Every fall, since 1969, puppeteers have headed into the studio to tape Muppet segments for Sesame Street. It was always a joyful time for Jim, and now, forty-three years later, the set continues to ring with laughter as vegetables sing and Snuffleupagus’s do ballet. The original Sesame Street Muppet performers, Jim, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson, Fran Brill, and Richard Hunt trained new generations of puppeteers like Kevin Clash and Marty Robinson who in turn have trained yet another generation of their talented kin. Spinney and Brill continue to be regulars and Oz stops in from time to time. Clash and Robinson mentor younger puppeteers and all channel Jim’s humor and vision. While the show has evolved over the years, the camaraderie among the performers remains the same season after season.
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.