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February 20, 2006

Bein' Green

Here are some excerpts from "It's Not Easy Being Green and Other Things To Consider." Some are from Jim, some are from his friends and some are from the Muppets. I think this is just as he would have liked it.

We are primarily a company of creative people, whose art we are helping to bring to the world. At the same time, we recognize that business enables art "to happen," and that business plays an essential role in communicating art to a broad audience. As both artists and businesspersons, we understand the value of both worlds, and so we bring them together in a way that facilitates the realization of our artistic vision.

Jim Henson

In a company, the mannerisms and standards of the boss trickle down. Jim always let us shine. He never demanded – he knew we wanted to give 110%. He was the example and we wanted to go be as creative and hardworking as he was. He always used praise. He never had to tell us when it wasn't going well. We knew it and we'd work hard at turning it around. He was our inspiration. Still is.

Kevin Clash (Elmo)

Here's some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs and members of Parliament.

Kermit the Frog

Wake up in the morning
get yourself to work
Fraggles never fool around
Fraggles never shirk.
Your duty's always waiting
and duty must be done.
There's Ping-Pong games that must be played
and songs that must be sung.

Gobo and the Fraggles


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I do miss the Muppets, and the brilliance known as Jim Henson behind the show…arguably the best hour of TV that ever was.

Was this one in the book?

"Near!" *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* "Far!" --Grover

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