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Jerry Juhl, Co-Creator of 'Fraggle Rock'

The follow article appeared in the Bangor Daily News on October 10, 2005.

SAN FRANCISCO - Jerry Juhl, who was the head writer for "The Muppet Show" before he co-created "Fraggle Rock," died at a hospital Sept. 27. He was 67.
Juhl became the first fulltime employee of Jim Henson Co. in 1961 after meeting Henson at a puppeteers' convention.
The company coined the term "Muppet," a combination of the words marionette and puppet, and created a series of short skits parodying television news people.
Juhl worked on Henson's first television show, "Sam and Friends" as a puppeteer and later spent six years writing for "Sesame Street" after its 1969 premiere.
He created scripts for the Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Elmo, Bert, Ernie and The Count. He also created Super Grover, a superhero version of Grover, and received two Emmy Awards for his work.
Juhl served as head writer for "The Muppet Show" 1977-1981.
He also was the writer and script editor. The show was met with critial acclaim when it appeared on HBO in 1983 and lasted four years.

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