Jerry Nelson, puppeteer and voice of Count Von Count on Sesame Street for four decades has died at the age of 78, and with him goes a little piece of my childhood. Watching The Count count various objects was one of my favorite pastimes as a child. The sight of his pale purplish skin, wire monocle, crazy eyebrows, teeny fangs, and massive hook nose combined with the his maniacal laughter always made me squeal with delight. I know he played a key role in steering me towards my geeky adulthood and I owe him something of a debt… To honor the man behind the count, I give you this modest homage in Sesame Street colors.
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