Regardless of the size of his company, Jim took special care to note the comings and goings of his employees over the years. This was particularly true in the 1960s when the addition or subtraction of a colleague could make a major difference to the interpersonal dynamic and corporate capabilities. In August 1963, Jim noted, “Carroll Conroy and Frank Oz started to work.” Bringing in performer Frank Oz, as we all know, made a huge and lasting difference to Jim’s work. Carroll, though hired as a secretary, also made a difference, filling in as a production assistant on various shoots and helping with costuming and other tasks on Time Piece. When she left, Jim hired Jay Campbell and then, in 1968, Terry Tanner. Learn about Jim’s early clerical staff.
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.