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Frylock
01-06-2007, 11:07 AM
At Jim Henson's funeral, a Kermit the Frog puppet was placed on the coffin. In his hands Kermit held up a sign which said, "I've lost my voice."

Just a mundane pointless and incredibly sad just thinking about it thing I musted share.

-FrL-

MissMossie
01-06-2007, 11:17 AM
This made me a little teary eyed. I'm going to blame it on period related hormones...

Baron Greenback
01-06-2007, 11:27 AM
I absolutely love the Jim Henson memorial statue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Jim_Henson_statue.jpg) .

Annie-Xmas
01-06-2007, 11:32 AM
:( I have always been in love with Kermit, and I was so sad when Henson died.

cruel butterfly
01-06-2007, 01:23 PM
On a slightly related note, when Mel Blanc died, there was a full-page memorial to him in a magazine. All of the Looney Tunes characters were standing together with their heads bowed low (Foghorn Leghorn, Bugs, Marvin the Martian, etc.), and beneath them, in black lettering, "We're speechless."

El Perro Fumando
01-06-2007, 01:27 PM
I absolutely love the Jim Henson memorial statue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Jim_Henson_statue.jpg) .

I love it too, and it doesn't hurt that I used to walk past it every day traveling from the education building to the math building for classes at UMD. It was a big to-do when they unveiled the statue (Willard Scott came to campus!!!).

tashabot
01-06-2007, 01:53 PM
I was only 7 when he died. I remember my dad and mom being devastated. Especially my dad, who took the nickname Gonzo a long time ago (he even ran a BBS called "Gonzo's Place"). That was the first time I consciously recall my father crying. He shut down the BBS that day with some sort of tribute on the front page.

My boyfriend burst into tears when the news broke that Joseph Barbera had died this December. In the two years I've dated him, I'd never seen him cry like that.

The description of Jim Henson's funeral, incidentally, made me burst into tears as well. Maybe I'm being hormonal, but maybe not.

~Tasha

WhyNot
01-06-2007, 02:05 PM
I think I just got something in my eye. Oh yeah, here's a piece of sentiment. :(

elelle
01-06-2007, 03:12 PM
Oh, uh-oh, looking from the linked photo to the Wiki article on Jim Henson, I gots a bit teary at this, too: from hyar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Henson):

At the memorial service many people were moved to see Kermit sitting on the coffin with a sign saying 'I lost my voice.' On the DVD commentary for the movie Love Actually, director/writer Richard Curtis describes another episode at Henson's memorial service:
"At the end of (the memorial service)... Frank Oz was talking and he suddenly lifted up Kermit's puppet and started to sing this song called One Voice. [Frank Oz was actually performing Fozzie Bear and the final song the puppeteers sang was Just One Person.] And it turned out that all the guys in the memorial service had brought their puppets with them, and they lifted them up, and when you turned around and looked backwards there were fifty puppets all singing. And Big Bird walked down the aisle of Saint Paul's Cathedral [the service was actually held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine] and they all came forward and just this massive chorus of puppets all singing...It was an extraordinary thing..."

A memorial service for him aired on PBS [citation needed] and drew millions of viewers and dozens of celebrities in reverence for his life and work. As per Henson's wishes, no one in attendance wore black, and a Dixieland jazz band finished the service by performing "When The Saints Go Marching In." In what was probably one of the most touching moments of the service, the Muppet character Big Bird (performed by Caroll Spinney) walked out onto the stage and sang a quavering rendition of Kermit the Frog's signature song, "Bein' Green."[2]

What a gift Jim Henson gave us: great characters that were simple to the eye, yet complex to the heart and foibles of life. It really is a testament to his ability that the Muppet characters are very able to continue so long after he's gone onyond. Other puppet favorites, Charley McCarthy, Howdy Doody, etc., aren't active past their human operators.

if6was9
01-06-2007, 03:25 PM
I saved this cartoon (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v340/if6was9/SnoopyDad.jpg) after Charles Schulz died.

FaerieBeth
01-06-2007, 03:47 PM
Here's a view of Speechless (http://synthrick.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/speechless.jpg) that was drawn after Mel Blanc died.

BluePitbull
01-06-2007, 05:06 PM
Here's a view of Speechless (http://synthrick.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/speechless.jpg) that was drawn after Mel Blanc died.

