Jim Henson died on May 16, 1990. On May 16, 2013, Pete and Bill sit down to discuss what made Jim Henson and the Muppets so wonderful. There is a lot of life-affirming positivity and earnest discussion about puppets in this episode, so consider yourself warned.
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For your full enjoyment, links to things discussed on the podcast:
- Jim Henson Memorial Service, "Just One Person"
- Bill's Uncle Deadly tattoo
- Uncle Deadly and Vincent Price
- The Doozers
- Muppets riding bicycles
- The Muppet Movie, "The Rainbow Connection"
- The Paley Center for Media
- Roger Moore and Piggy, on the couch
- "What if Kermit the Frog was a real living being"
- First appearance of Snuffleupagus, complete with skeptical adults
- Mid-70s criticism of Roosevelt Franklin
- Cookie Monster, "A Cookie is a Sometimes Food"
- Objections to same, in example
- Roosevelt Franklin helps Suzetta
- Roosevelt Franklin, in portaiture
- Rowlf the Dog and Kermit the Frog, "Hope That Something Better Comes Along"
- Fozzie Bear and Kermit the Frog tell the world's funniest joke
- Muppets Take Mahattan, "Saying Goodbye"
- Life is hard for Kermit the Frog, too
- Muppets Take Mahattan, "Hmmm"
- The Great Muppet Caper, "Taxi!"
- I Appreciate The Muppets On A Much Deeper Level Than You