By 1979, with his hit film Rocky and the sequel premiering that year, Sylvester Stallone was a huge star and a natural choice as guest star on The Muppet Show. In his tough guy persona, he appeared as a gladiator, ready to make short work of a cowardly lion. But then the lion began to sing, and astonishingly, Stallone joined him in a duet of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” Pursued by groupies backstage, Stallone took refuge in his dressing room and shared leading man tips with Link Hogthrob. A sentimental musical number of the turn-of-the-century song, “She’s Only A Bird in a Gilded Cage” further underlined Stallone’s surprising versatility as a performer.
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.