Now I feel sad. I didn't know he voiced more characters than just Bugs Bunny

Dewey Finn
01-06-2007, 05:27 PM
Another Mel Blanc story, which I first heard on the 60 Minutes profile of him and which is in his Wikipedia biography. In 1961, he was in a coma in an LA hospital after an automobile accident. After several weeks of not getting a response from him, one doctor asked him, "How are you today, Bugs Bunny?" and he replied in Bugs' voice, awakening from the coma.

threnodyangelfire
01-06-2007, 06:06 PM
I know i'm not hormonal, but I did just wake up. The pictures are all incredibly beautiful and incredibly sad. Thanks for sharing. :)

Ice Wolf
01-06-2007, 06:14 PM
Even after all this time, it's still sad. :(

Contrapuntal
01-06-2007, 06:15 PM
Now I feel sad. I didn't know he voiced more characters than just Bugs BunnyHe was known as The Man of 1000 Voices. Hyperbole, perhaps, but not by much.

http://www.filmreference.com/Writers-and-Production-Artists-Ba-Bo/Blanc-Mel.html

Shirley Ujest
01-06-2007, 06:21 PM
I don't need to have PMS to get all blubbery over the loss of my childhood friends.

Agonist
01-06-2007, 11:13 PM
If music affects you, don't click the link to this Jim Henson tribute song, A Boy and His Frog (http://www.tomsmithonline.com/freestuff/oddio/BoyFrog.mp3)

What Exit?
01-07-2007, 12:28 AM
Again, kind of related, when Jerry Garcia died, my wife and I had only recently got on the web and she was looking at the new VW Bug. VW added a special link to a classic VW crying over Jerry's Death.

This is the picture from the website (http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/showimage.aspx?gid=215535&ppid=1122&image=29517204&images=29516939,29517204,29517366&formats=0,0,0&format=0). It is on Ebay, so I have no idea how long the link will be good.

Imagine a VW Camper line pencil drawing with a big blue teardrop coming out the left headlight.

Jim

badkittypriestess
01-07-2007, 12:45 AM
Here's a view of Speechless (http://synthrick.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/speechless.jpg) that was drawn after Mel Blanc died.


I actually have this very picture hanging up in my office in my house. :(
I still love watching Looney Tunes and my kids love it too! I bought it when we had a Looney Toons store here in Colorado. He was awesome.

badkittypriestess
01-07-2007, 12:47 AM
At Jim Henson's funeral, a Kermit the Frog puppet was placed on the coffin. In his hands Kermit held up a sign which said, "I've lost my voice."

Just a mundane pointless and incredibly sad just thinking about it thing I musted share.

-FrL-

I have sadly forgotten when he died....can you refresh my memory? Thanks

What Exit?
01-07-2007, 01:06 AM
I have sadly forgotten when he died....can you refresh my memory? Thanks
May 16, 1990

Jim Henson died of pneumonia caused by severe Streptococcus "A" bacteria[1] at the age of 53 on May 16, 1990.

badkittypriestess
01-07-2007, 01:16 AM
May 16, 1990

Thanx a bunch, couldn't remember and I'm to lazy to look it up.

Blessed Be!

lokij
01-07-2007, 01:31 AM
If music affects you, don't click the link to this Jim Henson tribute song, A Boy and His Frog (http://www.tomsmithonline.com/freestuff/oddio/BoyFrog.mp3)


I was Just about to contribute that link. Love Tom Smith.

badkittypriestess
01-07-2007, 01:47 AM
I was Just about to contribute that link. Love Tom Smith.

I just tried twice to listen to the song. Damn friggin' internet won't play it. I keep getting the "error on page" crap!

if6was9
01-07-2007, 02:39 AM
If music affects you, don't click the link to this Jim Henson tribute song, A Boy and His Frog (http://www.tomsmithonline.com/freestuff/oddio/BoyFrog.mp3)
Damn. :(

MerryMagdalen
01-07-2007, 05:08 AM
I am crazy for the Muppets (I'm still ticked at Antigen for thinking of Muppet Labs as a location before me) and I have the original Life magazine from when he died. Kermit, looking very sad on Jim Henson's director's chair.

