Jim’s first primetime network Muppet special, The Muppet Valentine Show, was scheduled to air on January 30, 1974. Keeping in mind its potential impact as a pilot for a series, Jim was eager to promote the show. After a week of editing and a January 12th party at his home during which he screened the special, Jim departed for a two week tour, making appearances on television programs around the country. His itinerary included Florida, Washington, Philadelphia, Ohio, and finished in Albuquerque. The effort paid off – the show got big audiences and by mid-March, Jim was meeting with Martin Starger, President of ABC, to discuss a series.
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.