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September Birthday

Jim Henson

James Maury Henson was born on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi.  Henson was drawn to the arts at a young age.  With the encouragement of his artist grandmother, he started puppeteering by performing for his Cub Scout troop.  While attending the University of Maryland, he starred in an NBC skit called Sam and Friends, from which Kermit the Frog was created.  As his puppets grew in popularity, they started to appear in television commericals.  In 1969, he began working with the Children's Television Workshop, where the Muppets "made learning fun" on Sesame Street.  Kermit, Miss Piggy and Fozzy joined megastars in 1976 on The Muppet Show.  Henson's later work included the tv show Fraggle Rock, several Muppet movies, and other films including, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

In 1990, Jim Henson died at the age of 53.  His life and work was celebrated with a musical performance by the Muppets at his funeral.  His family has continued his legacy along with the Disney Company.  Learn more about this American genius at the library:

Who was Jim Henson? by Joan Holub (JB Henson)

Jim Henson: puppeteer and filmaker by James Robert Parish (JB Henson)

The story of Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets by Stephanie St. Pierre (JB Henson)

Henson's Place: the man behind the Muppets (J DVD B Henson)

Fraggle Rock (J DVD-series)

Sesame Street (J DVD-series)

The Muppets Show (J DVD-series)

Muppets Treasure Island (J DVD Mup Mup)

Muppets take Manhattan (J DVD Mup Mup)

Jim Henson's the storyteller (J DVD Jim)




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