Thanks for the magic Jim Henson

Statue of Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog at University of MarylandMay 16, 1990.  I was working at a copy center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I seem to remember that one of my co-workers had heard on the radio that Jim Henson had died.  I felt empty and as if a part of my childhood had just disappeared.

In those days I was creating and recording strange electronic music under the name Histatic Charge.  My interest in puppetry was put on hold for a while.  Yet somehow his death made me feel as if a good friend was no longer with us.  His characters had been a big part of my childhood,  as a young man I was thrilled to see that his work was exploring fantastic new worlds in the films Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.  I suppose I was still a fan back then, just one who focused on other things like music and my then girlfriend Lara, who in two years would become my wife and many years later a very important partner in this little puppet troupe.

I am sure many of us wonder what Jim Henson would have created in the last 23 years.  Would he make another film set in the world of Dark Crystal?  Perhaps he would have pioneered computer generated puppetry.  Would he have put puppetry aside to direct live actors?  We can only guess.  I am sure it would have been fantastic.

“My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” – Jim Henson

Jim Henson display at University of Maryland

Thank you for sharing your imagination with the world, Jim.  You did make it better.