After the last Jimmy Dean Show taped in March 1966, Dean took his show on the road for a series of live performances. Frank Oz was taking a break from performing so Jerry Nelson filled in to help Jim with Rowlf. Between performances, Jim and Jerry took advantage of their proximity to some of America’s most remarkable landscapes and traveled to Bryce Canyon National Park. Jim had taken a trip out west when he finished high school inspiring a life-long love of the Southwest. As he did in 1966, Jim made sure to get back to the area whenever possible.
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.