Jocelyn Stevenson began her work with Jim as a writer of Sesame Street and Muppet books. She went on co-create Fraggle Rock, write A Tale of The Bunny Picnic, and was the force behind The Ghost of Fraffner Hall. Jocelyn and Jim became good friends, and the Henson family made several trips to visit Jocelyn and her family at her home in Scotland over the years. This was typical for Jim – many of his business relationships were also friendships, and he made a point of keeping up with his contacts scattered around the world. Whether it was a puppeteer in Germany or a designer, like Brian Froud, in England, Jim made time to socialize, celebrate family events, and share ideas, visiting abroad or hosting in New York and London.
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.