named most influential of this century
of Time Magazine
May 31, 1998
Henson, the creator of the Muppets, was listed by Time Magazine today
as being among the century's 20 top artists and entertainers. The
magazine is compiling a list of the 100 most influential figures of the
some significant comments from the article.
can be credited with many accomplishments: he had the most profound
influence on children of any entertainer of his time; he adapted the
ancient art of puppetry to the most modern of mediums, television, transforming
both; he created a TV show that was one of the most popular on earth.
But Henson's greatest achievement was broader than any of these. Through
his work, he helped sustain the qualities of fancifulness, warmth and
consideration that have been so threatened by our coarse, cynical age.
Sesame Street has been on the air for 30 years and has been shown
in scores of countries, Henson's Muppets have entranced hundreds of
millions of children. And the audience for the Muppets has not only
been huge; it has also been passionate. In fact, given the number of
his fans and the intensity of their devotion, Kermit may possibly be
the leading children's character of the century, more significant than
even Peter Pan or Winnie-the-Pooh.
is ironic that Walt Disney did not make the top 20. This only exemplifies
how much respect is out there for the work and genius that belonged to
Jim. It is another testimony of how many lives have been influenced
by Jim Henson.
can read the full
article from Time Magazine in our Jim Henson Tribute Section.