This butchering of the alt.tv.muppets FAQ to leave only the Ernie is not
dead piece was done by Jason R. Heimbaugh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: F1.RCP@isumvs.iastate.edu (BOB PEDERSEN)
Subject: FAQ 1.0 (at last!)
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1992 18:40:17 GMT
ALT.TV.MUPPETS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS VERSION 1.0
Assembled and edited in December, 1992, by Bob Pedersen with help
from many others.
Q1. IS ERNIE DYING? [Abstract: No.]
Several times a year, this group receives a panic-stricken posting
from a new reader who has heard the rumor that the beloved Sesame
Street character Ernie is dying. It is even rumored that Jim
Henson's will requires that Ernie no longer be used after his death.
This is not the case: several members of this group have gone so
far as to contact Henson Productions and Children's Television
Workshop, and been ABSOLUTELY ASSURED that this is not the case.
For those of you who need it from a published source, here is a
quote from "Surely, no one believes the rat in the soda bottle
story," written by Rachel Jones of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. (Des
Moines [Iowa] Register, Dec.1, 1992, p.3T. Thanks to Lore
Guilmartin for sending it along.) The story concerns 'urban
legends,' stories that spread like wildfire with little or no basis
...But some rumors are just too bizarre to figure.
One of the most recent urban myths is one claiming
that Ernie, Bert's roommate on "Sesame Street", is
dying of leukemia.
"Oh no, not again," groaned Ellen Morgenstern,
spokeswoman for Children's Television Workshop in
New York, when asked about Ernie's health. "Ernie
is not dying of AIDS; he's not dying of leukemia.
Ernie is a puppet." The Ernie stories have
circulated for the past year, Morgenstern says. But
the furor is sort of flattering.
"It's amazing that a rumor like this could send
shock waves throughout the country," Morgenstern
says. "It's an indication of how much Ernie is
So, no: ERNIE IS NOT DYING!