It looks like word is getting around fast, but I thought I'd share it here as well. As some of you may know, and perhaps others didn't yet, we have learned that Jim Thurman, who was Senior Producer and Head Writer for Square One TV, passed away on April 14, 2007 at the age of 72. Jim was involved with Sesame Workshop (formerly known as Children's Television Workshop) from their earliest days, and did extensive voice-over, film, commercial and animation work over the years. His loss will definitely be felt by many.
If you'd like to read the news article as posted on Variety.com, you can do so here: Jim Thurman, 72, Writer.
You can also read his obituary online at this site, where there is also an online Guestbook you can sign to share your thoughts with his family (although if you do decide to sign it, please be respectful in doing so).
A memorial service is reportedly going to be held sometime next month.
You will also note in the obituary, one can make a donation in his honor to the University of Michigan's Scholarship/Need Based Fund. As many/most of you probably noticed, he was pretty passionate about working U of Michigan references into the show. So hey, why not help some deserving bright young minds out there and make Jim proud!
Surely Jim and his Square One TV colleague, the late David D. Connell, are sharing plenty of good memories and chuckles up in the great "Writer's Circle in the Sky". While both are greatly missed, let's not forget the work they did for all children, from the past, present, and future. Without their great contributions towards Children's Television, who knows where TV would have gotten us all today? Instead, let's be proud to have been impacted by their dedicated efforts.
Thank you, and rest in peace, Mr. Thurman. May the Math Be With You.