In Memoriam

May 16, 2012

I was a very lucky lil’ girl growing up. I was too old to have seen the infamous ” Mister Hooper” is dead episode on Sesame Street, so I never had to mourn that loss with Big Bird and Maria and the rest of the gang. I was, however old enough to have been around when the man himself, Jim Henson passed away.

I watched every show he ever put out and committed some to memory. I learned about life and friendship, death and laughter from his programs and the characters he created. Sesame Street taught me how to read and count.

Lucky though I might have been, I wasn’t lucky enough to meet Jim Henson. Years later, in college I would go on to intern at the location in NY. While there, I met many of the performers, puppeteers and hard working artists behind the scene, and it was the most wonderful job I ever had. As gleeful as the place was, there was always this mystifying feeling that someone very important was missing.
I can’t recall off hand how old I was when Jim died. I do remember my mother specifically taking the time to come in and tell me personally, before handing me the obituary in the paper. I remember crying about loosing this person that I had never even met.

If I had to guess, a lot of kids from my generation felt the same way. For us, it is simultaneously the most disheartening and unifying memory we all have. I remember watching the funeral on TV, and the memorial special that still chokes me up just thinking about it.

All for this man I never even met.

That is real love.

He continues to be a man I admire, but very few people have taken over the extreme creativity and love of storytelling that Jim had- the next closest for me would be Guillermo Del Toro.

Today marks 22 years since Jim died, and the world is a better place for him having been here.

Below are a bunch of my favorite works by Jim Henson and the wonderful people at the Jim Henson company.

Hope you enjoy them.

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