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15 years - Where were you?

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Rowbes, May 13, 2005.

  1. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    I was twelve, and I had come home where I saw my father sitting on the couch and I could tell there was something wrong because of the way he looked at me when I came in. He asked me to sit down and said something very sad has happened (Dad wasn't a as big a Muppet fan as me, but he still admired Jim and knew how fanatic I was). I cried for two hours and mourned for two weeks. In loving memory, I've changed my avatar for this full week in dedication to a man that my father instilled in me as a great role model. Thank you, dad; and God bless you Jim.
  2. Pino

    Pino Well-Known Member

    Can I use that avatar too this week...?
  3. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    I'd be honored.
  4. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Well-Known Member

    Vic, I'd like to use your avatar for my online journal, if that's alright. I won't use it on here, cause I don't want to cause confusion. But it's beautiful.
  5. Krazedmuppet

    Krazedmuppet Well-Known Member

    I think I was in Kindergarden (yes im that young) and I DO remember the special on him, and his death, but I dont think I fully understood it then
  6. Krazedmuppet

    Krazedmuppet Well-Known Member

    actualy, my fav was the letter he wrote to his kids at the funeral (well... it was in his will for them to read it at the funeral or something)

    It was somthing like... "Be kind to eachother, life is good, and **** whos going to argue with me, im dead" I loved his humor, I think we all did, it wasnt so... ovious, not so sexual, you know what I mean?

    Ive had many dreams of meeting him, and Dave Golez, and Carol Spinny
  7. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I was 9 years old when I found out about Jim's death. I couldn't stand seeing my hero gone for good. I cried the whole day. My grandma called me and said "Sorry to hear about Jim Henson death. I wanted to call you to tell you it will be ok." I was glad to hear my grandma on the phone telling this and I felt better. My teacher gave me an article but I lost it. It had the same picture I think as yours muppet_dk but in color and had other little games and stuff to play. I wished I still had it. That was one of my charished thing I had that told me about Jim and his death. I'll always love you JIM! Your my hero!! Wished you could be here but I know you are in sprit.
  8. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    In response to my avatar, I've created three similar ones for use by other members. You may also feel free to use the one I have now, but I feel this is a small yet beautiful day to mark our rememberance of such a wonderful man, so I encourage you to either use one of these or your own in the celebration of Jim's life.

  9. Frogster

    Frogster Well-Known Member

    I was five years old.
    I went with my parents on my dad's business trip up to Wichita. While my dad was at work, I went with my mom shopping. We went to this big store that was like K.B. Toys, and I got a Kermit the Frog doll that said Muppet University on it. After that, we went to the mall, and I saw a magazine Kermit sitting in a director's chair, and I remember asking my mom to get it so she could read me the articles on him. I didn't belive what the cover had said about him being dead. I hadn't heard anything about it. Looking back on it, I really wish I would've been able to understand death. It kinda pains me that I didn't. I remember watching the tribute. I have it today, and I think the saddest part, to me, is when Gonzo is reading a letter:
    "While falling asleep that night, our five year old daughter Blair said, 'It's a good thing that there are people who can do Jim Henson's job. He'll be with us every time we watch the Muppets. He'll be able to see them from Heaven.'
    The Reacer Family,
    Las Vegas, Nevada."
  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I remember it like it was yesterday. Horrible day.

    I had come home from school and found my mother sitting on the couch crying her eyes out with CNN (or thereabouts) playing on the TV. I asked her what was wrong, she said, "Did you hear anything today about somebody dying?" I said, "No! Who? Papa or Granny?" She said no and I calmed down some, and I asked about a few other family members and she just kept bawling saying, "I can't say it! I can't be the one to tell you!"

    Then it came on TV, and I just dropped to my knees. It was horrible. I just left my book bag there and walked out to my little work-shed (where I lived, actually) and played "Rainbow Connection," hugged up to my Kermit doll.

