After the success of Jim’s documentary “collage” for NBC about modern society Youth ’68 aired, NBC News commissioned him to create the title sequence for a special on the state of American cities: NBC White Paper: Ordeal of The American City. Jim layered rapidly changing images to depict the rush, vibrancy, and pressure of city living, combining it with animation and a soundtrack of urban noises. He used visuals that alluded to the increasing tensions between Americans in a decade of riots, social neglect, poverty, and heated public debates about urban renewal. In a brief arrangement of images and sounds, Jim was able to set the tone for the program.
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.