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Remembering Jim Henson...

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, May 16, 2012.

  1. Phillip Administrator

    It's hard to believe that it has been 22 years since Jim's passing on May 16, 1990. Like many of you, I'll never forget that day. What are your memories of May 16, 1990? Share the impact that Jim Henson has had 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.

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  2. Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    Two of my favorite pictures (not uploaded by me):

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    I actually use the second one as my desktop.
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  3. panmanthe2nd Active Member

    Jim Henson is dearly missed, but lives on in his work.

    In memory of Jim Henson I've uploaded "An Evening with Jim Henson and Frank Oz" to YouTube, which as far as I know wasn't on there before.

    Sound isn't great, but I believe it's the best there is.

  4. Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I heard that Jim Henson passed while riding on the bus from one college class to another. The bus had a radio on, and it was announced there. I got teary-eyed on the spot. I still do, remembering that day.
  5. muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    yeah it makes me sad to this day :(
  6. AlittleMayhem Well-Known Member

    I was born after Jim died, and yet I still mourn. :(
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  7. Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson handled character and emotion and CONNECTION like no one else that I know. His genius is missed!
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  8. redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I was about 8 years old - so I was young, but old enough to understand who was behind the Muppets. My mom sat me down and told me the way she did when a beloved family member died. I remember it didn't really resonate with me immediately, but it did as time went on. I'm thankful to have walked the earth while he was part of it, short as the time was.
  9. Yuna Leonhart Well-Known Member

    I wasn't even born when he passed but it doesn't prevent me from mourning. I made these two pics in honor of his memory:

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  10. Borples Active Member

    Jim Henson was responsible for so many of my favorite things. Sesame Street taught me to read before I went to kindergarten. The Muppet Show defined my sense of humor--my brother and I made Muppet jokes and references from as far back as I can remember to this day. Labyrinth was my first favorite movie--the first one I went all goofy-obsessive over. Every time I watch it now, I realize how many of the phrases that are part of my permanent repertoire came from that movie. Fraggle Rock, I loved then, but I love it even more now, as I'm still discovering the depth and beauty--and silliness!--of the Rock.

    I don't remember a time that I didn't realize that the Muppets were puppets. I never thought Kermit was a real frog. And I have a vague, VAGUE memory of my dad teaching me the name of Jim Henson when I was very small. After that, in my mind, he was THE great entertainer.

    I was in eighth grade when he died. I saw it on the evening news--it was the Peter Jennings one. You know, "A little of the magic is gone." Those words still make me tear up. I don't know how to describe that feeling, but those of you who are old enough remember. It just seemed so wrong. Nothing on the news before or since has ever hit me quite the same way.

    But it was middle school, and I don't remember anyone talking about it the next day. I went around feeling sad and hollow and thought I was the only one who cared. It wasn't until I was all grown up with kids of my own that I realized that I was far, FAR from alone in my love for all things Henson. The outpouring of affection for the Muppets when the movie was coming out blew me away. I felt so vindicated. ;) And at the same time, I realized that there were like-minded folks congregating on the internet, AND THEY'D BEEN THERE FOR YEARS. Why I never sought out Muppet fan sites before, I have no idea. But I've gained an apprecaition lately for the scope of Jim's effect on the world. He touched and taught and delighted so many, from fans like us to people who never give Muppets a second thought--but who still have their lessons and laughter in their hearts.

    Twenty-two years ago, we lost a great, great man. But we'll never lose his legacy. I'm so grateful to the people who are carrying on his work. And to all of you, who make it your business to love it, and to honor Jim in your own way.
  11. Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    My own video tribute I made for Jim. I miss him so much. I literally broke down in tears today. I was only 7 when he past so I was too young to understand but now that I am old enough to understand I feel like there's a hole in my heart. For me it feels like he just past. Jim I'm sure your up there putting on Muppet shows. And I have no doubt your still performing Kermit. :)

  12. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Very sad. Jim Henson was able to create a series of characters who were not only funny and entertaining, but relatable, with realistic emotions and personalities. He definitely left behind a lasting legacy and I am glad that we are all here to remember it.
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  13. Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Jim thank you for "the lovers the dreamers and you." :(
  14. DannyRWW Well-Known Member

  15. Ceris New Member

    This is from my blog on Tumblr - "When in doubt... throw penguins."

    "I was terrible. But Kermit was great."

    May 16th, 1990 I was living in Victoria, B.C. I had a great apartment, I was doing some theatre, making friends and trying to find my way in this new city, on my own, away from parents and the security of the home town.

