Back in 2011, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens hosted a nine-month-long exhibit about the body of work produced by film and television pioneer and Muppets creator Jim Henson. The exhibit was such a huge success that the museum has since hosted a variety other Henson- and Muppet-related screenings and talks. I had the honor of attending one of those gatherings, a tribute to recently-deceased and beloved Muppeteer Jerry Nelson.
Jerry (1934-2012) played umpteen different Muppet characters, including that of Count von Count on Sesame Street.
The MOMI tribute was hosted by Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin, who immediately introduced the members of Jerry's family who were present in the audience.
Fran Brill, another long time Sesame muppeteer, also introduced her own selection of clips. She talked about Jerry being the backbone of the Muppets and a key character actor with a flexible voice and vocal chords who gave the Muppets voice and soul. Fran, who described Jerry as being "crusty on the outside, and like butter on the inside," also mentioned that Mr. Nelson was an avid environmentalist and talented musician.
PS - Enjoy the video of Dave's highlights of the tribute.