As the popularity of The Muppet Show soared, viewers became more interested in the people behind the scenes, particularly Jim and his family. His wife Jane had been his first performing and business partner and their long collaboration, both in the studio and on the home front, made for great copy. People magazine decided to focus one of their “Couples” features on Jim and Jane and sent photographer Nancy Moran out to their home in Bedford, NY. This was old hat for the Hensons – back in Washington in the late 1950s and early 60s, numerous publications had written admiringly of Jim and Jane’s unique partnership.
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.