The Henson family had many friends in the puppetry world and socializing with this very warm, inclusive group was an important part of family life. During the summer of 1973, Jim and Jane’s good friends, puppeteers Allelu and John Kurten hosted German puppeteer Albrecht Roser at their Hudson Valley home. Jane’s father had passed away so Jim took their children himself over to the Kurtens’ to see Roser. Later in the month, the entire Henson family had additional opportunities to visit with Roser and the Kurtens.
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.