Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Jim Henson's Red Book: An essential website for Henson fans

If you're a fan of Jim Henson (and chances are, if you're reading this blog, you are) then you need to make sure you check out Jim Henson's Red Book. This wonderful blog was launched by the Jim Henson Company in September 2010 and shares daily posts from Jim Henson’s personal journals.


In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording until the end of 1988.

This online version of Jim's Red Book brings the entries from Jim’s Red Book directly to the fans. The brief entries give a day-by-day account of the life and work of Jim Henson. Many of the entries on the site are curated with additional information, insights, pictures, and videos clips from the Jim Henson Company Archives. This is truly an amazing resource! Be sure to check it out – and check back often! You can follow Jim Henson’s Red Book on Twitter (@jimsredbook) and Facebook; or visit the site itself at

Also check out the December 6, 2010 episode of the Podcast for an in-depth look at the site – including interviews with Vice President of New Media Allyson Smith and Director of Archives for The Jim Henson Company and curator of Jim's Red Book, Karen Falk (download full .MP3 here).