Both the legendary ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his actress daughter, Candice Bergen were guest stars on The Muppet Show. Jim’s dinner with the senior Bergen in 1978 would have been to discuss The Muppet Movie. Demonstrating the huge respect Jim had for Bergen as a performer and entertainment pioneer (ventriloquism on the radio is truly magic!), Jim invited Bergen to have a small cameo part in his upcoming film, portraying a judge (along with Charlie McCarthy) for the Bogen County beauty pageant that gave Miss Piggy her start. It was a wonderful tribute to a man that inspired Jim, and when Bergen passed away later that year, Jim dedicated the film to him.
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.