While Jim’s work kept him on the road or in the UK much of the year, he made a point of traveling with his children and, when possible, attending their school functions. When his daughter Cheryl’s high school musical Pippin opened at the end of March 1979, Jim was on hiatus from The Muppet Show and made sure to be in New York, taking advantage of being there by shooting some new meeting films. He attended Cheryl’s performance, and the next day, he flew to LA to get ready for a special appearance – Kermit guest hosting The Tonight Show. At the end of the week, Jim hosted guests for the taping of The Muppets Go Hollywood. Given all the important professional activities Jim had going at that time, his effort to attend and note his daughter’s show is evidence of the importance Jim placed on his relationship with his children. They were a priority and he made every effort to intersect with their lives.
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.