Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring my friends who have met celebrities.
Although I have not met Larry Freda, I have featured him with celebrities here countless times. Perhaps today's featured celeb with Larry could help me count the times.
Count von Count first appeared on tv's Sesame Street in the Season Premiere in 1972. In his first scene, he was counting blocks with Bert and Ernie.
Obviously, the Count's main purpose is to help children learn to count. The Count family includes a mother, brother, uncle and grandparents. He also has been seen with several lady friends (but who's counting). Remarkably, in the almost 40 years he has been on Sesame Street, only two men have voiced and performed as the Count.
Although never really evil, the Count has become much friendlier over the years. He only gets annoyed when his counting is interrupted.
Larry isn't evil either. He is a big sports fan, usually seen here with members of New York teams, but I won't hold that against him. I respect his loyalty to his teams. Someday I will meet Larry in person. You can count on that! Ah-ah-ah!
Larry has battled some health issues, but hopefully he continues to get better. Send your good vibes his way.
Larry Freda and The Count in Langhorne, PA-June 2011.