Looking toward a November 1969 premiere, the producers of Sesame Street were busy over the summer testing pilot shows on audiences to see what worked. Having provided a sales presentation film for the show at the start of the year, Jim began designing the Muppet characters that would populate the show. While the final form of the show wouldn’t coalesce until the end of the summer, it was clear they would need a lot of material teaching the alphabet and numbers up to 10 to use as inserts. Jim jumped right in, drawing up storyboards for a series of films counting from 1 to 10 featuring a clumsy baker. He presented them in March and on May 28th, went into the studio to start production. Learn about this first series of counting films.
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.