Jim was enthusiastic about the Sesame Street merchandising program and particularly enjoyed working on the record albums. The previous year, The Muppet Alphabet Album had been great fun, working with the team to write and perform songs representing all twenty-six letters. Getting together in 1972 to create an Ernie and Bert album would have involved spending time with some of Jim’s favorite people – writer Jerry Juhl, performer Frank Oz (Bert to Jim’s Ernie), and composer Joe Raposo. The resulting album, Havin’ Fun With Ernie and Bert, included songs meant to engage the listeners and encourage them to get up and move around. A particular favorite among Jim’s five children was Tiger Hunt, an exercise and celebration of a child’s imagination.
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.