Mr. Peppermint

Because our childhood memories are frozen in time, somehow it seems Mr. Peppermint should be, too.

But the children’s TV icon is ageless only in our minds. The years pile up as usual for Jerry Haynes, the man beneath that candy-cane coat.

It’s jarring to realize he’s 81 now. And it’s even harder to hear that he is dealing with the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease.

This sucks. Mr. Peppermint is awesome.  Plus, he spawned the Butthole Surfers, which is an accomplishment in its own right.

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