Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
Today I am featuring my east coast pal Larry Freda. The man with Larry might not be recognizable, but I am pretty sure you will know him when I reveal his long-running television roles.
Caroll Spinney played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street from its debut in 1969 until October 2018, about a year before his passing. Spinney also played a couple other characters on the popular children's show.
Unlike many of Larry's celebrity encounters, I did meet Spinney. He just ozzed class and professionalism. He was polite, respectful and simply a pleasant guy. I guess that comes with the territory of being on a children's show for nearly 50 years.
Larry met Spinney at the Super Megashow. I have not been to that show, but if it is "super" and "mega" it has to be good. From the looks of the many pictures Larry has posted from various years at the show, it definitely lives up to its' name. Someday, I hope to attend that show, as well as to actually meet Larry after all these years seeing his celebrity encounters.
Caroll Spinney and Larry Freda in East Fairfield, NJ-July 2010.