Jim listed three different Tonight Show appearances in his journal during 1965, but unfortunately, footage seems to exist for only one (New Year’s Eve) and there is no other documentation of these appearances in the Henson archives. Kermit appeared with comedian Bill Cosby, who was promoting the first season of his ground-breaking series I Spy, marking the start of a long professional relationship between Jim and Cosby. The popular comedian was an ideal early guest on Sesame Street, appealing to both children and adults. In 1975, the Muppets encountered Cosby again on the Cher show. More than a decade later, Cosby celebrated twenty years of Sesame Street on Jim’s 1989 special, Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, and on January 11, 1990, the Muppets returned the favor, making a cameo on The Cosby Show episode “Cliff’s Nightmare.”
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.