Jim Henson's Muppets

I have always been a fan of Jim Henson and the Muppets. When I was very young I had several Sesame Street puzzles and some of the original rubber finger puppets by Child Guidance. However, it wasn't until I saw The Muppet Show that I became completely hooked on Muppets for life and wanted to become a puppeteer.

This is one of my favourite books, which shows behind the scenes of the Muppet Show. My parents bought it for me when I was about 9 or 10 years old. It's a must have item for any die-hard Muppet fan. This book changed me from a shy and polite little boy into a very bizarre and quirky, shy and polite little boy. It can do the same for you... provided that you are already a little boy who is shy and polite.

Here is the set of Muppet Show dolls and puppets made by Fisher-Price between 1976 and 1978. A mouth puppet of Kermit and Fozzie Bear were also made. These toys are also responsible for what happened to me. That is, my transformation from a normal person into a fan of the Muppets.

I've collected Muppet memorabilia since my childhood and have another blog entirely dedicated to my collection. It's called Mikey's Muppet Memorabilia Museum! Here is the link: http://mikeysmuppetmemorabiliamuseum.blogspot.ca/ 

I can't imagine what the world would be like without the Muppets. When I think about growing up with Jim Henson's TV shows like Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock I realize how lucky kids of my generation were. What wonderfully imaginative programs these are to have as part of my childhood. In 1995 I finally got the opportunity to the visit the Jim Henson Productions office in New York, and shook Kermit's little froggy hand. My life's ultimate dream has been fulfilled!

Gosh...now what do I do?

Well, logically I now have to work towards meeting all of the other Muppets that have ever existed. During my 1995 visit to the Muppet Workshop I also saw Gonzo, the Muppet Newsman, Zoot and several chickens. During this time I also visited the Sesame Street studio, which was more than awesome! All of the Muppet puppeteers and writers that I met while there were all super nice people. They made my Muppet dreams come true!!! So far I've met Telly, Grover, Herry, Elmo, Grungetta, Oscar, Zoe and my favourite Sesame character, the Count! I also saw Snuffy across the room hanging out in the studio. I'm very thankful to have had that opportunity. Later on I went back to New York for a Muppet workshop instructed by Kevin Clash where I met several Fraggles. That was also very awesome!

In the early 1990s I visited the Canadian Sesame Street studio in Toronto where I met the cast: Basil, Louis and Dodi. Later in 2001, they all paid a visit to the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec (just across the bridge from Ottawa, Ontario) as part of a CBC children's television exhibit. Red and Mokey Fraggle were there too! They were also seen hanging out at the CBC Museum in Toronto. Then in 2003 I had another awesome Muppet encounter when I saw Scooter at the Ballard Museum in Connecticut. I was really happy to see Scooter as he's always been one of my favourite Muppets! Some friends of mine have joked that if I had a look alike Muppet it would be Scooter! I have no problem with that.

Perhaps someday down the road I'll have the chance to meet other Sesame characters, such as Ernie and Bert, as well as the Muppet Show gang. It would be especially awesome to see Animal. We'll see!!!

Muppet websites links:

Muppet Central The official site about everything "Muppet" just for Muppet fans http://www.muppetcentral.com/

The Muppets The official Disney website for the new movie http://disney.go.com/muppets/

Muppet Wiki Everything you ever wanted to know about the Muppets and the people who bring them to life! http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Muppet_Wiki

The Muppet Studio on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/MuppetsStudio

Sesame Street Official web site http://www.sesamestreet.org/home

Caroll Spinney Official website http://www.carollspinney.com/

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