Given the Muppets’ popularity with young audiences, it was no surprise that Jim and his Sesame Street colleague Joe Raposo were invited to perform at the White House children’s party in 1978. Still, it was a huge honor, and Jim was gratified to be there to perform with Joe. Their hostess, first lady Rosalynn Carter, enjoyed the show, sitting right down on the floor with the children, and she sent Jim warm thanks and a photo of the event. Jim crossed paths just a few days later with the Carters – both Kermit and President Jimmy Carter appeared on the cover of Time magazine the following week.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.