Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Farewell, Mr. Hooper

When Will Lee, the actor who played Mr. Hooper in Sesame Street, died of heart attack in 1982, he had already shot several episodes set to air the next year so his absence did not have to be immediately explained. One year after, the producers decided that no one would replace him and that it was time young viewers learned one of the saddest facts of life: Death. Farewell, Mr. Hooper aired on November 24, 1983, Thanksgiving Day. Thirty-two years later this episode still makes me weep.

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