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UNITED KINGDOM London honors Muppets creator
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON — Kermit the Frog. Miss Piggy. Animal. Statler and Waldorf. The Swedish Chef. The list goes on and on.
Everyone has their favorite Muppet. And everyone owes a debt of gratitude to one man for bringing them to life: Jim Henson.
The American creator of The Muppets was honored Tuesday in Britain with a blue plaque at his former home in north London, which he bought after The Muppet Show was commissioned for British television — 50 Downshire Hill in Hampstead.
It’s a very simple message: “Jim Henson 1936-1990 creator of The Muppets lived here.“
Henson, who lived in London from 1979 until his death in 1990 at just 53, was also known for his work on Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock and as the director of the 1980s movies The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth .
The Muppet Show was filmed at Elstree Studios, a few miles north of the British capital, and led to Henson making the U.K. a creative home for many of his subsequent projects.
The renowned London blue plaque program began more than 150 years ago. The plaques commemorate people who achieved something worthwhile in their lives and who made London their home at some point. There are more than 900 official plaques in the capital.
In a playful tribute, Kermit the Frog told BBC radio that his “great friend” Jim Henson fully deserved to be the latest person commemorated.
“Jim was wonderful, and to tell you the truth I am not exactly sure what he did with us, but let me put it to you this way: he was always around to lend a helping hand,” Kermit said.

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I ran across this article in the Dallas Morning News today and thought it was note worthy.  Henson produced some great Christmas specials, yes?

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He was top draw! My favourite character, no surprise, Animal lol

Great post Craig, thanks for the share

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1 hour ago, Rob Thompson said:

My favourite character, no surprise, Animal

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