I was heartened to see the listing for this event dedicated to the life and work of Muppeteer Richard Hunt in L Magazine and the Bluestockings website:
Tuesday, August 16th @ 7PM – $5 suggested
Presentation: Jessica Max Stein “The Rainbow Connection: A 60th Birthday Celebration of Gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt”
August 16th would be Richard Hunt’s 60th birthday! Come join his biographer, veteran zinester and CUNY English teacher Jessica Max Stein, for a sneak peek at “The Rainbow Connection: The Life and Times of Richard Hunt,” including plenty of Muppet clips and rare behind-the-scenes footage. Hunt performed beloved Sesame Street and Muppet Show characters such as Beaker, Scooter and Janice, while living joyfully in Manhattan’s liberating post-Stonewall era. He was only 40 years old when he died of AIDS-related complications. Let’s celebrate his birthday by appreciating his life and work!
Photo from the website of Jessica Max Stein.