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Neil Gaiman on Facebook: Amanda and I, and our friend pianist Lance Horne, were on the road last year for Indies First , supporting local indie bookshops. We signed and did events in three different Bookshops, with about an hour’s drive between shops. The Indies First people asked to film it, in case anything interesting happened. Nothing did. So they put this up. My life in miniature.

2015 Polaris Prize nominee and great human being, Buffy Sainte-Marie was a regular cast member on Sesame Street for five years beginning in 1975. She was one of the only Aboriginal people on television at that time, so she was pushing boundires at that time. But it wasn’t the only time. Check out this clip of Sainte-Marie explaining to Big Bird how she feeds her son Cody.

A global entertainment icon and beloved Mississippian explains the meaning of life.

Kermit the Frog is an entertainment icon known worldwide for his appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, as well as a number of feature films. He attributes much of his success to his thirty-five year partnership with Mississippi native and entertainment visionary, Jim Henson. Kermit has received many honors and accolades for his work, including multiple Academy Award nominations, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a commemorative stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

The man inside Big Bird for over 45 years on Sesame Street, Carroll Spinney recently did an AMA to promote his new film, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story. User man_mayo asked: “What has been your most meaningful interaction with a child during filming? Or maybe from someone who grew up watching you and relayed a poignant story?”

And Spinney delivered what might be one of the most devastating stories ever:

Okay, here’s one.
This is a very sad story, but it’s real.
I got a letter from a fan who said his little boy, who was 5 years old, his name was Joey, he was dying of cancer.
And he was so ill, the little boy knew he was dying.
So the man, in his letter, asked if I would call the little boy. He said the only thing that cheered him at all in his fading state was to see Big Bird on television.
So once in a while, he wouldn’t see Big Bird on some days, because he wasn’t necessarily in every show. So he asked could I telephone him, and talk to the boy, tell him what a good boy he’s been.
So I took a while to look up a phone, because this was before cell phones. And they got a long cord to bring a phone to the boy.
And I had Big Bird say “Hello! Hello Joey! It’s me, Big Bird!”
So he said “Is it really you, Big Bird?”
“Yes, it is.”
I chatted a while with him, about ten minutes, and he said “I’m glad you’re my friend Big Bird.”
And I said “I’d better let you go now.”
He said “Thank you for calling me Big Bird. You’re my friend. You make me happy.”
And it turns out that his father and mother were sitting with him when the phone call came. And he was very, very ill that day. And they called the parents in, because they weren’t sure how long he’d last.
And so his father wrote to me right away, and said “Thank you, thank you” – he hadn’t seen him smile since October, and this was in March – and when the phone was hung up, he said “Big Bird called me! He’s my friend.”
And he closed his eyes. And he passed away.
And I could see that what I say to children can be very important.
And he said “We haven’t seen our little boy smile in MONTHS. He smiled, as he passed away. It was a gift to us. Thank you.”

Who left all this dust covered in onions in here, anyway?