27 October 2017

Published October 25, 2017 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

FINAL CURTAIN CALL

“Sunrise, Sunset…” Will sang as he combed his thinning white hair, grinning at his reflection. “One season following…”

A sudden wave of exhaustion and chest pain whelmed him. Breathless, he sank into a chair, closing his eyes.

“Willie, you’ll be late for Hebrew school.”

“Let me rest a moment, Mama.” He opened his eyes and glanced at his watch. “Oy! I will be late for the show.” He kissed her faded photograph. “See you soon.”  

Later costar Carol Spinney, wearing his Big Bird feet, wrapped his arm around Will. “I love you, Mr. Looper.”

Will returned the hug. “Hooper! Hooper!”  

Carol “Big Bird” Spinney and Will Lee  

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110 comments on “27 October 2017

  • I remember Mr Hooper! A sweet and knowledgeable older chap. Thanks for including a link to his Wiki page. He was blacklisted for a while I see – what a terrible time that was for so many people. A shameful, paranoid way to treat your own citizens. Enjoyed this warm, touching vignette, Rochelle. Lovely

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    • Dear Lynn,

      Blacklisting was a horrible thing. Why do I feel that we’re on the verge of repeating it? At any rate, my eldest son and I used to watch Sesame Street together. I loved Mr. Hooper. Finding out much more about him was difficult. Thank you, Mr. McCarthy.
      Thank you so much for a lovely comment. It was nice to wake up to.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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      • I do hope you’re wrong about history repeating itself, though make people afraid enough, instill them with the feeling they can’t trust anyone, especially those different in some way, and you never know what might happen. My pleasure entirely 🙂

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    • Dear Varad,

      I really didn’t know anything about Mr. Lee either other than I enjoyed Mr. Looper (Hooper! Hooper!) After seeing an interview with Mr. Spinney I went searching for more. Glad you enjoyed the results. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Sandra,

      My eldest son is 43. I started watching the show with him when he was three or four. He learned to read and count from these delightful characters. I know this character will be lost on many which is why I include the link and the video. Thank you for your kind comment re the writing.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      That tribute episode was brilliant on the part of Sesame Street’s writers, wasn’t it? It was great opportunity to try and explain death of loved ones to children. And the cast and crew, according to Carol Spinney really loved Will Lee. Thank you for your kind words.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Ahhhh… Sesame Street and all its characters. I watched it as a kid and so did my boys. Thanks for this lovely snippet on Mr. Hooper! I so love that insertion too…

    Lotsa love,

    Dale

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  • I was a latch key kid back in the 70’s and remember Sesame Street and Mr. Hooper fondly. They were both there when my little sister and I left to go to school and they kept us company until Mom came home after work. I can honestly say that Sesame Street helped raise me as did many of the other shows on PBS and CBC. Thank you for taking me down memory lane with this sweet story of yours.

    Fondly,
    Renee

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    • Dear Renee,

      I, too, have fond memories of Mr. Hooper, from back in the day. But my perspective is a mother’s. My eldest son and I used to watch it together. I can still hear his giggles.Thank you for your sweet comment and sharing your story.

      Shalom

      Rochelle

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  • Dear Petunia,

    What’s next, an expose on The Count? Did he secretly battle dyslexia? And what about Oscar the Grouch? Was he really just an ol’ softie beneath that gruff exterior? I’m sure you can find plenty more material to mine in this vein.

    BTW – nice tribute to a wonderful gentlemen who touched millions in a positive way.

    Good investigative work,
    Detective Lowry

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    • Dear Detective Lowry,

      I suppose I could write a definitive exposé on the life and times of Cookie Monster. What caused his addiction to cooooooookies? Was he forced to eat broccoli as a young furry blue baby? Perhaps his parents pummeled him with carrot sticks. I’ll get right to work on that.

      Thank you. We’ll never forget Mr. Looper, will we? (Hooper! Hooper!)

      Shalom,

      Petunia W(T)F

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    • Dear Eric,

      If I were to watch Sesame Street now I probably wouldn’t know anyone, save the Muppets. Mr. Hooper was quite a loss. I’ll always think of him fondly because it brings back memories of watching with my eldest son. 🙂 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Sunrise….Sunset. Probably my favorite song from Fiddler on the Roof. I wanted it sung at my wedding but….Since I am not a Sesame Street fan I had little to contribute to that conversation. This is a lovely story, as always.

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    • Dear Susan,

      I guess I can’t expect everyone to relate. Some of us relate to the show as parents, some as children who watched. At any rate I’m glad you liked the story. As for Sunrise, Sunset, my mother wanted it sung at my wedding…however Misty was our song. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Sadly, Sesame Street flew under my radar, Rochelle. I remember Pipkins, and Rainbow and my favourite were Bagpuss and Mr Benn. I didn’t really get into American TV until the Cosby Show and ChiPs then Thirty Something…

    I can feel the nostalgia in your prose, though, along with an abrupt end to the narrator.

    I unique take on the prompt, Rochelle. Linked in some mind and time-bending way I am sure. 😎

    Shalom

    Kelvin

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    • Dear Kelvin,

      I had a crush on Erik Estrada back in the CHiPs days and Bill Cosby was one of my childhood heroes. Needless to say that the Cosby scandal has left me heartbroken. I’m totally unfamiliar with the British children’s programs.

      I’m glad the nostalgia came through. And cluing you into my link to the prompt…”He smiled at his REFLECTION…” 😉 Now you have a clue as to how this mind works. 😀

      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Another little tidbit of knowledge. I never got into the Sesame Street thing. We chose not to have a television when our children were growing up, so I’m not familiar with the characters. I had to go read about Mr. Hooper, though 🙂

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    • Dear Linda,

      There were times I wished we didn’t have a television, but not when it came to Sesame Street. 😉 My kids, particularly my eldest son and I enjyoed it together. Thank you for stopping by. Always happy to share tidbits and trivia.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I didn’t have a TV until my daughter was 4, but my son and I always watched Sesame Street after lunch (1 pm on UK TV, from what I can remember). He knew his alphabet fluently at the age of 18 months, thanks to the Sesame Street gang …at least he did, as long as he could sing it at the top of his voice! If asked to say it, that was a different matter. Thanks for bringing on a fit of nostalgia in me, Rochelle 🙂

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    • Dear Sarah,

      Mi nostalgia es tu nostalgia. 😉 Glad you enjoyed. My eldest also knew his alphabet by eighteen months nd could count to 20. I do attribute some of that to Sesame Street and the rest to the fact that he’s merely brilliant. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I loved Sesame Street growing up, and this was a nice tribute to both the programme and the actor. For a moment I thought he was on the verge of death, with the pain in his chest and his mother talking. But he lived to film the show!

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    • Dear Fatima,

      Actually, in this snippet, the actor is on the verge of death. He had a heart attack either later that day or that week. Hence the title FINAL CURTAIN CALL. I merely added some fiction to it. Glad you enjoyed my story and that it brought back fond memories. Thank you for taking the time to say so. 😀

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Valerie,

      I’m so pleased you took the time to read my little piece and even look of the Will Lee. If I’d had Google in school I might have been a straight A history student. 😉 Thank you for coming by and leaving a lovely comment besides.

      Love,

      Rochelle

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