A woman’s work can be in full view, in a lab or in an office, and a sort of sociohistorical optical distortion field still blinks it out.
“I had in essence discovered the writer’s life, one that exists in the world of the pages of his or her story and then seamlessly steps into the realities of everyday life.” -Chinua Achebe, on writing Things Fall Apart. He passed away this morning at the age of 82.
Read his obituary in the NYT
Took me a second to put 2 and 2 together on this image post, which had been tagged only #rip. [Slate: Andy Williams, “Moon River” Singer, 1927-2012]
Lots of Muppets lost their voice today: Count von Count, Emmet Otter, Robin (Kermit’s nephew), Lew Zealand (of “boomerang fish” fame), Sherlock Hemlock, The Amazing Mumford (“A la peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!”), Harry Monster, Camilla the Chicken, and Gobo Fraggle.
Jerry Nelson, who passed away at the age of 78, met Jim Henson in New York City following the 1964 World’s Fair. Henson, who had met Nelson when Henson was performing Sam and Friends at WRC in Washington, D.C. and Nelson was an intern, asked Nelson to send an audition tape. Henson liked what he heard, except for Nelson’s take on Kermit.
Henson hired Nelson to replace Frank Oz as Rowlf the Dog’s right hand on the Jimmy Dean Show. Upon Oz’s return, Henson fired Nelson for lack of work but re-hired him when the Muppets were added to the cast of PBS’ newest educational program, Sesame Street.
Nelson would work with the Muppets from 1969 until his death on August 23, 2012. He retired from the physical aspect of puppeteering in 2004 but continued to voice his Sesame Street Muppets until his death. He was also given an uncredited cameo as the theater announcer in 2011’s film, The Muppets.
Random note: Jerry Nelson had a daughter, Christine, who suffered from cystic fibrosis. She passed away in 1982 at the age of 21. Jim Henson gave her a speaking role in The Great Muppet Caper, “Girl in Park,” which allowed her to join the Screen Actors’ Guild.
Sources: avclub.com, IMDB.com, Wikipedia.org
All characters copyright of the Jim Henson Company and Disney.
Count von Count - courtesy cnet.com
Lew Zealand - courtesy muppet.wikia.com
Emmet Otter - courtesy brianmastroianni.com
Robin the Frog - courtesy muppet.wikia.com
On June 18, 1983, a young physicist from California took her seat aboard the space shuttle and launched into history. On that date, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a mission specialist on STS-7. In this image Ride monitors control panels from the pilot’s chair on the Flight Deck. (NASA)
Ephron was a Nora Ephron character — a charming and charmed reporter, falling in love with bold-faced writers, delivering effortless one-liners, and hosting dinner parties full of interesting people. Even Heartburn, the book and movie she penned about the end of her marriage to Carl Bernstein, managed to avoid bitterness. Hearts get burned in her world, but not broken, at least not publicly or permanently.
Sad news. In college, I would listen to his “Du bist wie eine blume” on repeat. It’s still one of my favorites.