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August 24, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been corrected. Please see note below.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who gave voice to dozens of characters on "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock" and "The Muppet Show," died at home in Cape Cod, Mass., on Thursday night after suffering from emphysema for several years. He was 78. A statement on the Sesame Workshop's website (the company that produces "Sesame Street") paid tribute to Nelson, saying, "A member of the 'Sesame Street' family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and many other beloved characters.
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August 27, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer best known for giving voice to Count von Count, the silly but instructional vampire mathematician on television's "Sesame Street," died Thursday at his home in Cape Cod, Mass., the Sesame Workshop announced. He was 78. Nelson had suffered from emphysema for several years. "Every description of his characters described Jerry, as well. Silly, funny, vulnerable, passionate and musical, for sure," said Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of "Sesame Street.
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August 27, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer best known for giving voice to Count von Count, the silly but instructional vampire mathematician on television's "Sesame Street," died Thursday at his home in Cape Cod, Mass., the Sesame Workshop announced. He was 78. Nelson had suffered from emphysema for several years. "Every description of his characters described Jerry, as well. Silly, funny, vulnerable, passionate and musical, for sure," said Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of "Sesame Street.
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August 24, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been corrected. Please see note below.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who gave voice to dozens of characters on "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock" and "The Muppet Show," died at home in Cape Cod, Mass., on Thursday night after suffering from emphysema for several years. He was 78. A statement on the Sesame Workshop's website (the company that produces "Sesame Street") paid tribute to Nelson, saying, "A member of the 'Sesame Street' family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and many other beloved characters.
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November 7, 1993
We applaud Lee Dye's portrait of Jerry Nelson and his pioneering vision to create a new mirror design for astronomical telescopes ("The Mirrors of Mauna Kea," Oct. 3), which culminated in the W. M. Keck Observatory. However, the W. M. Keck Foundation was established by W. M. Keck, not William M. Keck Jr., a son of the founder. CECILIA A. WILKINSON, Los Angeles
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April 15, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The mirror of the world's largest telescope, which scientists say will provide new views of how the universe evolves, was completed. The last of 36 half-ton hexagonal segments was lowered into place at the W. M. Keck Observatory at the 13,600-foot summit of the dormant Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaii Island. Together the segments form a 10-meter mirror surface. The $94-million telescope is four times the power of the Hale Telescope on Mt.
SPORTS
March 17, 1985
San Diego State defeated the San Diego Athletic Association, 129-26, in a track meet Saturday afternoon at SDSU. Paul Greer won the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.47, the eighth-best mark in Aztec history. Herve Milner captured the 100 meters with a time of 10.66. Milner beat Kipperr Bell, a former wide receiver at SDSU. The 400 meters saw Anthony Burns win with a 48.16 mark, a career best. Jason Twedt's toss of 222.4 gave him first place in the javelin throw. Jerry Nelson pole vaulted 16 feet.
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April 21, 1985
San Diego State's Latanya Sheffield ran the second-fastest women's 400 meters in NCAA history Saturday, winning the race in 53.09 seconds in a dual meet against UC Irvine. With Sheffield leading the way, the Aztecs beat the Anteaters, 93-58. Latanya Tatum also had an outstanding day for SDSU, winning the triple jump with a school-record leap of 37-2 1/2. In a men's tri-meet, SDSU outscored UCI and Cal Poly Pomona. The Aztecs totaled 123 points, Irvine had 50 and Cal Poly Pomona had 27.
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September 12, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Judy Nelson's attorney in her palimony suit against Martina Navratilova should be disqualified from the case because he unjustly gained financial data, a lawyer testified during the third day of a preliminary hearing in the lawsuit on whether he should be removed from the case. The conduct of Jerry Loftin, Nelson's lawyer, was made an issue, and Nelson hired another lawyer to act as a consultant. That lawyer, whose name wasn't released, met with both women and with Navratilova's attorney.
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October 5, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
President Obama took a beating on late-night television Thursday, a day after delivering a sluggish debate performance against his rival, Mitt Romney. On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart joked that Obama's debate loss represented a rare moment of bipartisan accord: Pundits on both the left and the right agreed that he choked. “There is no red America, there is no blue America, there is only the America that can't believe how bad this guy did in the debate,” he said, paraphrasing Obama's career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
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February 16, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Muppet Treasure Island" is a wonderful picture for children, a work of considerable artistry and craftsmanship that ought to please many adults as well, provided they're prepared to go along with a highly familiar, very simple story. It mixes Muppets--400, no less--and humans with ease, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil have come up with a clutch of pleasant songs.
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December 5, 1990 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scientists from Caltech and the University of California Tuesday released the first photograph taken by what will be the world's largest telescope when all 36 of its mirror segments are in place and working in concert in 1992. The Keck Telescope's "first light" photo of spiral galaxy NGC 1232, 65 million light years from Earth, was taken from the W. M. Keck Observatory atop 13,600-foot Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii, with just nine of its six-foot-wide hexagonal mirror segments in place.
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