Today would have been Caroll Spinney’s 86th birthday. I knew that I didn’t want to let the occasion pass without comment, but at the same time, I didn’t know what I could say that hadn’t already been said. Then I ran across a tribute that I hadn’t seen yet from Good Morning America:
Here’s what makes it most noteworthy for me: On the occasion of Mr. Spinney’s retirement, I wrote about how when I was little, I couldn’t figure out Oscar’s raison d’etre. In this video, there is footage of Mr. Spinney himself expressing similar confusion, and it’s nice to know that I wasn’t the only one.
I know that I need hardly ask, but I hope you will all join me in holding the Spinney family in your hearts during this time that should have been joyous but is instead steeped in tragedy.
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No one is ready to let go of such a wonderful performer, who delighted so many. We are so very sad. Yet, there will be many tributes to Carol’s work. I’m happy you found this one for us
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Very bittersweet yet touching video, part of a moving tribute from the heart, altogether. It became all the more haunting for me after seeing the bit with Jim, though his speech for Caroll was heartfelt and significant, nonetheless. I believe we share the same sentiments in that, it’s hard to say what hasn’t already been said, however, it feels as though we’re still grasping for words as we continue to mourn. Caroll was a special person, not just because he could manipulate a towering canary and trash can-dwelling misanthrope, but also because he had the ability to identify with children that enabled him to fully ‘become’ those characters, as the above clip emphasized…and that’s an understatement (*I’d say more, but then I also, would simply be reiterating everything already stated). Besides, I wasn’t able to post a proper tribute the day he passed, I waited to do so on what was (,or would have been, rather,) his birthday – not the best or most creative, I acknowledge, but I wanted to leave some sort of homage that particular day, regardless (https://www.instagram.com/p/B6jh6eYFefi/). In closing, alongside you and everyone else, I continue to extend my sympathies and condolences to the Spinneys at this difficult time.
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