Happy 60th Birthday, Steve Whitmire

Dear Steve Whitmire,

Where do I even begin? You are one of my heroes and favorite puppeteers. When I was a little girl I used to watch your performances as a Muppet performer. I think about all the times when I got the videocassette to The Muppet Christmas Carol for Christmas 1993 and watched it, when I watched Muppet Treasure Island with my classmates in fourth grade, when I watched Fraggle Rock at my late grandmother’s old house with my brothers and sister, and so on.

As an autistic adult, I find so much comfort in the characters you have played over the years. I loved watching the music video to Kokomo from on the Muppet Beach Party album I like to listen to every summer. Every Friday I love to watch Fraggle Rock and enjoy watching Wembley and Sprocket. I love watching Bean Bunny in The Tale of the Bunny Picnic every Easter season. I especially love watching your characters in Muppet productions.

You and your characters have meant so much to me through the years. It has been a priviledge to watch your characters in my autism journey, and they have comforted me when I have meltdowns. I love watching the behind the scenes videos on YouTube of you and the Muppet performers when you worked with the Muppets. Your characters have brought me so much comfort throughout my autism journey. I have so many wonderful memories of watching them, and I am forever grateful.

Happy 60th birthday, Steve Whitmire. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a comfort to me through your characters.

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