henson stuff

Henson Brilliance: “Business Business”.

I’m all for creating jobs and making a good living, but this is a great demonstration of how folks can get…well..carried away.

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Muppet Stamps!

The United States Postal Service released a sheet of 37-cent First Class postage stamps in September, 2005, honoring Jim Henson and the Muppets. The Henson stamp featured a 1986 photograph by Norman Seeff. The photos on the Muppet stamps were commissioned specifically for the set of stamps.

My former boss of 12 years, Jane, gave me these, and I have treasured them. Funny thing is, I am positive that the picture of Jim at the bottom of the spread has been altered to include Kermit–he doesn’t seem to be looking at Kermit. And also because this is the original photo:

David and I at the Jane Henson Workshop.

I’m pretty sure this was the puppetry convention in Talequah,Oklahoma, and although we no longer had Jim Henson with us, his wife Jane seemed keen on keeping the tradition alive and teaching a workshop there.

Of course, this was about sixteen years ago and my memory is fuzzy, but with the help of David Andora, a friend I met in the workshop that day, I’m able to share the experience as best I can:

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Sesame Street MYSTERY MONSTER!

I have to post this at the Muppet Forum because it’s driving me nuts.

This is a great old video from the early days of Sesame Street, and the description says it perfectly–before Cookie Monster and Grover’s appearances and voices were established. This was also when a lot of the monsters were drab blues, grays and greens.

Anyway, the lineup here is as follows, from left to right:

Baby Monster (performed by Jim Henson)
Scudge (performed by Jim Henson)
Cookie Monster (performed by Carroll Spinney)
Beautiful Day Monster (performed by Carroll Spinney)
? (performed by Frank Oz)
Grover,who might have still been called “Gleep” at this time. (performed by Frank Oz)

Anyway, the “?” monster, the little round thing with a slightly feminine voice, is the one that I can’t find in Muppet Wiki or in books or anywhere. I haven’t seen it before, or since. I wonder if there’s anyone from the Muppet Archives who knows.It sure is cute, whatever it is.