Saturday, September 24, 2011

75 Years of Jim Henson

Jim Henson was born 75 years ago today. Not a day goes by without something Muppet-related in my life. I don’t think any entertainer, any innovator, has had a larger hand in shaping my life and my capacity for imagination and my compassion than Jim Henson.

"The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children." Keep believing, keep pretending.

I miss you, Mr. Henson.

(By the way, check out today's Google Doodle!)


Donn Escapeons said...

That is SO true...I often quote the Svedish Chef yerdee yerdee yerdee and the 2 old critics in the balcony are my mentors.

I think it's important to keep that childlike wonder going..that is our default/natural behavior. All of these negative societal bullshit is manmade bullsh*t.

Thousands of years ago Humans domesticated wolves by retarding their psychological growth and forcing them to remain perpetual puppies...that's how we made dogs...and we all love dogs.

I often wonder if we're doing that to ourselves now?

Autumn said...

The Muppets are this perfect snapshot of childhood for me, watching them immediately reverts me to being a kid who laughs at every cheesy joke and thrills at seeing my favorite characters, no matter how many times I've seen it. There is just something so simple and happy in there, it fills me up with something I never realize I was missing.

The only thing that comes even close is Winnie the Pooh, and that's just based on the fact that it makes me cry. It makes me miss my childhood more than re-experience it.

Now I'm going to go listen to the rainbow connection and crochet myself a kermit doll...

DrGoat said...

Losing him was a serious tragedy. I think we lost some humanity when he passed away. Thank goodness we still have his creations. Fozzie Bear and Kermit are in our den at this moment.