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Remembering Mr. Hooper by mbaboon Remembering Mr. Hooper by mbaboon
This is one of my entries to the Sesame Street contest over at Threadless ([link])

I really don't think it stands much of a chance of winning but, when considering ideas for this challenge, I searched through my memory banks for some defining moments in the show. Nothing on Sesame Street still resonates with me as much as when, as a youngster in 1983, I learned that Mr. Hooper (and actor Will Lee) passed away. The child in me still gets very upset as I remember it but, viewing the scene as an adult, I am shocked at how expertly the Sesame writers handled that moment. A truly amazing moment in children's television.

You can vote for the design at [link]
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jhwink Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
I was born in 1987 but when I was very little my Mom read me the book "I'll Miss You Mr. Hooper" and I had the Sesame Street Christmas special on tape as a child and used to watch it a lot. Mr Hooper played a major role in that special.
hyacinth-kate Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Mr. Hooper! :D I was still a toddler then, but my Mom said I was sad when I heard about it. :)
21giants Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
hoopers store was the best
Arulein Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I am one of the first generation Sesame Street viewers. I was three years old when it hit the airwaves in 1966. And Mr. Hooper was like my third grandfather. Needless to say that I was well out of the age range for viewing the show when he died, but when I found out they were writing his death into the show I made a point to watch. I was a senior in high school. It's one of my biggest television memories.

Just wanted to say thank you for this. Please accept a llama as a token of my appreciation.
mbaboon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Thanks so much.
Arulein Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
argh. Sesame Street started in 1969. *I* started in 1966. D'oh!
BuddyBoy600 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I was born in 1987 (5 years after Will Lee died). But I remember seeing this moment on "Sesame Street 20: .... And Still Counting!" When Bill Cosby remarked that back in 1982, Will Lee, The actor who played Mr. Hooper died. He was not replaced by another actor. The children were not told that Mr. Hooper went away. When Sesame Street's Mr. Hooper, died. Will Lee died on December 7th, 1982.
hmcvirgo92 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Sadly, I never grew up with Mr Hooper. I was born in '92, 9 years after his death.
Fahji Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
What? What is this?

Oh I found a link...


;___; Oh lord I am crying all the tears.
Sketch-Awesome Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
I remember him! This will make an awesome shirt!
pinkishhair97 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't even remember Mr. Hooper, really...
Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I remember that show. I'm still impressed with how honestly they dealt with the issue. People die, they're not coming back, and it's all right to be sad about it. If that happened on the show today, I bet that they wouldn't be able to deal with the issue the same way. Must protect the children from sad things!!!
Whimsy-Floof Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mr. Hooper died a year before I was born, so I never had the chance to watch the show while he was still in it. =(
I did however watch the memorable scene where everyone was explaining the whole thing to Big Bird. Very sad. =(
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