A R T I C L E S
   Reviews
   Editorials
   Interviews
   MuppetFest
   Tributes
   Henson Timeline



Shop for Muppet DVD's,
Replicas and Puppets

 

New Collectibles

8/12 - Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray: The Unnecessarily Extended Edition and Muppets Most Wanted DVD

3/20 - Muppets Most Wanted Exclusive 7-Piece PVC Figurine Playset, Muppets Most Wanted Constantine Plush, Muppets Most Wanted Rowlf Plush, Muppets Most Wanted 75 Sticker Pack

3/20 - Muppets Most Wanted Deluxe Edition CD (Original Soundtrack)

2/11 - Muppets Most Wanted Read-Along Storybook and CD and Muppets Most Wanted: Kermit's Double Trouble Book

2/07 - Muppets Character Encyclopedia Collector's Book

 
     

 

Join the Muppet Central Mailing List

 

Memories of Henson, the Muppet man

By Susan Wloszczyna
USA TODAY, LIFE, Page 1D
May 17, 1990

Henson and KermitThe Muppet man knew how to pull the strings of our hearts.

The death of Jim Henson on Wednesday has deprived a whole generation who grew up on Kermit the Frog and Big Bird of a wonderful, imaginative playmate.

Although shows like PBS' Sesame Street were aimed at children, adults delighted in his brand of fantasy - especially those who worked with him.

Jimmy Dean, whose '60s TV variety show gave Henson his first national exposure by featuring canine Rowlf: ''I fell in love with that dang dog. Rowlf worked so beautifully, you would believe it was him and totally forget about Jim Henson and Frank Oz working him.'' Dean still has a Rowlf in his office - underneath is a Muppet version of Henson.

Danny DeVito, who appeared on Sesame Street as a curator of a grouch museum: ''He helped unify the family through his creativity, imagination and energy.''

Shari Lewis, creator of Lamb Chop who did a PBS special with Henson: ''He raised puppeteering to an art form beyond people who just jiggle dolls. Lamb Chop and Kermit were very funny together. Kermit would get very rattled whenever she asked, 'So Kermie, how's the pig?' ''

Charles Grodin, who starred in the movie The Great Muppet Caper in 1981 and NBC's recent Muppets at Walt Disney World special: ''Ironically, I just got a letter from him this morning. It was typical of him, very generous and complimentary. He had the sensibility of Kermit - sweet, kind and sensitive.''

Fred Rogers, host of PBS' Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood: ''He was a consummate puppeteer and an enormous help to public television. He was able to communicate playfulness to children.''

Referring to Sesame Street composer Joe Raposo, who died last year, Rogers added: ''I just imagine Joe and Jim in heaven singing It's Not Easy Bein' Green.''

Read
more

Go forward

 

 
Search:
Keywords:
In Association with Amazon.com

home | news | collectibles | articles | forum | guides | radio | cards | help

Fan site Muppet Central created by Phillip Chapman. Updates by Muppet Central Staff. All Muppets, Bear
characters are copyright of The Muppets Studio. Sesame Street characters are copyright of Sesame Workshop.
Fraggle Rock, Creature Shop and similar likenesses are copyright of The Jim Henson Company.