Jim Henson

By Joshua Berl

Jim Henson was born in Mississippi on September 24, 1936.  His real name was James Maury Henson.  He was a puppeteer and he created the Muppets and made TV shows and movies about them.  He was a producer for Sesame Street and his characters were also in commercials.  He performed and was the voice of many Muppets including Ernie from Sesame Street and Kermit the Frog.  He started performing with his puppets in the 1950s, started producing for Sesame Street in 1969, and started the Muppet Show in 1976.  He went to the University of Maryland and started working on a TV show called Sam and Friends where the Muppets were born while he was a student there. 

The Muppets are usually made out of foam and covered with fur, fleece, or other felt-like material to give them their colorful appearance.  The first Kermit was made out of the old coat of Jim Henson's mother and two halves of a Ping-Pong ball were used for his eyes.

My favorite thing about Jim Henson is how he made Gonzo's nose.  I also like how Animal is so fuzzy and how Fozzie is so funny.

I was surprised to learn that Jim Henson became a puppeteer.  At first, he thought a scientist was a good job and a puppeteer was a job for kids, but then he tried working as a puppeteer and he liked it.

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