Tribute to Jerry Nelson
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Jerry Nelson:  George Blaurock “The Mad Monk” Jerry Nelson had to have been the class clown.  He was always looking for the next opportunity to stage a prank or to cut up. Many to this very day say it was the ultimate form of typecasting to have him play the role of George Blaurock, who was known as The Mad Monk, in The Radicals.  Aside from all of the antics, Jerry had one of the biggest hearts in the world and was loved by all who knew him. Jerry’s favorite movie was Casablanca, so naturally his favorite quote was from that film: of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine....” Jerry wasn’t known for his acting in film, he didn’t win any Academy Awards or Emmy nominations, but I think all of us who knew and loved Jerry would like to have seen him given the “Best Friend” award -- he filled out hearts with laughter and love and we miss him very much. Jerry Nelson: gone much too soon and very suddenly in 2014.
Jerry L. Nelson – what can I say? He was, literally, one of a kind. Perhaps the best way for me to describe Jerry to those who didn't know him as well as I did is to look back at one of the motion pictures I produced – The Radicals, a true story set in the year 1521. Jerry played the role of George Blaurock, one of the earliest pioneers responsible for establishing the first free church in the formative days of the Reformation. Blaurock was a pretty wild guy and is known throughout history as the “Mad Monk.” Jerry portraying the legendary Mad Monk was a perfect fit – talk about type casting!!! Yes, Jerry was often “mad” in the sense that he loved to do “maddening” things – things to provoke, annoy and even infuriate select friends. I am so thankful I was one of those friends – and I miss these pranks and associated verbal sparrings immensely. I guess the best way to describe what I mean is to compare his actions with those living in the Garden State – you know, the Snookies of the world who say or do things that are idiosyncratic and, at the same time, playful yet annoying and who explain away their actions by simply saying, “It's a Jersey thing.” And when it comes to Mr. Nelson, one could say “It's a Jerry thing.” For example – Jerry never failed to drive Lynda and I absolutely crazy whenever he rang our doorbell – Ring! Ring! Ring! Ring! Ring! It was always annoying, always obnoxious, and he knew it pissed us off – but it was “A Jerry thing” we learned to accept. And lets not forget the on-going dueling toilet roll feud – whereby he never left our home without reversing how the toilet paper was inserted in the holder – for him it has to be the tissue comes over the top, for me, it has to come from underneath. Yes, it is just another “Jerry thing.” Of course, this meant “War!” and so I would counter attack by changing his toilet paper to my way of thinking on almost every visit to his house...... Stupid as this was, I'm going to miss this and so many other “Jerry things.” But Jerry wasn't just maddening, he was also very much like a “monk” in that his generosity, his genuine love of others, for their welfare, for their wellbeing was undeniable. I know that each and everyone of you has at least one example of Jerry's generosity, his kindness, his compassion. For me, there are literally dozens of examples, including his “way beyond the call of duty” race to my house, arriving just in time to save yours truly from surely losing one or more fingers to the callous blade of a circular saw I once borrowed... Like you, I am going to miss Jerry greatly. Like you, I cherish all of the memorable moments we had dating back to our days at New Braunfels High School. Before closing I would like to paraphrase Winston Churchill who once said:               “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” My first thought was whether or not our Maker was ready to meet Jerry. Will he or she come to appreciate a “Jerry thing?” Do they have doorbells in Heaven? Do they use toilet paper? I ultimately decided that one way or another, its gonna be O.K. because our Maker must surely have a sense of humor – and the great beyond, like life here on earth, will never be the same.                                                                                                                                                                             -- Robert A. Nowotny
Jerry Nelson Eulogy:
Jerry and Robert revisit the room where the baptism scene was filmed while on a trip to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film.
Jerry and Robert attend the screening of Robert’s film, Palo Pinto Gold.
Jerry as he appeared in a University of Texas student short film project: Ruby Pop, the story of a little girl who lives with her grandfather. She wants to leave because she is tired of hearing him snore.