Farewell, Mr. Hooper

rewindWill Lee passed away in 1982. You likely don't know the name Will Lee. I didn't, either. I knew him as Mr. Hooper.

Mr. Hooper's is the first death I remember. Here he is, if you're too young or too old to know who I'm talking about.

This scene when Mr. Hooper's death is explained to Big Bird is still tough for me to watch. Damn, my eyes are sweating again....

Farewell, Mr. Hooper.

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Saddest day on the street....ever. sniff....

August 3, 2011 @ 9:17 PM

David Cohen

I am a little ferklempt too...it shows you how fast time goes and how you can't take any of it for granted...honour those in your life and be happy they are in it...because in a moment they may not be!

Thanks Mike for the post!


August 3, 2011 @ 10:09 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

30 years since then too, unreal where does time go? I remember that episode

August 3, 2011 @ 10:48 PM


Amazing how the Sesame Street producers were able to honor Will Lee, but not Northern J. Calloway, who played the character of David on the show-I learned about what happened to him from reading The National Enquirer. Now I know that his problems were caused by bipolar disorder, but still, somebody could have at least addressed where David had gone to.

August 4, 2011 @ 6:24 AM


They could never have done that with any other character. It had to be the innocence of Big Bird. Sad.. but in a really respectful and dignified way.

August 4, 2011 @ 1:08 PM

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