at Disney Legends Ceremony This Past Summer...
Jim Henson was inducted as a Disney Legend this year...
This was inconjunction with "The Muppets"
coming out on Thanksgiving,
and with his 75th Birthday,which would have been today.
The video above is from that event.
Jim did a ton of amazing things.
Too many for me to list here, that's for sure.
One thing I do want to mention is the talent he harvested.
He wasn't afraid to give new talent a chance.
The video above is absolute proof.
Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog were two of
Jim's characters as a performer.
Legends say Bill Baretta started out working at the Sesame Place amusement park
and Steve Whitmire took a train from Atlanta to New York
and knocked on the Henson Company door...
Bill is now Rowlf, and Steve has Kermit since 1990.
And that's awesome.
So, Happy 75th Birthday Mr. Henson...
And Mr. Whitmire... Happy Birthday to you too!
Keep those arms up!