Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer, was a part of those memories as the voice of Count von Count, who loves to count, and Sherlock Hemlock, the world's greatest detective.
I'd like to think that maybe it's not an accident that I have two characters that draw upon the same two sources for inspiration. (Granted, my Count could count on his fingers the number of times he has appeared -- er, if he had fingers, that is.)
His work will live on, and he won't be forgotten. And right now I have to wonder if he's not looking down to us and saying softly,
Two! Two twitter tweets! Three! Three Facebook shares!"
... as he's counting the stairway to heaven.