Jim Henson's Red Book
"In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988." via retroist
posted by PhoBWanKenobi
on Mar 11, 2012 -
The Chicago Reader's current cover story, "The Color of His Skin," (parts 1
,) revisits the murder of a black man on Chicago's South Side in 1970 by a gang of white teens. Last September, a similar article by the same author, "The Price of Intolerance," (parts 1
,) examined an incident from 1971, in which a twelve year old boy and thirteen year old girl were killed.
posted by zarq
on Mar 7, 2012 -
"Jim Henson made this film in 1963 for The Bell System. Specifically, it was made for an elite seminar given for business owners, on the then-brand-new topic — Data Communications."
- SLYT, from AT&T's Archives
posted by Slap*Happy
on Jan 26, 2012 -
Weekend At Kermie's: The Muppets' Strange Life After Death.
Elizabeth Stevens asks:
What if, in 1990, instead of recasting Kermit—something that had been done to Mickey and Bugs Bunny before him—the Muppets had continued on Kermit-less, as "The Simpsons" did after Phil Hartman died. Recall Susan’s words on "Seasame Street" about Mr. Hooper in 1982: “Big Bird, when people die, they don’t come back.” Let’s say Robin showed up saying his uncle Kermit had passed away? Or, if that was too dark for Disney, what if Kermit had left show business to go off to start a family with Piggy? Someone else could lead the gang of weirdoes.
It would’ve made more artistic sense than what happened
posted by zarq
on Jul 14, 2011 -
In a wonderful 15-minute video
from 1969, a young Jim Henson shows you how to make puppets out of ordinary things. Yes, it's SLYT, but it's a really good
SLYT, so I beg forgiveness.
posted by cerebus19
on Sep 16, 2010 -
In 1964, a group of men were bored,in their dressing room waiting for several hours between the dress rehearsal and recording of "The Jack Paar Program". Noticing a collection of odd steam pipes, their leader suggested they decorate the pipes to pass the time. Painting them and attaching fur and googly eyes, they signed the piece "With Love, From the Muppets". [more inside]
posted by inturnaround
on Jun 9, 2010 -
December 9, 2001, at a singular event called Muppet Fest
, Muppet performers and special guests came together to perform a very special edition of The Muppet Show - a live performance
. Until now, those of us who could not attend were only able to read the script
, but recently a (slightly edited) video of this unique performance has turned up on YouTube: Part 1 [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Apr 15, 2010 -
"Some day we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers, and me."
In 1979, Paul Williams
and Kenneth Ascher
composed "The Rainbow Connection
" [midi] which served as a radio hit and song for the The Muppet Movie
. It was nominated for an Academy Award and reviewed
in the allmusic guide as a song in which "Kermit the Frog sings with all the dreamy wistfulness of a short green Judy Garland." Enclosed are some performances of it I hope you enjoy. [more inside]
posted by cavalier
on Dec 3, 2008 -