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    • The Muppet Show ended after a few seasons, but the characters have appeared in a long series of movies, beginning with 1979's The Muppet Movie. One song from that musical film, The Rainbow Connection, sung by Kermit, was nominated for an Oscar. The Muppet characters have also appeared in a large number of made-for-TV-movies and television specials.

    • On September 24, 2003, University of Maryland, College Park honored Jim Henson by holding a dedication ceremony. The ceremony dedicated a life-sized statue of University of Maryland alumnus Jim Henson, conversing with one of his favorite creations, Kermit the Frog, in front of the Adele Stamp Student Union on the College Park campus.

    • Jim named Kermit the Frog after a childhood friend from Mississippi.

    • Jim voiced Kermit in the 1969 tv movie Hey, Cinderella!.

    • The Wizard of Oz (1939) was one of his favorite films.

    • Before his career in puppetry, he would experiment with 8mm and 16mm film, often making animation.

    • A Jim Henson retrospective was held from September 1990 to February 1991 at London's Museum of the Moving Image.

    • Harry Belafonte sang the much beloved song "Turn the World Around" from The Muppet Show (1976) at Jim's funeral. It was reported to be his favorite.

    • Was a good friend of George Lucas, who originally offered him the role of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

    • Created the original Kermit the Frog out of his mother's old coat and a ping-pong ball. In the beginning Kermit was not a frog, but a lizard-like character.

    • He is the father of Brian Henson, Lisa Henson, Heather Henson, Cheryl Henson and John Henson.

  • Quotes

    • Jim Henson: Despite this discussion of things spiritual - I still think of myself as a very 'human' being. I have the full complement of weaknesses, fears, problems, ego, and sensuality. But I think this is why we're here - to work our way through all this, and, hopefully, come out a bit wiser and better for having gone through it all.

    • Jim Henson: Simple is good.

    • Jim Henson: Some people claim Kermit is my alter-ego. I'm not sure I know what that means. I like to work Kermit because there's a lot of leeway for ad-libbing, which I don't have with most other characters but I'm not sure that I'm not Kermit.

    • Jim Henson: If our 'message' is anything, it's a positive approach to life. That life is basically good. People are basically good.

    • Jim Henson: I think there are lots of ways of leading very good lives and growing spiritually. This process of growth goes on whether we believe in it or not.

    • Jim Henson: I spend a few minutes in meditation and prayer each morning. I find that this really helps me to start the day with a good frame of reference. As part of my prayers, I thank whoever is helping me - I'm sure that somebody or something is - I express gratitude for all my blessings and try to forgive the people that I'm feeling negative toward. I try hard not to judge anyone, and I try to bless everyone who is part of my life, particularly anyone with whom I am having any problems.

    • Jim Henson: I don't know exactly where ideas come from, but when I'm working well ideas just appear. I've heard other people say similar things - so it's one of the ways I know there's help and guidance out there. It's just a matter of our figuring out how to receive the ideas or information that are waiting to be heard.

    • Jim Henson: I believe that life is basically a process of growth - that we go through many lives, choosing situations and problems that we will learn through.

    • Jim Henson: I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world, toward people, toward my work. I think I'm here for a purpose. I think it's very likely that we all are, but I'm only sure about myself. I try to tune myself in to whatever it is that I'm supposed to be, and I try to think of myself as a part of all of us - all mankind and all life. I find it's not easy to keep these lofty thoughts in mind as the day goes by, but it certainly helps me a great deal to start out this way.

    • Jim Henson: When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here. It's a wonderful life and I love it.

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