During the summer of 1964, after the first season on The Jimmy Dean Show, Rowlf appeared with the country music star in his month-long Las Vegas night club act. To promote the appearance, Dean and Rowlf did a special bit in an earlier show in Texas. After bantering about the virtues and temptations of Vegas (Dean asks if it is roulette that is tiring Rowlf out, and Rowlf explains, “No, Suzette!”), Dean asks if Lassie would be coming over from Hollywood to catch Rowlf’s act. Rowlf then proceeds to place a phone call the canine star. After much back and forth, it appears Lassie was making plans to come. That was enough for Rowlf, who then joined Dean in a duet of “Song and Dance Man.” Lassie never showed.
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.