Monday is the day to take count. So how could I let it pass without remembering Jerry Nelson, the voice and puppeteer of Sesame Street’s Count von Count, who taught so many of our children to count? Nelson died Thursday at his home in Cape Cod, after a lengthy struggle with emphysema. He was “the Count” on Sesame Street for forty years, along with voicing Mr. Snuffleupagus, Dr. Julius Strangepork (from Pigs in Space) the boomerang-tossing “Lew Zealand” and Kermit’s nephew, Robin. Sadly, his passing got little notice, and was completely eclipsed on Saturday by the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong.
I hope that Sesame Street will retire the Count, and not just try to replace Jerry Nelson with a sound-alike. There are other characters who can count, but there will always be only one true Count von Count. The video is a clip of the Count as a tyrannical director eliciting a fabulous performance from Liam Neeson, “Counting to Twenty.” Godspeed, Mr. Nelson, and thanks for all the great numbers.
Target today 72 Steps 2737
Breakfast: yogurt with granola. Lunch: two hard-boiled eggs, one serving of “Bugles” Dinner: hot and sour soup, 4 sardines, one Chinese meatball, quarter cup Napa cabbage, half a cup of lo mein, fortune cookie.
– This Week –
Number of pounds to lose this week: 1
Number of pounds lost this week: 3
Cumulative number to have lost by this point: 26
Actual cumulative number lost: 28
Number of steps to have walked: 30,000
Actual number of steps walked: 29,184
Cumulative number to have walked: 500,000
Cumulative number walked: 638,658 (241 miles!)