Happy Birthday, Jim Henson! (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990)

As you surely noticed on Google, there’s an interactive Muppet tribute on the home page, a cute and fitting tribute to the creative brilliance of Mississippi-native Jim Henson, whose 75th birthday would have been today.

He is not only the creator of the Muppets, but the mastermind behind one of everyone’s favorite 80’s movies, Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

He also co-created Fraggle Rock and wrote and directed 1982’s The Dark Crystal. (Which is receiving the 3D/sequel treatment quite soon)…

Henson’s work will never stop being memorable, unless new mothers forget to sit their children down in front of his shows or movies. Lord knows every 3rd grader needs to be both thrilled and terrified by the Labyrinth goblins like I was.

Thankfully two of his children continued his legacy at The Jim Henson Company, after he passed away at age 53, due to organ failure related to pneumonia.

Happy 75th ghost birthday Jim! I like to think that somehow you are still puppeteering, in a friendly way. Like for babies or something, in non-threatening poltergeist form.

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