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Remembering Jim Henson, 24 years after May 16, 1990

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    It's hard to believe that it has been 24 years since Jim's passing on May 16, 1990. Like many of you, we'll never forget that day. Share your memories of May 16, 1990 and the impact Jim Henson continues to have on your life.

    Read our Jim Henson tributes for many stories from the days and weeks after Jim Henson's passing. Our "Remembering Jim Henson" menu designed by Jamie is also now on our home page.

    Join us in celebrating his legacy that will live on for generations.



  2. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    Okay, I know I posted last year, but this time, it's a different story that's new to me! Honest! :concern:

    Anyway, back at March, Mom and I were driving home after watching MMW in theaters, & Mom can never stop laughing about Constantine! (Hey! If the movie makes Moms laugh, it'll make anyone laugh! :cool:) Still, I just turned 23 years old that month, and she said that was the age she was when she 'had heard'...this was how it went down:

    First thing's first, just to refresh memory, I wasn't even born yet!
    Second: my only older sister was then an only child, standing in the crib & teething on the bars on the 1st Mother's Day when my Mom was, well, a mom!
    And thirdly: for a family with the first child, my Mom was the average 'stay-at-home' mother & my Dad was (and still) works & goes to job like an average Dad.

    So on that unsuspectingly fateful day, Mom spent the hours playing with baby Jackie, even videotaping her playing with a big beachball. It was pretty much like that until the evening when Dad came back from work. He already 'had heard' of the death & wasn't quite sure how to admit this, but Mom saw his uneasiness & wanted to know badly. So then he said, "Well, uh...he was guy who...played Miss Piggy."

    Which made my Mom exclaim, "FRANK OZ DIED?!"

    ...Seriously! That is the truth! :eek: Dad knew that Jim Henson had died, but he's not really the person who keeps track of performers, much unlike my Mom. Don't worry, the confusion was quickly straightened out. My Mom can tell a bunch of stories of us sisters' early years as much as myself, but so far, this has to be the best story I've heard from her! You can just tell it has that flavorful mix of funny and poignant. I'm sure anyone at JHC, Sesame Workshop, Disney, or wherever else like IBEX would find my family's story hilarious! Wonder if my friend Jordan will mention this memorial at our studio meeting tonight...:sigh:

    :) Thank you, Jim!
  3. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    My avatar says it all. I don't really give two craps about celebrities but Jim's death feels like a close family member I still cry 24 years later...but also celebrate his incredible life.
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  4. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    You know what? Jim Henson is my hero too. I don't care what others say, because I heart he Muppets, Fraggles, Sesame Street Muppets, and so on. I miss him so much and I never ever met him.
  5. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    Today is the 24th anniversary of Jim Henson's passing. Let's remember with one of his last performances as Kermit the Frog.

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  6. SpookyMania

    SpookyMania Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson died a year before I was born (I'm a May baby, my birthday was last week). My parents did a good job at introducing me to Jim Henson's body of work: I grew up on Sesame Street (we even had season passes to Sesame Place), we had all the Muppet movies on VHS, and my dad would always record The Muppet Show whenever it aired on Nickelodeon. I have fond memories of seeing Muppet Treasure Island in theaters with my dad. And all this time, I was perfectly aware of who Jim Henson was. He was the guy who came up with all this amazing stuff and all these unforgettable characters. To me, he was like the Walt Disney of puppetry and really sparked my love for the art form.
    One day, I don't remember how it happened, but my mom told me that Jim Henson had died, and not too long ago. Even though I didn't know him, or even anything about him, it made me really sad. Jim Henson was dead? What did that mean for Sesame Street? For the Muppets? Would they just disappear? Would I never see a new Muppet movie?
    Thankfully, we all know the answer to those questions. His works, his legacy, everything he accomplished with his short time on this earth, they live on. He'll continue to affect millions of people across the globe and I think he'd be pretty happy to know that.
    RIP, Jim. Thanks for everything.
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  7. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson's a big part of my life and childhood. Watching The Muppets and Sesame Street growing up made me smile. I still miss Jim Henson to this day.
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  8. ToonGeek

    ToonGeek Well-Known Member

    I really wish I would've got the chance to meet Jim Henson, he sounds like a very nice guy to hang out with and to talk to, if only he would've went to the doctor, then maybe, just maybe, he would've last a little longer in age, I love his franchises and still love them to this day, hopefully Jim Henson is finding his Rainbow Connection in Heaven right now, with other angels helping with his puppeteering :)
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  9. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson on Arsenio Hall:
  10. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I was 22 when he died, so it's a little hard to fathom more of my life was spent without him than with him. But I still feel lucky, getting to be part of the generation that saw Sesame Street first, The Muppet Show first, Emmet Otter first, Fraggle Rock first...
    everything Jim rolled out when it was brand-spankin' new.

    But for someone I never got to meet (although I've been very fortunate to have met so many people connected with him), his endless optimism, gentle spirit, and creative drive have certainly rubbed off on me.

    Something really weird happened just last week. Someone in the supermarket came up to and shouted "YOU LOOK LIKE JESUS!" (I've run into a few people like this over the years). I tried to explain I'm really not, but he still wouldn't believe it. "I WANT YOU TO BRING MY PARENTS BACK!" Well, except for Lazarus the real Jesus didn't make it a practice of bringing back the dead.

