75 Years of Jim Henson

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Muppet creator (and the most renowned puppeteer ever) Jim Henson was born on September 24, 1936, which would make him 75 years old if he were with us today. In honor of the occasion, the Google Doodle features a group of Henson's monsters -and you can act as the Muppeteer!

Link to Google.

Link to a memorial at the Google Blog.

Link to more from and about Jim Henson.

Link to more from the Muppets.

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I loved Jim Henson and cried the day he died. So why does Google "honoring" him not seem right to me?

I don't know... maybe it's that severe blonde woman who talks the corporate speak from Henson's company... but this does not seem to me like the sort of suitable tribute to a broad educator and creative spirit who taught an entire generation about, peace, forgiveness, understanding and acceptance. Who positioned his teachings on 'the street' of diverse reality and welcomed the valued of fun, nonsense and curious imagination to inspire millions of children.

That whole video left me sort of depressed as if the spirit of a great man was a sell out to those now entrusted with carrying his vision forward. That 'partnering with Google' was the best means of honoring such an impactful man who inspired me to see the best in the world and that it is our differences make us stronger.

I may just have a small cry again.
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