Jim loved his time in the studio with his fellow Sesame Street performers. There was no greater joy than singing and joking with his friends while working with his long-time colleague Jon Stone who directed the Muppet inserts. Performing Ernie to Frank Oz’s Bert gave Jim a chance to razz his long-time collaborator through their characters, and appearing as Guy Smiley, the over-the-top game show host, Jim could let go and give a loud-mouthed, very silly performance.
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.