Even after fourteen years, it was always a joy for Jim to go into the studio to tape Muppet inserts for Sesame Street. Working with his co-performers in a rhythm that had been established over the years, under the direction of his longtime friend and collaborator Jon Stone, Jim enjoyed these sessions immensely. Many times, the team dissolved into laughter, requiring a pause in the action to catch their collective breath and settle down before turning the cameras on again. The camaraderie on the set and acknowledgement of the smart writing and sharp humor of the material being performed made work on each season fresh and never a chore.
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.