Big Bird sang "It's Not Easy Being Green" at the funeral. There was a good description in the zine; if someone reminds me I'll try to scan the image and upload it. (Tips?)

Carl Corey
01-07-2007, 08:46 AM
This thread is making me a little misty-eyed. Mel Blanc and Jim Henson were two of my favorite performers growing up.

delphica
01-07-2007, 09:51 AM
I saved this cartoon (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v340/if6was9/SnoopyDad.jpg) after Charles Schulz died.

Even though I thought I was prepared for the general gist of the cartoon based on the content of this thread, emotionally it still got in a sucker punch when I clicked that link.

On a more upbeat note, sometime in the mid-90s I attended a casual dinner party where another guest brought one of Jim Henson's sons as her date. In addition to being a very nice and pleasant guy in his own right, it was uncanny how much his voice sounded like his father's. Obviously, he wasn't speaking in a Kermit voice, but he had this same vocal quality that one heard in both Kermit's voice and Jim Henson's own speaking voice. It was like getting a little unexpected gift to hear this echo of Kermit the Frog.

What Exit?
01-07-2007, 10:39 AM
Even though I thought I was prepared for the general gist of the cartoon based on the content of this thread, emotionally it still got in a sucker punch when I clicked that link.

On a more upbeat note, sometime in the mid-90s I attended a casual dinner party where another guest brought one of Jim Henson's sons as her date. In addition to being a very nice and pleasant guy in his own right, it was uncanny how much his voice sounded like his father's. Obviously, he wasn't speaking in a Kermit voice, but he had this same vocal quality that one heard in both Kermit's voice and Jim Henson's own speaking voice. It was like getting a little unexpected gift to hear this echo of Kermit the Frog.
Back in Spring of 1990 I was crewing on the Clearwater (http://www.clearwater.org/sail.html). The first mate was a wonderful singer that worked both on Broadway and at the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop). She did a lot of set design and knew Jim Henson a little. She mentioned he was the nicest person she ever met and that the CTW was the best job she ever had and she hoped she would work there forever.

In interviews about him, I have yet to see a negative word spoken about him. I think if you looked in a dictionary of phrases for "Only The Good Die Young", it would have a picture Jim Henson.

Jim

Loach
01-07-2007, 12:22 PM
I absolutely love the Jim Henson memorial statue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Jim_Henson_statue.jpg) .

I had no idea this existed. I was last on the University of Maryland campus in 1989 when we came to a mutual understanding about my future with that organization. I was aware that Henson graduated from UMD.

Agonist
01-07-2007, 02:23 PM
I just tried twice to listen to the song. Damn friggin' internet won't play it. I keep getting the "error on page" crap!
You could also try downloading the song from this page: http://www.tomsmithonline.com/freestuff.htm

badkittypriestess
01-07-2007, 02:33 PM
You could also try downloading the song from this page: http://www.tomsmithonline.com/freestuff.htm

Thanks! Mrbadkitty got it to work for me...sad, sad, song! :(

Skywatcher
01-08-2007, 02:19 PM
He was known as The Man of 1000 Voices. Hyperbole, perhaps, but not by much.Mel Blanc apparently (http://www.radiogoldindex.com/frame1.html) started out as a vocal sound effect man for Jack Benny's radio program. According to the IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000305/), his first appearance with WB was uncredited hiccup noises.

Rilchiam
01-09-2007, 08:20 AM
I saved this cartoon (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v340/if6was9/SnoopyDad.jpg) after Charles Schulz died.

Oh, you want Schulz tributes? Here's a whole slew of them (http://www.cagle.com/news/peanuts/) from Daryl Cagle's site. The retirement strips are mixed in with the memorial strips. Two of my favorites are on this page. (http://www.cagle.com/news/peanuts/p23.asp)

Also, the second one on this page (http://www.cagle.com/news/peanuts/p34.asp) is, I think, the only one to make note of the fact that Charles Schulz and Tom Landry died within hours of each other. I remember that so clearly. Checked CNN, saw that Landry died, woke up Mr. Rilch. "That's unfortunate...Don't wake me up again." Went back, saw CNN's front page, thought, "That can't be...My eye must have skipped from the headline about Landry dying to the headline about Schulz retiring..." :eek: :( "Sweetie? I know I said I wouldn't wake you up again, but Charles Schulz died."