Saturday, September 24, 2011

o is for oscar


My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.

Jim Henson (24 september 1936 - 1990)


although i'm currently out of pocket, i couldn't let the day pass without observing the birthday of jim henson. i'm not alone, google is observing with an outrageously fun muppet google doodle (click link to see vid on origin of today's doodle)

had jim lived he would have been 75 years old today. although it has been over twenty years since jim died, his spirit remains and he is still making the world a better place!

on the google blog is remembrance by jim's son brian, it includes this passage:
Although he loved family, his work was almost never about “traditional” families. The Muppets were a family—a very diverse one. One of his life philosophies was that we should love people not for their similarities, but for their differences.

Jim often had a little lesson about the important things in life: How to be a good person. How to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. And above all, how to forgive. If anything was stolen from one of us—like when the car was broken into—he would always say, “Oh well, they probably needed that stuff more than we did.”

oscar the grouch is just one many wonderful creations jim gave the world. long before oscar and sesame street, jim gave the world kermit the frog. friends of the mouse know of my affinity for all things kermit!


currently i'm in metro dc visiting family and friends - obviously i don't have access to my photos (so i'm recycling snaps from old posts) - bummer, i know i do have a nice snap of oscar somewhere in my cache of photos, oh well, a mouse can only do what a mouse can do....

the world of jim henson - part one (out of nine) of a 1994 documentary



photos: top - an exhibit from the brooklyn public library celebrating the 40th birthday of sesame street, december 2009; middle - photo courtesy of google images: bottom - me & kermie, date uknown.

3 comments:

Daisy said...

I love the Muppets! I have a (vinyl)record of Ms Piggy's diet/exercise program!
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Miss_Piggy%27s_Aerobique_Exercise_Workout_Album

Betsy said...

Aww...I love that photo of you and Kerm. :)

Steve Reed said...

I'm a muppet lover too. Grover was always my favorite.