    It was a beautiful day. I don’t remember how the day began, but I do remember the middle of the day. I was visiting a friend who worked in a television store in a mall. We’d done a show together, or something like that and I stopped by to say hi. We didn’t know each other well, so he had no idea how the news of the day was going to affect me.

    So, there we are, standing in the store, chatting and all the t.v.’s are set to the same channel with the sound off. While we are chatting, some news feed comes on to all the stations and I see pictures of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jim Henson flashing across the screen. Of course, I react and say something like, “Hey! That’s Jim Henson!” I’m excited that he’s in the news, because I think it means he’s got a new project in the works or something. My friends says, “yeah. He’s dead.” Just like that. And I was ready to slap him. You see, this friend and I liked to tease and joke around, so naturally, that’s what I thought was going on and this was one joke I wasn’t going to take.

    My head snapped round to him and I said, “Shut up. He is not.”

    I’m fairly certain this shocked him. But he continued on to tell me what he’d heard in the news that morning. And I continued to tell him he was wrong and there was no way that this news was correct. I think that abruptly ended my visit at that point. Not sure - the rest of that part is a blur, really. But then I remember the next moment of my day.

    I went home to my apartment and as I walked in the door (having blithely dismissed the news I’d been told as patently untrue), my very good friend and roommate had the news on and came rushing to the door as I entered. She looked very concerned and said, “Are you okay?”
    I didn’t have to ask…. all I said was, “So it’s true, then?” And promptly fell apart.

    I spent the rest of the day watching every news tidbit that I could. I couldn’t understand it and I was very, very angry. I wanted far more news than I was getting and I was really upset at what I felt was a lack of explanation and coverage in the media. I wanted more details. And, I was very angry. I still get angry when I think about the injustice of his early departure. It hurts me every time to tell this story. I can only imagine how his family (muppety and blood related) must feel to this day.

    I read every article that was published about his death and I still have a copy of one magazine. I watched the news reports of his memorial and was sad (and again angry) that I couldn’t attend. (What was I thinking? Really? I lived in Victoria, British Columbia and his service was in New York City - I’d never been there and it would be years before I would visit… but I desperately wanted to attend that service. To be a part of that remembrance.) I cried when I read about the condolence card from the Disney company. The grief was constant and I had no vent for this. But I also kept thinking…who was I to feel this kind of sadness for someone I’d never met, (and now never would)? I wasn’t related. I wasn’t special to him.
    But here’s the thing… He had made me feel that I was special. He, his team and his work had created so many wonderful stories, memories and feelings for me that I knew in my heart, that he thought I was special. I read the credits to movies because he had Kermit mention how important that was in the opening of The Great Muppet Caper. I direct and teach the way I do because of lessons I learned from him, his team and his work.

    In short, everything I know about how to be a good person I learned from Jim Henson. (No offence to my amazing parents and teachers… ) But it’s true. I learned so much from him and I continue to do so every day. So while today is “Jim Henson Day” for a special and sad reason, every day is Jim Henson day for all sorts of wonderful, silly and special reasons.
  16. Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I tried to watch The Muppet movie last night but as soon as Rainbow Connection came on I just broke down. I couldn't watch anymore. I must've spent a good hour just sobbing. It was like the tears wouldn't stop flowing. It literally felt like I was grieving my best friend but in some ways I think we all are.
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  17. Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Thanks for everything, Jim. :):jim:
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  18. Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    It makes me wonder what does Frank think on a day like this...I'm sure even 22 years later he still misses his close friend a lot...
  19. Hubert Well-Known Member

    Combination to Imagination
    By Hubert

    The world of imagination is locked and bolted securely, to keep people from ruining that world. When they are born, every child is given the combination to unlock world of imagination. Sadly, as they get older, most forget what exactly the combination is. Only a few remember. There is only one way to get back the combination: you must be told it by one of the few who did retain it.

    We don't know exactly how it went down, but a boy named Jim retained it or got it back one way or another. His grandmother, Dear, probably played a part, but the important thing is that he got it. He loved it. He lived there. And he wanted to share that lost world with others. He decided to go and make it publicly available. The challenge is that you can't just say, the code is "81481395910395." (That's not the real code). If you did that, anyone could access the world, and anyone could come in and ruin it. Jim needed to figure out a way to make it public enough to be accessed, but not too public. And he did it. He figured out a way that it can be accessed. But only if you look for it.

    It's there. Watch Jim's work, think about it, ponder it, understand it. If you listen well enough, you'll hear it. He has a bunch of numbers hidden in his work. You just have to find them and order them. And then you have the key. It's there. I can witness to that. Fact, I have a large debt to the hotel there.
  20. Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    This brought tears to my eyes. Very well done. I can't help but think Jim is looking down on all of us and smiling. :jim::)

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