@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents
September 24, 2013 marks what would have been the 77th birthday of one of the greatest figures in entertainment, Jim Henson. Sadly, this master of the Muppets died in 1990, taken way too soon. But his legacy lives on in his creations.
My first exposure to the Henson foundation was through Sesame Street. I remember watching the show everyday, enjoying my favorite characters as they taught me more about counting, language, and just being a better person. To me, no character on the show compared to Cookie Monster. He was without a doubt my favorite, maybe it's my love of cookies that drew me to him. As I got older though, I have come to love and appreciate Oscar the Grouch. More often than not, I feel like I relate to him better than any other character on that famous street.
Big Bird was always a favorite too, and after watching the A&E Biography on the show, I have a whole new respect for the Caroll Spinney, the man behind the bird. Bert and Ernie (say what you will about them) also got a laugh out of me. Growing up, I had a Bert and Ernie transistor radio.
|The Muppets & Henson|
The show lead to several movies in the 80's and eventually an animated series featuring the Muppets before they were famous. Another Henson project, Fraggle Rock, was another show that I watched religiously.
|A Frog & His Boy|
by Seb Mesnard
Happy birthday and rest in peace.