zine, [zeen] noun. 1. abbr. of fanzine; 2. any amateurly-published periodical. Oxford Reference


Monday, March 22, 2010

Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer

Hunt is the subject of Stein's new 84-page zine, The Rainbow Connection: Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer, which showcases Stein's interest and absorption in the life of a man who was among the most long-standing behind-the-scenes performers on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and whose off-screen humor and colorful personality imbued his puppets with the kind of vivacity that has made them popular for so long. Hunt was born in New York City in 1951 and, according to his mother, got the job on the Muppet Show when, a few months after graduating from high school, he decided to cold call Henson Associates ( the late Jim Henson's company ) and ask if they were hiring puppeteers. It so happened that they were auditioning, and Hunt was soon hired.

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