Friday, September 30, 2005
Jerry Juhl, RIP
Jerry Juhl was more responsible for shaping me as a child than I ever realized, and it's only been in the last year that I've come to recognize what a force he was in my development. Any one of his films or television projects would have been enough to guarantee his place in the history of popular culture--Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, Fraggle Rock--but that he had a hand in all of them is just a testament to his immense talents. Over at IGN Kenneth Plume has an informative and touching essay on the occasion of his passing. I envy everyone who got to know him on a personal level, but I count myself lucky to have so much of his work in my DVD library, to enjoy myself and to share with my daughter. Now nineteen months old, whenever she hears the theme music for The Muppet Show or for Fraggle Rock, her eyes open wide, she begins to clap her hands, and she starts dancing around the room. I suppose I can think of no finer tribute for an entertainer than that.