For his live appearance with Nancy Sinatra in Las Vegas in June 1971, planning started just a couple of months before. Within two weeks of the May meetings with Sinatra and her husband Hugh Lambert, an outline was complete for the show. Several revised versions went back and forth during the following three weeks. Jim (with Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, and John Lovelady) packed up his puppets and arrived in Vegas on June 8th. After a week of rehearsals, the show opened at the Hilton International June 16th. A taped (though never televised) version of the show was made in August.
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.