It's not often you can remember a particular day long ago, but I can clearly remember what a crummy day it was on May 16, 1990. I came home in the afternoon, and my mom informed me that Jim Henson had died (no websites or 24-hour news cycle to give me that news sooner). It was textbook: I went right into the 'denial' phase. "Nah, Mom, you heard that wrong." Maybe some older person who once worked with the Muppets had died. Of course, I soon realized it was true and the Muppet world would never be the same. The Muppets have had their ups and downs these past twenty years, as have we fans. But it's comforting to know that the Muppets are still around, in the capable hands (literally) of people from back then like Steve and Dave, plus talented newcomers like Eric Johnson and Bill Barretta. And it's a wonderful tribute to Jim that websites like Muppet Central give us a place to focus our Muppety energy. The fans on this site are what keep the Muppets going! Jim left us far too soon, but just think if we had never known him at all. A generation or two sooner, and he would have been a great performer and leader (in theater or vaudeville, maybe) whose work would never have been recorded. Dang, we're lucky he came along and shared his genius with us. Thanks, Jim!