The World of Jim Henson

Today, had he lived so long, Jim Henson would have been 76 years old. Below is part 1 of 9 of a great documentary on the scope of his career and ambitions. The footage encompasses a wide range of fascinating projects covering everything from the muppets’ earliest appearances on variety shows and in commercials way back in the 1950’s and through his artier, darker post-Muppet Show work in the ’80s. It was so tragic that we lost such a genius and delightful human being so young. But it was our bittersweet luck that before he died he created so much, so tirelessly, with seemingly every minute he had alive, and therefore left us such a rich legacy nonetheless.

I highly recommend clicking through to YouTube and seeing the whole documentary.

I also recommend you use these complete playlists on YouTube to watch all the episodes of The Muppet Show and Muppets Tonight.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.