    But if it WAS in my powers to be able to bring one person back, Jim would be the one.
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  11. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    I was 13 when I found out. I was in junior high and I didn't find out until that evening on the news. Anyone remember when they played The Muppet Show on TNT back then? Well, I programmed the VCR to tape them in the mornings so I had something to look forward to when I got home from school. I was trying to collect all 120 episodes.

    Anyhow, I was watching the episode I got that morning (Crystal Gayle) when I found out. Mom told me to run to the other room, where some footage of Jim and Sprocket was on the TV in the kitchen. "What's Jim Henson doing in Doc's Workshop? Is there a new Fraggle Rock documentary?" The clip went to an anchorman...and then I found out what we all found out that day.

    The next day, when I came home from school and checked my "daily catch" (the Elton John episode), a 20 second clip preceded it. there was a photo of Jim with 1936-1990 underneath it. The announcer, whose voice I remember from a lot of the TNT promos and commercials, said "TNT remembers the man behind the Muppets, the face behind the Fraggles: Jim Henson...we'll miss you."

    24 years later, it's not any easier. I'm just a fan. I never knew Jim Henson or even got the chance to write a proper, well thought out fan letter. (Some time ago, I came across a clunky one written in crayon when I was 6 years old, asking Jim if I could visit Fraggle Rock).

    When I was little, I imagined Jim as not a puppeteer, but as some kind of Jacques Cousteau or Jack Hannah. During my childhood, I believed in the Muppets as real creatures, not as puppets. To me, Jim was a cameraman who filmed all of these things, then had his name in the credits. He went around with his camera and filmed the Muppet Show. He was all over the place, the stage, backstage, the audience, Statler and Waldorf's box, wherever he could get the best footage.

    Jim somehow squeezed into the hole that led to Fraggle Rock. I had it all figured out. I saw a photo of Jim back then and thought "he's skinny enough to fit in that Fraggle hole. When it's time to go to to Fraggle Rock, Jim turns the camera on, climbs through Doc's window and someone pushes him down the tunnel to follow Gobo." Jim would be on his stomach on a skateboard, then one of those people from the credits (I dunno...that "Hunt" or "Nelson" name I kept seeing back then) would just give him a push. If Jim got stuck in the hole, no worries. That Hunt or Nelson guy would have some Gorg butter handy. (It worked for Sprocket, didn't it?)

    Jim filmed certain segments of Sesame Street (the scenes on the street itself). When it was time for a cartoon about the number 12 or whatever, I figured that was when Jim had to eat lunch, pay the parking meter or go to the bathroom. So, Jim would just hook up the TV camera to a film projector somehow and roll the cartoons. It all made sense when I was six. Back then, May 16th on a calendar was a nondescript date that meant summer was very close.

    Now, though...I just think about the people who were the closest to Jim Henson each May 16th. I wish I could do something nice for them. All I can say is that my thoughts are with them all today. To anyone who knew Jim Henson personally out there: my condolences and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    And thank you, Mr. Henson. You were one of the best "cameramen" who ever lived. ;)
  12. fozzieisfunny

    fozzieisfunny Well-Known Member

    I'll show you some of his.....Alright, I can't take this. I'm starting to tear up :sympathy:
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  13. tiggergirl19

    tiggergirl19 Well-Known Member

    I was really young when he died, I was born in 1986, so I really don't remember what I was doing or at. I do remember that The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, and every other thing that Jim did, I was introduced to by my grandpa. I figure that if there's any muppet thing that happens now, like movies or calendars, I think that I get to spend time with my grandpa.
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  14. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

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  15. fozzieisfunny

    fozzieisfunny Well-Known Member

    Without Jim Henson, I would be bored.........for a REALLY long time. Like, real long. Maybe, even my whole life. So, up in heaven, Jim, if you read the posts on Muppet Central, I hope that you continue to make Muppet projects and have a good time with the other great people up there. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

    You get to be with some of your family, some of your friends, it just means a great deal knowing that you're happy. As long as you're happy, I think all 17, 220 people on Muppet Central are happy. God bless you, and rest in peace. You made a whole lot of people laugh, which is ( the third) greatest gift ever. ( P.S Five Muppet movies were made without you. Don't worry, I'll give you them in heaven as a gift.)
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  16. CrazyHarry

    CrazyHarry Member

    Where did this picture come from? I hope you don't mind I stole it to post on Facebook.
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  17. MUPPETFAN1976

    MUPPETFAN1976 Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, I was born almost 10 years after he died. So, I never got to see Henson on TV. Luckily, with the magic of YouTube, we can all relive those memories. Millions of people all around the world were shocked about this. I'd like to show a few news articles from 1990 about Henson's death.








    These are the ones that I could find.


    SEPTEMBER 24,1936-MAY 16,1990
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  18. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

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  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    That picture has gotten a whole lot of use....

    I miss Jim, and his wonderful voice. When I think of Jim the song "I don't want to live on the mom" always comes to my mind. I have always loved that song, and Jim sung it so very well.
  20. CrazyHarry

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