I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already. I’m definitely living on borrowed time as it is.

Source: NY Times

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8.23.12: Muppet Puppeteer Jerry Nelson – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 4:46 pm August 28, 2012

Wow. This Cheech & Chong remake looks… pretty sweet, actually.

 

Jerry Nelson, one of the most prolific Muppet puppeteers, most known for voicing Count von Count and Gobo Fraggle, has died of emphysema at the age of 78. He died on Thursday and I was planning to start the week with that story but then Neil Armstrong had to get all jealous and sweep in to steal Nelson’s thunder. I didn’t wanna say anything in the last post, but that was kinda a dick move. Did you know Armstrong went to the moon twice? Twice! Goddamn, let someone else have a turn. Maybe a handsome blogger with a lot of free time, I dunno. He’d probably be great up there. Collecting soil samples, teaching the beautiful maidens of the Mons Maraldi about Earth-style lovemaking, having shootouts with three-headed alien bank robbers… I don’t know a lot about how space works.

In recent years, Mr. Nelson gave up the physically demanding job of operating the Count and other puppets on “Sesame Street” but still voiced the characters, the workshop said. The show’s new season launches in September, and Mr. Nelson’s voice will be heard.

This is the second Muppet-related death this year, and a lot of people would just see lemons there where I see a boundless sea of lemonade. That’s why I’m beginning work on CSI: Sesame Street, a street-smart crime drama set in a sleepy village that follows the efforts of the local law enforcement to bring down the drug and child-smuggling ring of the evil Mr. Aloysius “Trunks” Snuffleupagus. One early review called it “an insult to both children and adults alike.” That means we can only go up from here, baby!

 

Source: The Washington Post

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