Today would have been Jim Henson's 85th birthday.
Anyone who knows me knows this is a holiday as far as I'm concerned. ;)
I remember vividly when this episode of "Great Performances" first aired on our local PBS channel in 1994. I videotaped it. And I watched it over and over again.
I still have the tape, and even converted it to a DVD a few years ago.
And I recently was given the "official" VHS release by by friend Rick. I didn't even know it was actually released! Nice little piece for the collection for sure.
I couldn't get enough of this show though. Along with the other Muppet and puppet videos I had I watched it over and over. Studying it. Trying to learn from it.
And between this and the book "Jim Henson: The Works" that came out the year before I think I learned more about being creative, and being a good person, than I learned about puppetry.
1993 and 1994 were pretty dark times for me. Even though I was smiling through so much of it.
Thank you Jim.
Not just for what you had done for the art I love so much, and not just for being an inspiration to generations of puppeteers and film makers.
But thank you Jim for bringing me joy and leading a path to being a good person.
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