Great Twiddlebug Mystery"
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2 -- Part 3
: Part 4
-- Part 5
Trouble With Herry
very book is hanging on the wall at my local Applebee's!
have coveted it there many, MANY times!
want that freaking book. I want to snatch it off the wall and run willy nilly
into the parking lot.
are bringing up a long running obsession my friend.
love the picture of Herry throwing the candles at the Twiddlebugs on page 14.
Terrifying, very Godzillaesque, ultimately out of character for Herry, but
very exciting if you're a little Twiddlebug yourself.
don't like that they used Herry as the big scary monster. Doesn't that send a
mixed message to kids who've only seen Herry on Sesame as a nice friendly
All of the sudden we see him crashing Roosevelt Franklin's birthday
party, freaking out on the Twiddlebugs and scaring little children. That's
pretty out of character for him.
this was 1972, so it might have been before Herry was really established as a
friendly monster on the street. Is anybody up on their Herry history?
me if I am wrong, but Herry was sort of scary in the beginning days of Sesame
Street. He was always going on about how strong he was, and he liked to prove
it by picking up cars and other heavy objects. I definitely didn't want to
mess with him as a kid... He seemed like a monster on the edge.
I'm not convinced that this monster is actually Herry. That looks more like
Herry's cousin who is either a) experiencing a psychotic break, b) has taken
some bad LSD, or c) has just gotten out of prison after serving most of his
was obviously framed by the Twiddlebugs. People, check your window boxes. We'd
hate to have this happen to you.
Twiddlebugs were just having their version of Twiddlebug Pride. Herry Monster,
the big scary monster -- obviously a stand-in for the GOP -- won't have it in
his neighborhood, and chases them away with one of the thousand points of
light (the candles).
maybe this explains why Roosevelt Franklin doesn't live on Sesame Street
anymore. His family were slobs, never took care of the house, property values
dropped, and he and his family were forced to move out of the neighborhood
once the house became inhabitable.
this occurred after the "Felt Flight" began, and we started to lose
many of our favorite residents of Sesame Street -- all uptight felt folk like
Don Music and Granny Fanny Nesselrode, who couldn't deal with the mess of the
neighborhood and fled before more slobs moved in. Now that the neighborhood
has been cleaned up again, it's attracting nice quiet respectable people like
the Bear Family, who are prospering and glad to bring up their children in the
way you look at it, it's Republican propaganda.
would have been Early Herry. Feral Herry. WILD Herry. I think his nude state
perfectly represents this untamed period of his life.
Herry smashed up cars ("Beat the Time") and threatened to beat up
Grover after a magic act went awry. He was rather uncouth! Eventually he
learned to share and wear pants, so let's let him put the unfortunate
candle-throwing incident behind him. No one was hurt, after all (except for
the Twiddlebugs, who were most likely caught and killed), and everything
turned out reasonably okay. He's now fully evolved.
a matter of fact, some might say that current Herry is a little too
domesticated. I say don't count him out of the crazy games just yet. After a
decade plus of helping Alan fold napkins (or whatever Herry's role is these
days), he must be ripe and ready to go completely ape-shit again, and soon.
When I was a child, I loved having this story read to me! So much so that I
tore out all the pages and taped them to the toybox one day. Innate need to
redecorate, you say? No, I just always did that with my favorite, rare,
never-seen-'em-again Sesame books. And that, dear Jes, is the reason enough to
take the one from Applebee's.
the Herry of today is a little too Alan Alda for my taste. I say, bring back a
little of Wild Herry, at least just for fun at parties.
John, whenever you finally make it to NJ, we'll go to Applebee's. It'll be you
and me against the establishment, baby!)
would definitely say this is Proto-Herry, and not the Herry we know and love
and hardly ever see anymore.
I recall a piece in one of the Sesame Street
Library books on the letter M, which ends in a giant Herry Monster climbing a
mountain. So, he was fearsome in those days.
They say that's wrapping paper on the ground, but my friends,
that is pink and white striped pants. That's why he's so angry, those damn
Twiddlebugs must have tried to steal them...
what I learned from this book was: If I get pissed because bugs took my ugly
pants, I should throw candles at them.
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2 -- Part 3
: Part 4
-- Part 5
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