    It was about the same way when I found out Charles Schulz had passed away, except with a Snoopy doll.
  11. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I was about 9 years old in 3rd grade when Jim Henson died. I remember we had been remodling my parents' house and therefore had to watch t.v. in their bedroom at the time. We didn't hear anything about it until we gathered in to watch the evening news and there it was. I remember being just in shock and thinking that nothing would go on. I had just kind of reached the age where I didn't watch Sesame Street anymore because it wasn't "cool" although I secretly still loved it and I was so worried that something would happen to Kermit and Ernie and all the characters that I loved. I also remember being somewhat confused as to how he died, because they said he had pnemonia and with the AIDS epidemic at the time and so many AIDS patients losing battles with pnemonia I thought maybe that is what he had. I was kind of young and stupid I guess, in the days that followed it was cleared up for me. I also remember watching coverage on Entertainment Tonight and all these kids were writing letters asking if Big Bird would be ok and things like that and just being so sad. The worst was when I saw the cover of Time (I think) with Kermit hugging the directors chair and looking sad. I just lost it in the middle of the supermarket and my mom had to take me home. I remember watching the tribute that aired and it helped me feel better because I saw that the Muppets would go on, although they'd never be the same. Jim was amazing and I will be thinking of him all day.
  12. SCOOTER_101

    SCOOTER_101 Well-Known Member

    I remember I was getting ready to watch Fraggle Rock that night on TNT. It was on at 6:30pm back then. And this thing came on the screen with Jim Henson's picture on it. And it said "Jim Henson, We'll miss you" and I thought "oh mabye he went on a vacation or something and won't be around for a month or so" then later I found out the horrible truth I was devestated. I thought there would be no more Sesame Street it was awful
  13. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    I Remember...

    I was in junior high and I didn't even know that he had died until the news came on that evening. I remember trying to eat supper, but couldn't...it just tasted bitter. I remember thinking "Why?" over and over again, trying to fathom that Jim was gone.

    I guess what's frustrating the most is that I never got to meet him, or at least write to him. (Shrug) I just wanted to say thanks and tell him how much his work meant to me. That's all.

    After fifteen years, that's still the same thought I have about Jim Henson...I'm sad he's gone, of course, but what bothers me the most is that I never got to say "thanks".

    A lot of us have probably daydreamed about what we could talk to Jim about (if it were possible). There's some of us who'd hop up and down in front of Jim like Wembley Fraggle loaded full of caffeine, wanting to audition as a puppeteer. Some of us would beg for an autograph and ask him "Do Kermit's voice, please???"

    If Jim were alive today, and if I had the chance to talk to him (or write him a letter), I wouldn't want to bug him with a lot of questions. Instead, I'd try to make him laugh by telling him funny stuff that's happened to me and my family over the years, whether it was Muppet related or not. My point being is this: Jim Henson has always made me laugh and feel good about myself. I say, why not return the favor? I know there's stuff I could tell him that he'd probably find hilarious.

    If it's true that sometimes those who have passed on can still see the world of the living, then I bet Jim got a good laugh out of when my family and I went to see some of the Muppets on exhibit. There I was with a camcorder, zooming in on every little speck of foam and feather in the place, practically leaving eyeball prints on the glass cases to get a better look. As I gawked at everything, hardly blinking for fear I might miss something, I imagined Jim strolling along behind me. He'd be chuckling as this obsessed nut in a Kermit t-shirt let his jaw drop in awe while gazing at an original La Choy Dragon sketch. The commentary on that tape is nice and "coherent", too:

    "wha---guh....bu.....DOOZERS! They got Dooz---GASP! Original Brian Froud sketches! Oh...man....ohhhhhh....maaaannnn....WOAH! Dr. Teeth! Dr. Teeth! Zoom button, zoom button, where's the...there we go...Dr. Teeth! WOW! I can't BELIEVE this! Dr. Teeth..."

