Let’s Get Geeky #38: Jim Henson

As you may have noticed, there has been a bit of a theme to the Let’s Get Geeky articles this month. There is a reason for that, this Saturday would have been Jim Henson’s 75th birthday so I wanted to celebrate his work throughout the month. I’ve seen tributes online to Jim around the day of his passing, but I felt for me it was more appropriate to celebrate on his birthday. As mentioned in an earlier article I was first exposed to his work through Sesame Street, but at that time I didn’t really think much about the man behind (and under) the characters. I’m sad to say that due to this when he passed away I might have heard about it, but if I did I don’t recall really feeling a loss. Now though that I’ve gotten more into his works such as the Muppets and Fraggle Rock I do feel a bit of a loss. But only a bit of one, since I feel that because of all the works he left that he is still around in a way through his legacy.

I’ve read and heard interviews with various people who knew Jim Henson, and not once have I ever heard anyone say anything bad about him. Yes, I know that a lot of times those sort of things people don;t say anything bad anyway, but I just get the feeling from the interviews that the people speaking are being genuine, and not just being nice for the sake of being nice. Do you recall those surveys that used to be all around the internet? The ones that asked you questions about you to share with friends (or complete strangers depending on if you posted them somewhere…)? Well, one of the questions I remember from those things went something like “If you could meet any person living or dead, who would it be?”. While it has been ages since I’ve filled one of those things out, if I were to do one now, I’m pretty sure the answer to that question would be Jim Henson.

Thanks for all you did Mr. Henson, we miss you.

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