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Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones
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Oct 29, 2013

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Jim Henson grew up when television was brand new. People were fascinated with being able to see something happening RIGHT AT THAT EXACT MOMENT hundreds or thousands of miles away. Madcap comedians like Milton Berle, Ernie Kovacs, and Sid Caesar were very frequent performers. So were puppets: the rigid-faced kind like Howdy Doody, or the somewhat flexible-faced kind like Ollie the dragon. The net effect: Henson was hooked. And he stayed enchanted and hooked for the rest of his life, moving from one kind of creative work to another.

Suddenly--he died. No one could believe it.

Jones' biography abounds with details like the challenges of recording scenes with Muppets on locations away from the studio, or re-designing a puppet's eyes so she looks softer, or re-creating a whole character, like one pig (just like many others in the batch) who becomes Miss Piggy. Stories within stories. Fascinating.

You bring your own memories to this book, and you find yourself saying, "I remember when...."

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