    So, yeah, I'm sad he's gone, too. But I'm just a fan. There's other folks who have posted here (Terry Angus, Karen Prell and Jerry Nelson for example) who knew Jim Henson, and worked with him and who (to borrow a quote from Bob McGrath) "had a chance to be with him, and to know him and to love him a lot when he was here." I can't even begin to imagine how they felt when Jim Henson passed away.

    If Jim Henson knows how much we miss him, and how much we care about him still, even fifteen years later, he'd be touched. If he can access Muppet Central from his cloud in Heaven, I'm sure he knows. Mr. Henson will always be alive in our hearts...and because of that, he will never truly be gone.

    "He can't leave us...and we can't leave him! Maybe I'm not too late after all...":smirk:

    (takes deep breath)

    "Thanks, Jim...thanks for everything."

    Convincing John
  14. zeldazipple

    zeldazipple Well-Known Member

    I was 15 years old and at the height of my Muppet craze which lasted over 10 years. I was starting to collect videos made by HA. It was probably about 10 in the moring and I was home by myself when my mum came in and said. " have soem really bad news. I mean really bed. " I was expecting to here that one of my cats got runed over, but she said Jim Hanson had died she heard it on the raideo on the way to work and came home just to tell me. She knew how attached I was to him and didn't feel that was something I needed to be alone to find out about. Glad she told me first I was so devastated I was in shock for like 6months it really tramatized me. I got over it eventually but man that was a shock. I write to the Henson People giving my words of kindness.
    My mothers old wrist watch stopped at excatly 1:21 AM on May the 16th and I wouldn't let her change the batteries in it. I kept it it for years.I think I recorded every news report and collected every article of his death.
    We will always remeber you Jim.
  15. dbarrie

    dbarrie Well-Known Member

    On the day of his death I was in one of my high school classes (age 16). Somebody in the class whispered that Jim had just died, much to my disbelief. It wasn't until I got home and watched TV that my worst fears about him were confirmed. He had just appeared on TV with his WDW special, and now he was gone. Very shocking and sad. Hard to believe it's been 15 years since he left the world.

    Yesterday I devoted part of the day to paying my own remembrance to him. I got out my DVDs and watched "The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson" "Time Piece," "The World of Jim Henson," "The Muppets at WDW," "Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets," and a VHS copy of the Harry Belafonte TMS (reportedly one of his personal faves). I also played some songs from CDs that Jim made famous through his characters.

    RIP Jim - we miss you.

    OI MuppetFan
  16. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    I was 21 when Mr. Henson died. I remember getting up for work & hearing on the radio that he had passed on. Needless to say I was in a bit of shock! I remember thinking "He can't be gone!" :(
    (There's more about my memory of when he died in a post in "Muppet College Dorms". So if you want to read it there,you can.)

    R.I.P. Mr. Henson
  17. T-Bird Chick

    T-Bird Chick Well-Known Member

    I wasnt even born! Well Anyway, RIP Jim. We All Love You!
  18. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    I had just come home from school (I was in the ninth grade at the time), and my mom dropped the bomb on me that Jim was gone. I was too stunned for words or emotion. I just sort of froze. In fact, I don't think my shock ever really allowed me to properly grieve at all. I guess I made up for it when Charles Schulz died in 2000. I was a real train wreck then. But the weird thing was, the same day Jim died, just hours before I found out, I was sitting in my highschool typing class, and we were told to type out something regarding our personal heroes. I wrote about Jim Henson. Kind of eerie, really.
  19. Effralyo

    Effralyo Well-Known Member

    I second CJ. As always. And everyone.
    I dunno how must we thank Jim.... :cry
    To show it anyhow though, I drawn him on May 16th (and going to post soon). On the pic he looks at John last time before saying goodbye forever, and the smart fraggle says, "Farewell, Master". "Master" - that`s how, I think, all of the Muppets could call Jim always.
    That`s all awhile. :cry :cry :cry
  20. Jonathan

    Jonathan Well-Known Member

    I was not born yet. But is it not weried that my mom found out she was pregnate with me the same day he died?! Well I'll miss you Jim, and Im sure your up in heaven right now, reading this

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