Growing up with Jim Henson: A Little Something for Your Inner Child

In the past week, on three separate and unrelated occasions, I remembered particular skits from the Sesame Street of my youth. I can’t recall the context of each recollection, I just know that they occurred on separate isolated days and had nothing to do with each other. And it occurred to me that these form the soundtrack of my life. They inform most of my aesthetic choices and my sense of humor. And I’m only one person! Lots of other people have these memories, too. So, I thought it would be fun to remind my fellow admirers of them here. The cool thing is that this kind of nostalgia often has the ability to spark that same childish delight it originally inspired. And who knows? Maybe it will seed something equally inspiring for the next generation.

Thank you, Jim Henson.

What’s one of your favorite bits of entertainment from early childhood?


  1. Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure why exactly, but watching these videos brought tears to my eyes. Especially the Twiddlebugs. I have such a clear memory of the first time I saw that one as a kid. Thank you so much for sharing these. It really made my day! :)

  2. Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad, Brooke! Yeah, I had a similar reaction. My husband thought I’d lost it. Ernie was always a favorite for me.

  3. Posted April 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    …A wonderful walk down memory lane. Thanks!!

  4. Posted April 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Jim Henson is my idol. I loved Fraggle Rock, Dark Crystal and Labyrinth! When I was working on my masters, we had to create a monologue as someone we admired. I chose Jim Henson. For a month, I watched and read all that was Henson. It definitely made my inner child very happy!

  5. Posted April 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    The music skit with the song mana mana! It has a place in nearly any playlist.

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