Eleven postage stamps were launched in the United States today, dedicated to Jim Henson and his Muppets. This morning before leaving for Boston, I was up bright and early in the Manhattan post office queue, waiting to purchase my commemorate stamps. Ten Muppet characters share the sheet of stamps with a single stamp for their creator, Jim Henson. The Muppets honoured include Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle, Statler and Waldorf, Animal, Rowlf the Dog, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, Camilla the Chicken and Gonzo. Below the single Henson stamp is a larger photo in the sheet's selvage showing Henson in silhouette sitting on the floor, back to a wall, knees drawn up, and talking to Kermit. It's a wonderful sovenier reflecting a generous soul and his creative talent!
On a sad note, Paul, my television student in Oz, has just informed me about the untimely passing this week of Muppet head writer, Jerry Juhl. He will be sadly missed by all Muppet fans!